My grandfather Hjalmar Nels Branstrom was born 10-3-1883 in the small town of Ersmark Sweden. He grew up on a farm with his brother Johan Hugo and sisters Jenny & Hildur. In 1903, he traveled to America and joined a small group of immigrants from Ersmark in Evanston, IL.His sister Jenny immigrated in 1909 and his brother Johan Hugo immigrated in 1910. Hugo had married in Sweden and had a son Fritz (Fred). His wife Adeline & son Fritz immigrated in 1912. His sister Hildur remained in Sweden.
My thought regarding why Evanston, instead of, Chicago is because the 1st immigrant from Ersmark settled in Evanston and sponsored subsequent immigrants from Ersmark. From my research, John Albin Gronlund was the immigrant from Ersmark he was in the 1896 Evanston phone directory.
Our family moved in with my grandfather the year I born because my grandmother passed away.
My favorite childhood memories of my grandfather:
- Him sitting on the front porch in his chair listening to the Chicago Cubs on his transistor radio.
- Running to the corner drugstore to buy him the newspaper (Herald American) or snuff (Seal brand). Sometimes he would give me a nickel for a popsicle or push-up. I bought snuff from Gramps & cigars for my Dad. I was probably in my 20s before I realized you were supposed to be 18 to buy tobacco products.
- Him calling me his little Boom Boom because I was always coming home with bloody knees from playing in the alley.
Johan Johansson family:
My grandfather was Nils Hjalmar Brännström (1883-10-03).
Min farfar var Nils Hjalmar Brännström (1883/10/03).
In 1903, he came to America on the Friesland to Philadelphia. He traveled with Nils Bergmark (1883-04-06) son of Eva & Johan August Bergmark of Ersmark. His sponsor was Albin Gronlund 1026 Florence Ave. Evanston, Illinois.
År 1903 kom han till Amerika på Friesland till Philadelphia. Han reste med Nils Bergmark (1883/04/06), son till Eva & Johan August Bergmark i Ersmark. Hans sponsor hade Albin Grönlund 1026 Florence Ave. Evanston, Illinois. Jag mailar en kopia av fartyget registret är det inte bra kvalitet.
Hjalmar Nils Brannstrom married Annie Hagglund (9-17-1909).
Son Ben Edward born 4-23-1911, died 1-20-1912.
Son Carl Arthur born 3-5-1913, died 4-30-1991.
Hjalmar Nils Brannstrom gifta Annie Hägglund (1909/09/17).
Son Ben Edward född 1911/04/23, död 1912/01/20.
Son Carl Arthur född 1913/03/05, död 1991/04/30.
Nils Bergmark married Ellen Lagenhof (10-7-1905).
Son Bertel Bergmark born in 1906
Daughter Mabel born in 1908
In 1910, they lived at 1224 Cleveland in Evanston, IL. Nils Bergmark’s brother Karl born 1889 lived with them.
In 1920, the family lived in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
In 1929, Nils died.
In 1930, the family lived in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Daughter, Gladys born in 1909.
Nils Bergmark gifte Ellen Lagenhof (1905/10/07).
Son Bertel Bergmark är född 1906
Dotter Mabel född 1908
År 1910 bodde de på 1224 Cleveland i Evanston, IL. Nils Bergmark bror Karl född 1889 bodde med dem.
År 1920 bodde familjen i Benton Harbor, Michigan.
År 1929 dog Nils.
År 1930 bodde familjen i Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Dotter, Gladys född 1909.
My grandfather’s sister Jenny Brannstrom (1887-01-03) came to America in 1909. She traveled with Frans Bergmark son of Eva & Johan August Bergmark of Ersmark. Her sponsor was her brother Nils Hjalmar 1700 Washington St. Evanston, IL.
Jenny Brannstrom married Olaf Edward Lind (b. 1887)
Son, Ralph Lind (b.1927)
Min farfars syster Jenny Brännström 1887/01/03) kom till Amerika 1909. Hon reste med Frans Bergmark son Eva & Johan August Bergmark i Ersmark. Hennes sponsor var hennes bror Nils Hjalmar 1700 Washington St Evanston, IL. Jag kommer att maila fartyget registret.
Jenny Brannstrom gifte Olaf Edward Lind (f. 1887)
Son, Ralph Lind (b.1927)
My grandfather’s brother Johan Hugo Brannstrom (1882-03-05) came to America in 1910 on the Lusitania.
His wife and son Adeline Öman Brannstrom and Fritz H Brannstrom came to America in 1912 on the Lusitania.
Son, Fritz (Fred) H (b. 1910)
Son, Raymond H (b.1914)
Daughter, Ruth (b. 1921-01-31)
Min farfars bror Johan Hugo Brännström 1882/03/05) kom till Amerika 1910 på Lusitania.
Hans fru och son Adeline Öhman Brannstrom och Fritz H Brannstrom kom till Amerika år 1912 på Lusitania.
Son, Fritz (Fred) H (f. 1910)
Son, Raymond H (b.1914)
Dotter, Ruth (f. 1921/01/31)
I have researched other people that came from Ersmark/Skelleftea to Evanston where myself and my family lived, as follows:
9-29-1902 on the Celtic from Liverpool,
Anna Nystrom, age 24, 1432 Main St., Evanston, IL
Bessy Nystrom, age 22, 1432 Main St., Evanston, IL
Hilma Anderson, age 22, Brother G. Davidson, 541 Florence Ave., Evanston, IL
Oscar Enmark, age 20, no sponsor
Johan Carlberg, age 18, Sister Hanna Gronlund, Evanston, IL
Gotthard Gronlund, age 19, Brother A Gronlund, Evanston, IL
Jag har forskat andra människor som kom från Ersmark / Skellefteå till Evanston, där jag och min familj bodde, enligt följande:
1902/09/29 på Celtic från Liverpool,
Anna Nyström, ålder 24, 1432 Main St, Evanston, IL
Bessy Nyström, ålder 22, 1432 Main St, Evanston, IL
Hilma Anderson, ålder 22, Brother G. Davidson, 541 Florence Ave., Evanston, IL
Oscar Enmark, 20 år, ingen sponsor
Johan Carlberg, 18 år, syster Hanna Grönlund, Evanston, IL
Gotthard Grönlund, 19 år, Brother A Grönlund, Evanston, IL
Another person from Ersmark document is Nils Burman.
Nils Burman married Hilma Anderson (11-16-1909) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Evanston, IL.
In 1910, they lived in Evanston, IL. Victor Lundstrom born 1888 lived with them.
En annan person som nämns i Ersmark dokumentet är Nils Burman.
Nils Burman gifte Hilma Anderson (11-16-1909) vid Immanuel Lutheran Church i Evanston, IL.
År 1910 bodde de i Evanston, IL. Victor Lundström född 1888 bodde med dem.