Life and Times of a Swedish American Family by Gloria Anderson Richert
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Life and Times of a Swedish American Family
The story of one extended family’s odyssey from Skåne in southern Sweden in 1509 to the north-central United States today.
5½ x 8½ inches, 348 pages with 60 photographs, and includes 8 pages of genealogical charts from 1794 to the present.
The family’s story is told within a vivid historical context, including:
Swedish history, including wars with Denmark and Norway Military system 1683-1904
Church history: confirmation, examination (Husförhör), annual
Public, church-state education
Cottage industry prior to the Industrial Revolution United States
Church denominational comparisons
Great Depression, Civil War, World Wars I & II
The Author's Preface
"This is the story of two Swedish immigrants and their families who dared to leave their homes behind in Skåne and Östergötland, Sweden to realize the American dream. Ola at three years of age, along with his brother, Peter, came to the United States with his parents, Nils and Elna Persson in 1874. Ola came from simple, hard working people formed by the land from which they came, and the generations who had preceded them in Sweden as related in the Prologue, 'Back in Time.'
Anna, daughter of Adolf and Kristina Elizabeth Sten immigrated by herself at the age of 15 in 1887. After sveral years in America, she met the young and dashing Ola. They fell in love, married and began to raise a family.
This immigrant story is based on their lives, bridging two continents and several generations. All names, places, dates and events concerning the family were authentically researched in both Sweden and the United States. Some of the conversations, details and descritptions have been added in order to depict the people and their lives more realistically. However, nothing has been included in the story that would not seem a natural assumption from family and historical records. The letters in chapters twenty four and twenty eight were translated from the original Swedish, and those written in English were carefully checked and substantiated. Authentic Swedish recipes were graciously shared by relatives and friends in the homeland.
It is hoped that this book will provide much interesting reading, information and reflection about the life and epxeriences of an extended Swedish and Swedish-American Family."
About the Author
"Gloria Anderson Richert was born in 1928 of Swedish ancestry on a farm near Merrill, Michigan. After high school, she went on to graduate from Alma College, Alma, Michigan, where she earned a bachelor of Music degree in 1950 followed by a Master's degree from the University of Michigan School of Music in Ann Arbor in 1952. After nine years of teaching... she married Rev. Paul Richert in 1960, pastor in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. They served for thirty years at Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe, Michigan where their three children were born and raised.
Since retirement in 1990, Paul has ministered three chruches on an interim basis and is still serving at this writing, while Gloria continuesto be active in her role as a pastor's wife. Though music is her first love, Gloria has always been inspired to write. She wrote the book "Six Week's Wonders," after their missionary exchange trip to Japan in 1971, and "Thirty Years at Grace," in 2005 honoring the 75th anniversary of Grace Lutheran. Since then, as time would allow, she has become deeply interested in her genalogical roots. And hence, the book, "Life and Times of a Swedish American Family."