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By Viveka Grinde 2008.
Carl-Johan Carlström was born at Lyrestad,
Västergötland in 1841.
parents were Carl Henriksson and Greta Jonsdotter. Fredrika
Carlström was born at Vibygård, Närke in 1847 and her parents were
Lars Olsson and Kerstin Andersdotter. Carl-Johan worked as a
carpenter and farmer.
The life of
Carl-Johan and Fredrika.
We don’t know how Carl-Johan came to
live in Viby or how he met Fredrika, but we know that they settled
in their own house at Egelsta, Edsberg in 1869. The first children
Tora, Amanda, David , Elisabet and Hjalmar were born there. The
sixth child Oscar was born at Höga in November 1878, on the very day
the family settled there. They had built another house with a barn
on some land they had bought there. All the other children were born
at Höga: Gustaf, Gottfrid, Gerda and Gerhard, the last one in 1888.
Ten children grew up in the small cottage where
Carl-Johan also worked as a cabinet maker. He had his working bench
in the living room where everything took place. Hjalmar writes in
his memories that his father was a hard-working man who often
returned home quite ill but he was a jovial person very much aware
of his dignity. Hjalmar writes about his mother Fredrika that she
had a very good and sensitive character and always found out how to
handle difficult situations. The daily chores and the big family
came out hard on her health and her heart grew very weak. To ease
her burden her sister offered to take care of some of the children.
Hjalmar refused and went back to his family but Gerda remained with
Aunt and Uncle Larsson all her childhood and found a good home
there. During the mother’s illness the older sisters and brothers
left their home and started working but kept well in touch with the
parents by letters still remaining. Fredrika died in 1896, her
husband two years later. Before his death, he married a woman called
Lotta, for economic reasons, they said.
When the father died the youngest son Gerhard
was placed with other relatives, Karl and Lovisa Pettersson,
Västanmossa. He went to school at Viby School, the others at Berga.
Probably the children went to Sunday school at Stenkulla, but there
is no evidence that the family belonged to that free church. We know
that the family loved music and reading and that they all were very
good at writing.
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