|The Ekman children in Sweden |
Back: Carl, Rudolf, Lars
Front: Ida, Amanda, Axel
|This "moving in/moving out" parish record shows Lars Theodor immigrated from America into the parish on 24 Dec 1880. Note his date of birth is listed as 4 Jan 1855.|
|Note that his year of birth is again listed as 1855. Also, we see him trying out the name "Thom."|
Some time between the filing of his first papers in April of 1883, and the winter of 1884/85, Lars, the brother who encouraged his family to come to America, left Wisconsin for Minnesota, where he can be found on the 1 May1885 state census in Lura, Fairibault County.
|He indicates here that he is 24, rather than 30.|
Over the next 15 years, Lars's age remains consistent with a birth year of 1859. In 1892, his brother Axel and his wife Anna Laurentia (Martini) immigrate, and can be found living with Lars's family on the 1895 state census. Lars's age is consistent, but by 1895, he's trying out another name: Lewis.
Lars and Effie's last child, Hester Anna, was born 2 Jul 1896 in Fairibault County. Some time after this, Lars once again convinced his brother and sister to move where the opportunities were better, and all three siblings moved to Roberts County, South Dakota, near Big Stone Lake, which borders Minnesota and South Dakota.
The next few years were to be tumultuous for the Ekmans, and would ultimately split up the siblings forever.
This photo shows Lars and Effie's children in about 1899. Eda, the oldest, would turn 14 in November of that year, while Hester Anna, the youngest, would have been about 3.
|Edna, Charlie, Eda, Victor, Hester Anna, Edgar|
Eda wrote the following in a letter to Marie (Steel) Ekman, Charlie's daughter-in-law, back in the 1970's:
...we lived with my folks Lewis Ekman then when I was 13 my grandmother (Hester Ann Salley Bassett) sent for three of us we were in S. Dakota and we come to Minnesota that is Edgar, Vic and myself.Eda would have been 13 in 1899, but on the 1900 census, we find Lars and the three mentioned above all living with their father at their aunt and uncle's farm. (Note: it lists Edna on the sheet, but the month/year for the birth date is Eda's. No census record can be found for Jake and Effie in 1900, but their first two children were born in Carlton County, where Edna married her husband James McCollum in 1903, so it can be presumed that it was Eda on this record, not Edna.)
That summer of 1900, Axel had a fall (stories vary about how he fell and what he fell on), but on August 1, he died after a long illness resulting from that fall.
Next time...what did happen to Lars?