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Louise Carline Carlén Lindbergh
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Birth: Nov. 30, 1838
Malmö kommun
Skĺne län, Sweden
Death: Apr. 22, 1921
Stearns County
Minnesota, USA

Louise Lindbergh was born Lovisa Carlén. At the age of 19, she became the mistress of Ola Mĺnsson, a member of the Riksdag of the Estates and a bank manager. Ola was accused of bribery and embezzlement. Ola left his wife and seven children and, along with Louise and son Charles, emigrated to the United States.

In 1859, August and Louise (Galen) Lindbergh and their son, Charles Augustus Lindbergh, were among the first white settlers in Melrose, Stearns County, Minnesota. A hired farmer with no formal schooling, August had risen in Sweden to become a banker, personal secretary to King Charles XV, and member of Parliament.

Early Pioneer Family
In 1859, when Louise was 21 years old and August 50 years old, they sailed for America with their infant son, Charles Augustus Lindbergh, then just a few months old. The Lindberghs homesteaded on 40 acres of woodland along the Sauk River, west of the city of Melrose, Minnesota. A building on their land became the first school in Melrose.

August and Louise had seven children: Charles Augustus, Victor Eugene, Louisa Ellen, Lillian Mae, Juno Pauline[later recorded as June], Linda and Frank Albert. All the children, except Charles A., were born in Melrose, Minnesota.

Memoriable Events
In 1862, August lost his left arm in a sawmill accident. After he recovered, August modified his tools so that he could work one-handed. When Sioux invaded the farmyard and stole his special axe, Louise faced them down and made them give it back.

On September 15, 1885 - about 26 years after arriving in Minnesota - August and Louise traveled to the Stearns County Courthouse in St. Cloud, Minnesota to be married. August was of 77 years and Louise was 47 years old.

In 1889, the Lindberghs moved to Little Falls, Minnesota to live with their oldest son, Charles A, Sr., who was an attorney and Minnesota Congressman.

Son Charles
Charles A. Lindbergh Sr., often referred to as C.A., was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1907 and to the four succeeding Congressional Sessions (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1917). Charles A Sr. did not seek renomination in 1916. He was a candidate for Governor of Minnesota on the Farmer-Labor ticket in 1924, but his death occurred before the primary election was held.

Charles A. Lindbergh Sr died in Crookston, Minnesota on May 24, 1924. At C.A. Lindbergh's request, his remains were cremated and his ashes were interred in the columbarium at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn. [1]

A few years later, again honoring his earlier request, and certainly symbolic of the character of the man, his ashes were distributed by his son, Charles A Lindbergh Jr., from his airplane over the old Lindbergh homestead near Melrose, Minn. [2]

Grandson, Charles
August & Louise's famed grandson, Charles August Lindbergh, Jr., spent many of his summers as a child and young man visiting his grandparents farm west of Melrose. He became an instant hero when he flew the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.

Soon after Charles Jr. completed his famous flight, he did the Guggenheim Tour - a 48-state tour in the "Spirit of St. Louis." On August 25, 1927, he flew from Minneapolis to Little Falls, Minn via Savage, Shakopee, St. Cloud, Melrose and Sauk Centre, Minn.

Completing his St. Cloud fly-over, Lindbergh headed westward to Melrose - to the city where his grandparents and father settled in 1859. Lindbergh flew over Melrose and dropped a letter of greeting on his father's hometown of Melrose.

The Melrose Beacon reported that..."Lindbergh circled the area about 1:20pm on August 25, 1927, and hovered over the area where his grandparents homesteaded." The letter droped that day can be seen at the Melrose Area History Museum.


Death and Burial
August Lindbergh died in Little Falls, Minn on October 14, 1893**. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn and years later was reinterred in Oak Hill Cemetery in Melrose, Minn.

Around 1910-11, Louise moved back to Melrose to live with her daughter, Linda Seal, and her son-in-law, Joseph H Seal.

Louise Lindbergh died at her daughter's home in Melrose on April 22, 1921. August and Louise Lindbergh and three of their young children - Lillian, Louisa & Victor - are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Melrose, Stearns County, Minnesota.

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** NOTE **
The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) records indicate that the date of August Lindbergh's death is October 14, 1893...a year earlier than the gravestone indicates. The MHS date is based on a handwritten note in the Lindbergh family bible, which is part of the Lindbergh Collection housed at MHS in St. Paul, Minn.

The Minnesota Historical Society also bases the 1893 date on the obituary for August Lindbergh in The Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, Morrison Co., Minn., Friday October 20, 1893, page 1. The headline is "Died: Lindbergh -- in Little Falls, Minn., Oct. 15, 1893, August Lindbergh, age 85 years - 5 months.

** Notation above regarding the year of death of August Lindbergh is based on communications from Anne Levin at Minnesota Historical Society on August 23, 2006.

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
Minnesota Historical Society
Melrose Historical Society
Melrose Beacon, August 1927
[1] - Charles A. Lindbergh, An Autobiography of Values, 1976, p.90
[2] - Lindbergh of Minnesota, Bruce L. Larson, 1973. The italics copy can be found on page 281.


Family links: 
  August Lindbergh (1808 - 1893)*
  Charles August Lindbergh (1859 - 1924)*
  Victor E. Lindbergh (1864 - 1865)*
  Louise E. Lindbergh (1868 - 1870)*
  Frank Albert Lindbergh (1870 - 1966)*
  Lillian M. Lindbergh (1873 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Stearns County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: West - B7
Created by: Quincy Stroeing
Record added: Aug 14, 2006
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Louise Carline <i>Carlén</i> Lindbergh
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