10

June

Visit to Barbro and Åke in Hasslösa

After bidding the Lövgren cousins a fond farewell, we spent our last night at Rödjenäs. Getting up early the next morning, packing up the car, we drove to Hasslösa to visit Barbro and Åke. Hasslösa is close to the city of Lidköping which is on the shores of Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden. [...]

09

June

Lövgren/Lefgren Little Reunion, our last day at Rödjenäs

At the big reunion one week ago on June 2, 65 members of the Lövgren family had convened to meet the Lefgrens in Kvillsfors. Aron, Lilly and Jack had left on the midnight train for Stockholm and Daryl and I were alone in the big house at Rödjenäs. We had invited Jan, Per and Dick [...]

07

June

Eksjö, the Wooden City

One of the very few sites we visited in Sweden strictly as tourists was Eksjö (57.67, 14.97). Jan Lövgren commented that it means “Oak Lake” and that its pronunciation is difficult, sounding something like coughing and spitting. Barbro and Åke had brought us here the very first day they spent with us. Eksjö is famous [...]

06

June

Järnforsen and Jan’s Lake House

In the morning Nancy and Judy were departing from the Nassjö train station for a trip to Denmark to visit Erstad, the birthplace of their maternal grandmother and her brother, the Danish sculpture artist Anders Bundgaard. They would also visit Copenhagen and see some of their great uncle Ander’s sculptures. We drove them to the [...]

05

June

Klas Oskar’s House

Jan asked us if we were up for a rather difficult trek through the forest to see what remained of the cottage where Klas Oskar and his family moved after he lost his arm and could no longer serve as the resident village soldier. This was a small crofter’s cottage with a small amount of land surrounding it. Originally it had been on a road but since it was abandoned in 1925, the forest has overgrown the road making it somewhat difficult to reach. I was eager to see the cottage that had figured in the letters daughter Tilda had written to her parents in this location. I wanted to see the complete picture of where her parents sat as they read her letters and where she herself lived until she emigrated in 1905.