Carl Ludwig Engstrom was born in Drothem, Ostergotland, Sweden. He came to America from Skogberga, Ostergotland, Sweden in December of 1886. February 12, 1908 he married matilda Anna Sophia(Burt) Boss. They had four sons together Rodert F., Roy E., Carl Raymond and Gustav Engstrom. Their half siblings by Matilda's first marriage were Lester A., Gilbert Clement, Mary Etta and Mabel Matilda Boss.