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John Olof Lindblom Family


After arriving from northern Sweden, John and Helen Lindblom first lived on a farm in the Isanti, Minnesota area. Four of their children, John Albert, Daniel E., Hannah Helen, and Lydia, were born there. They sold their farm and in the spring of 1870, headed for Kiron, Iowa to be with some of their Swedish friends.

They bought the southwestern quarter section of Stockholm section 5 which adjoined the "Old Kiron" intersection. Here their children, Christina Hazel, Elizabeth, Andrew Emanuel, Alfred Edwin, Amy, and Alfred John were born. Their family was hit hard in the diptheria epidemic of 1876 and 1877 when their four oldest boys passed away.

In February of 1883, the family sold their Stockholm township farm and moved to LaCenter, Washington which is across the river and a little north of Portland, Oregon. Daughter Pearl V. was born there. The mother, Helen, died there on 9 December 1895. In spite of his civil war injuries, John lived a little longer and died at Portland on 19 July 1916.

In this post 1900 picture, John is present with 7 of his children: Hannah, Lydia, Hazel, Bessie, Amy, Alfred John, and Pearl.

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May 2001: Pictures in this collection were furnished by Pat LaRock.