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Ths Story of Marie, a 19 Century Swedish Immigrant to Minnesota in America part 5-her 2nd letter

Updated on April 27, 2018
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Comments on 2nd letter

Although Marie does not mention the names of the ships it would appear that she probably took the S/S Juno of the Wilson line from Trondheim, Norway to Hull, England. From there she most likely took a train to Liverpool. She would than have taken another ship to Quebec, Ontario.

Since she was in Chicago before going to Minnesota it seems likely she went from Quebec to Chicago by train.

Marie’s birth name was Brita Maria Ericson. In this letter she signs herself Maria. When she mentions the Hoglund's she is referring to her brother’s home. Hoglund is the name adopted in America. It is uncertain why they chose that name but there were a number of reasons for name changes, Sometimes names were assigned. Marie eventually adopts the name Hoglund as well.

The dream of flowers might symbolize expectations and hope for love and relationships.

I noted her comment about “regards to all who wish regards from me.” She seems a bit bitter about rejection from brothers.

2nd Letter

The Atlantic Ocean November 2nd, 1893

   Dear Mother!

   I promised to write to you so often as possible and I think it will be the best to write again.

  We now are on the Ocean. Today it will be 8 days since we left England. There hasn’t been any storm but there is a  head wind so it goes very slowly.

            I haven’t been sick this time, only a little the first day. Since that time I have been well and I

  can both eat and sleep. We get much food, different food every day, and 5 dishes every dinner.

It isn’t more then 300 emigrants at the ship, most of them from Scandinavia.

           Many people are coming from Gothenburg and   many young people who are very nice. We have had great fun during the whole trip so it couldn’t be much better. I’m not worried about I haven’t any company when I have been lucky enough to be well. In other case it had been difficult for me. Many people have been ill. One child has died. It was 3 years old. They left it  into the Ocean. It was a child of an English family.

Today we have seen the coast and then we did as we saw at the card at home. The card where

the mother of Sundstrom’s is. We did sun shelf and looked.

This night I have dreamed I was home and was going to America and you mother had did a  garland of red flowers to give it to me for the journey. I myself picked lingonberry to have with me    but it wasn’t true.

I haven’t more to write about this time. I will leave the letter in Quebec so you will have it

quickly. We have to go inside the islands 2 days before we are in Quebec. You will have a telegram too. I will write as soon I have arrived at Hoglund’s.

My regards to all who want to have regards from me. At this occasion most of the people are on the deck dancing. It is very cold here so it is good to have warm clothes.


Now I have left my birth country and am going to a foreign coast. Whatever will meet me in the world God has promised to be with me on the trip a foreign coast. What ever will meet me in


Don’t be worry Mamma. Once again we will meet, if not before so after death. We will be brought together only by God.  Please, pray for my soul.The body can’t miss the fates which are meaning but let us hope the best.


Live well by the protection of God Maria wishes

My regards to all people at the Bergqvist family and to Henrietta,

Liverpool street scene

© 2009 Don A. Hoglund


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    • Storytellersrus profile image


      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Good idea!

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      This has not been that popular on hubpages.Probably too long. I think I may use some other material with it and use it for an ebook later.

    • Storytellersrus profile image


      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      da, I will return tomorrow. I have to run some errands now that the temp has cooled a bit. I am curious. We will see! Thanks for the information. Voted up- did I say that?

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids


      There is a link to the first hub just below the vote buttons.Marie is my great aunt, my grandfathers sister.She wrote the letters and my sister got them from relatives in Sweden.My sister did a family history the old fashioned way, without the help of the internet.

      For some of the hubs I made up scenes to fill the gaps.Her story rather fascinated me because I didn't think women in that day did anything on there own.There are eleven hubs altogether.I hope your curiosity is strong enough to endure.


    • Storytellersrus profile image


      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      da, I have often thought the same thing- it would be terrible, thinking you would never see your mother again, though she was alive. My ancestors also took the boat from Norway to the US and eventually to North Dakota, where they farmed or owned shops. It was a very difficult life. I wonder where you got this letter, if it is real- or is this a compilation of stories you have read or family stories? I see that there are links to other hubs about Marie. But isn't her name yours? Is this a family member? Perhaps these questions are answered in your first hub. I will have to find it! Thanks. You tweaked my curiosity button.

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Peggy W

      I imagine it was hard but maybe we are more reluctant to make these kind of changes than people of an earlier time were. Thanks for your comments.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It must have been so hard in those days to depart knowing that they would probably never see their loved ones again.


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