05

June

The Tour of the Ryd Village

We drove in a caravan out to the Ryd village, a few kilometers away. I was excited to see this village as it had figured in the letters that I had read from a young woman, Tilda Löfgren, who emigrated from this village to Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 18 in 1905. She was [...]

05

June

Fröreda Storegård, the Old Village

We left Kongsbron and drove only a few hundred meters to Fröreda Storegård. Dick Lövgren was our guide at this site. Storegård was one of four farms that originally grouped their buildings at this site to form the village of Fröreda. The closely clustered wooden buildings were easy targets for an accidental fire in 1683 [...]

05

June

Gunnar Fridolf Löfgren’s House and Kungsbron (the King’s Bridge)

In the morning Jan drove over to Rödjenäs to pick up Judy and Nancy and drive them back to Kvillsfors for the activities. We drove with Aron, Lilly and Jack in the back seat of our rental car. Our first stop was at Jan’s grandfather Hjalmar’s younger brother Gunnar’s house near Kvillsfors.

04

June

June 4, 2012: Visit to Målilla, Home of Lena Sofia Kämpe

After the reunion on June 2, Barbro and Åke stayed over until Monday because they had arranged a meeting with the Kämpe relatives in the area of Målilla where Daryl’s great grandmother Lefgren, ne Lena Sofia Kämpe, was born and grew to adulthood. Barbro and Åke had been here before looking at and photographing the various homes where the Kämpe ancestors lived. They had also met Rune Kämpe, Daryl’s second cousin once removed. Rune is the grandson of Per August Kämpe, the brother of Lena Sofia. Rune helped them to locate several homes where Lena Sofia or her family lived. Barbro and Åke have been adopted as honorary Kämpes and attended a Kämpe family reunion. (Kämpe is pronounced Shempa, approximately.)

02

June

Lövgren/Lefgren family reunion

Jan Lövgren planned a family reunion of his Lövgren cousins to coincide with the visit to Sweden of Daryl Hallquist, Nancy Lefgren Porter and Judy Lefgren McCracken. This was on June 2, 2012. Klas Oskar Löfgren’s son, Hjalmer, had nine children. In 2012, of these nine children, four were still living of which three attended [...]