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Jonas Olson family papers

Consists of a manuscript describing the Olson family’s history beginning with Jonas (born 1831) and his wife Anna Britta Hed (born 1835). The manuscript talks about their lives as immigrants and pioneers in Minnesota. History about their daughter Josephine and her husband John Olson and their personalities and their children is also discussed.

Baalson Centennial Family History

These documents are the family history of the Baalson family beginning with Ellen and Kari Baalson who came to America in 1861. Their descendents numbered close to 400 one hundred years later. The program for the Baalson Centennial shows that the event took place 4 July 1961 at Big Grove Church in Brooten, Minnesota. There is also a booklet that has a poem “Ode to Ellen and Kari Baalson” by Herman Baalson (the only living child of Ellen and Kari), a foreword by George Baalson, a family tree, a brief sketch of Elle and Kari Baalson’s history with a picture, and short biographies of family members.

Ole Nilsen Hegna Papers

"My journey to America and reminiscences of the Civil War" by Ole Nilson Hegna includes a 5 page typed document and 3 handwritten notes concerning the Civil War and the Fifteenth Wisconsin Regiment.

Edward Emanuel Johnson

This file includes a copy of Edward Emanuel Johnson's newspaper obituary, a copy of Johnson's record of naturalization, and a copy of an individual's reminiscences of meeting Johnson at the age of 92. There is also a copy of a travel permit for Anna Oberg that was signed by her pastor in Lyrestad, Skaraborg, Sweden, a copy of an application for placer mining signed by Edvard Johnson and a mining certificate issued by the Dominion of Canada in 1898. An issue of The Sea Chest, the journal of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, in addition to copies of photographs of Johnson's shipyard and with Anna Oberg for their wedding.


Original scrapbook of Olav Boen with pasted in pictures, postcards, and invitations.

Scrapbook and Postcards, 1915-1947

Scrapbook contains:

  • Two postcards, one written in Swedish by Stephen to Emma Forslund in Sweden and one written in English by Signe to Stephen Forslund.
  • Wedding announcements
  • Death announcements
  • Wedding anniversary articles
  • Articles about Swedes and people living in Tacoma.
  • Article written by Stephen Forslund
  • Pictures of graduates in 1934.
  • Picture and article about Lillian Farrier and Marjorie Johnson
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