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The interview was conducted with Ed Carlson on September 30, 1981 in Aberdeen, Washington. This interview contains information on personal background, emigration, settling in, work, family, social organizations, and return trips to Sweden. The interview was conducted in English with some Swedish towards the end of the interview.
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Ed Carlson was born Carl Gustav Edward Carlson on June 17, 1897 in Åsa, Småland, Sweden. Ed's parents, Emma and Johannes Carlson, had three other children: Einar, Alved, and Selma. Ed attended school for seven years and worked on a farm after classes. In 1916 Ed left for the United States on his own and settled in Aberdeen, Washington. After working for a time in a shipyard building boats for the army, Ed got a job at a Swedish sawmill where he worked for 25 years. In 1924 Ed married Anna Anderson, and they had four children. Ed is a member of the Vasa Lodge where they practice Swedish traditions; he still speaks the language at times. Ed has taken several return trips to Sweden, although he is glad that he lives in America.
Father: Johannes Carlson. Mother: Emma Carlson. Paternal Grandfather: Carl Granat Maternal. Grandfather: Lindblad. Brothers and Sisters: Einar Carlson, Alved Carlson, Selma Carlson. Spouse: Anna Anderson Carlson. Children: Dale Carlson, Alan Carlson, Paul Carlson.