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Family history part 5

Updated on December 24, 2009

The Cobbler's wife

Paulus and Maja moved into their first home in 1860 It was a barn on the farm of Dacke. He was born as a poor farmer and later became a shoe maker, where he would travel around the area from house to house constructing shoes for every member of a family. He acrried a wagon with him full of wooden "Lasts" in the shape of various foot sizes, pick out the closest one which matched a persons foot and wrap leather around it, making as many adjustments as possible untill it fit the individuals foot precisely. in his later life Paulus became extremely illl of some incurable disease. His beloved wife Maja and her children carted him off to a hospital in Stockholm. Maja was advised by the doctore not to carry the body home with them possibly so not to infect the rest of the family. Maja's life was full of trials as he had to watch her son Anders loose his life early on. Her other son Jonas immigrated to America. Maja was a widdow for twenty Seven Years before she was laid to rest, in Liden.

Paulus and Maja's children were Abraham, Anders, Johan, And Jonas.

John and Charlotte

Jonas Changed the spelling of his name to John, when he immigrated in 1892 to Spalding , Minnesota where he met his wife Ottolina Eld. She was born in the Jamtland providence of Sweden in 1884. Ottolina wnet by her middle name Charlotte. While growing up in Sewden, Jonas travled around with his father helping him with his dad's shoe repair business, along with rafting logs down the river, despite the fact that he never learned how to Swim.

He used to play a game with his brother Anders where he would put his foot on a choping block and pull it away before his brother's axe would strike a log. He finally ended the game when he lost part of his big toe.

Jonas kept in touch with his family despite the fact that he never returned to sweden. They sent many letters back and forth to eachother. When John moved to Silverdale, Washington, he became a professional logger untill a drought hit the area and he had to file for bankruptcy. John then had to move his family back to Minnesota where he continued in logging and surveying for the industry. during this time he made friends with the local chippawa tribe and learned their language. as a souvioneer they gave to him a stone peace pipe. This business however did not pan out for him, so he became a farmer and later went back to cobbling in the shoe and saddle repair business.

One Day A gypsie attempted to kidnap his son Willard and when the news travled back to him, john chased the man down the street with a bull whip, he litterally chased the entire group of gypsies out of town. The entire family finally moved to the Kitsap area in Washington where John and Charlotte remained the rest of their lives.

Carl Olaf OLOFSSON ELD (Illegitimate son of Amilia NASBERG) was born 03 March 1845 in Brunflo, Jämtlands län, Jämtland , Sweden . He was christened on 23 Mar 1845 Ratan. He died at St. Alexius Hospital of chronic myocarditis and carcinoma of skin (face). He died on 16 Dec 1932 in Wilton , Burleigh , North Dakota , USA , at age 87.

Carl married Anna "Charlotta" Lindström 21 December 1873 in Sweden . 05 November 1873 they went to the priest to say they wanted to get married and the priest noted that in the book. Their wish to be married had to be announced in the church three Sundays and then they could get married. The wedding date is not always according to time if they did not marry the forth week. Carl was 28 and Anna was 28 when they married. She was the daughter of LINDSTROM (Lidstrom) and Anna . She was born 15 September 1845 in Rättvik, Kopparbergs län, Dalarna , Sweden , and died 18 February 1917 in Elk River, Sherburne , Minnesota , USA , at age 71. Anna Charlotta Eld Death Cert. ID# 1917-MN-013539

Carl Olof's occupation in 1880 was 'hästjägare', which is translated to 'horse rifleman'. it sounds to be roughly equivalent to the well-known miltary term 'dragoon', which is a particular type of horse-mounted light infantry. While 'jägare' can be translated to mean 'hunter', when combined with another word like 'häst' (horse) it probably refers to the type of weapon a mounted soldier used -- in this case a rifle. The literal "horse hunter" doesn't make a lot of sense.

Carl Olof would have joined the army at a time when the Swedish rote enlistment system was still in use but slowly evolving towards a different, more modern system. Soldiers were required to have a unique name (the so-called "soldier name") within their company to avoid the inevitable confusion resulting from many similar names generated by the patronymic naming system. Upon leaving the service, ex-soldiers often kept their soldier name and used it for the rest of their life. He apparently distinguished himself in his military service as in this picture he is seen with his Sword Medal given to soldiers after 16 years of service.

The military changed Carl’s last name to Eld meaning "fire".


Alfred was born in Golden Valley, North Dakota in 1918.

After graduating high school he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was an organization dedicated to create job skills for young Men during the Depression. The young men would be gainfully employed at wooded areas where they would build camps, roads, and trails for many national forrests. Alfred felt alot of pride in the CCC's and wished to see it continue to instill good work ethics in young men. In December of 1939 Alfred enlisted in the regular Army and was attached to the Puertorican Department. He later became a Master Seargent in the Army Air Core, where he performed maitenance on aircraft. he also became the lead instructor for new mechanics in a training base in Missouri. While stationed in Guam his company was randomly shot at by the Japanese some of whom were still hiding on the island.

Alfred later bought his fathers shoe repair shop and opperated it for 17 years before he became an Electritian at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, in Bermerton, Washington. He married his Wife June Mari Murdock in Michigan on August 23rd, 1941 they had three daughters and one son, my father in law.

 June Mari Murdock was born at Leslie, Michigan in 1921 to a Scottish family of Bakers. She grew up in a bakery where her parents instilled in her a particular ability to keep strict attention to detail in the the kitchen. Along with this she maintained a note worthy garden that she grew an avid array of colorful flowers. Though she left behind books full of her special recipies noone has been able to come close to duplicating the unique taste of her signature cooking stlye. After getting married to the love of her life, June followed her husband over seas to the Phillipine islands and Guam. In their twilight years June and her husband spent a sufficient amount of time perfecting the ability to solve Crossword puzzles, to the extent that their house became riddled with various books and dictionaries for the same purpose.     

The bakers


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