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Ole Per Ahlstrom
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1840
Skåne län, Sweden
Death: Mar. 3, 1903
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Ole Per was born in Östra Thorn just outside of Lund, Skane, Sweden to Bengta Jonsdotter and Per Nilsson Ahlström. He was baptized "Ola Pehrsson Ahlström". He had an older sister, Bengta.

Ole Per's father, who was an" åbo" (a farmer who doesn't own the land) died when Ole was 3 years old. Ole's mother was left penniless. Ole Per's mother died when Ole was 22.

In 1868, when he was 28, Ole traveled to Drammen, Norway a city that was still recovering from a devastating fire. As a carpenter, Ole probably had good opportunities for work. About this time, he probably met, Norwegian, Bergatha Laurentia Asbjornson because they were married the next year (1869).

Ole Per and Bergatha moved around a lot, probably in search of work. They were in Arendal, Norway when their first child, Bertine "Betty", was born. In 1870 when Anna was born and in 1871 when Alma was born, they were in Gavle, Sweden where Ole was helping to rebuild that burned city. Ole Per and family were back in Christiana when both Olaf and Marie were born. The family's livelihood included running a deli.

In 1879 Ole Per went to NY to work. He sent money to Bergatha, telling her that he didn't like NY and hoped she wouldn't come. Bergatha sold the deli and went to Moss to pick up Betty who was living with Bergatha's brother. Betty didn't want to go to America and so ran away and hid. Bergatha finally returned to Christiana, readied the children and sailed with all of them, except Betty, to America.

Ole Per was very surprised when Bergatha and the children arrived. She had sent him a letter (in care of his church) about her trip, but he hadn't been in church in the last few Sundays so he hadn't received it. Ole was very upset that Betty wasn't with the family.

Ole Per and the family stayed in NYC a couple of years. Then they moved to Chicago where Ole made a living as a carpenter and wood worker. Ole Per and family were very involved in the Swedish American community and were among the founders of Bethel Lutheran Church.

Ole Per never got over his loss of Betty, so at age 61, he traveled alone to Norway where he visited with Betty and her husband. The next year, at age 62, Ole Per died.

Spouse: Bergatha Laurential Asbjornson 1836-1909


1. Bertine "Betty" Gustava 1869-1909 + George Stotvig

2. Ann Petrine 1870-1949 + August Erickson

3. Alma Charlotte 1871-1968 + John Westberg

4. Olaf Gustaf Adolph 1873-1943

5. Marie Bergetha 1875-1952 + Oscar Torbjorn Larson
Family links: 
  Bergatha Laurentia Asbjornson Ahlstrom (1836 - 1909)*
  Anna Petrine Ahlstrom Erickson (1870 - 1949)*
  Alma Charlotte Ahlstrom Westberg (1871 - 1968)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Blue Island
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Created by: J Westberg
Record added: May 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90619716
Ole Per Ahlstrom
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