|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1879|
Västerbottens län, Sweden
|Death: ||Jul., 1970|
Lake of the Woods County
Birchdale Past & Present: Johan Alfred "Alfred" Bergvall was born in Tallberg, Sweden to Johan Johansson Bergvall & Johanna Margarita Norberg. He married Hilda Elizabeth Tjernquist in Sweden in 1906. They emigrated to Minnesota in 1910 when John was 6 months old. They came over on the White Star steamship to Montreal, Canada. Then they went on to northern Minnesota where Alfred had 3 brothers & a sister: Leonard, Oscar, Bernard, & Selma (Mrs. Peder Sathre).
Hilda & son John stayed in Warroad, MN with Alfred's 3 brothers while Alfred went to claim a homestead in Birchdale, MN & build a log house. Hilda & John joined him later & they worked hard to clear the land for livestock & farming.
Hilda died of nephritis when John was only 8 years old. Life was difficult after that as Alfred raised his son & developed the homestead alone. Money was scarce & there were few creature comforts but John remembers that Alfred was always good to him.
Alfred stayed on the homestead all his life. After his marriage, John came back to farm with him.
Alfred died in 1970 & was laid to rest beside Hilda in the Birchdale Cemetery.
Hilda Elizabeth Tjernkvist Bergvall (1886 - 1918)*
John Gunnar Bergvall (1910 - 2000)*
Maintained by: Judy Imes
Originally Created by: Bonita Mai-Wheelock-Grif...
Record added: Jul 26, 2012
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