|Birth: ||May 31, 1859|
Varmlands Lan, Sweden
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 1904|
Son of Johannes Larsson and Karin/Cajsa Andersdotter. Husband of Sara/Sarah Johansdotter/Johnson.
Gustaf met his Swedish wife in Michigan and married her at Grand Rapids on 13 Aug 1892. The attended the Bethlehem Swedish Lutheran Church, in Grand Rapids, where their first child was baptised.
From Hulda, their daughter:
Gustaf was born in Varmland, Sweden, in the year 1859 the youngest of 6 children. He was tall and dark complected with dark brown hair, brown eyes and wore a handlebar mustache. He and his twin brothers, Carl (Charles) and Johann (John) came to America, though not exactly at the same time. They all lived in Grand Rapids, however, for a time.
Gustaf married Sarah in 1892 in Grand Rapids. They lived in a red brick apartment building on "Front" or 1st Street. He worked at the Phenix Furniture Co. as a cabinetmaker, which meant he made fine furniture, very detailed and finished work. (His brother's may have also worked in this same occupation).
Gustaf told his wife Sarah, that if anything ever happened to him, she was to take the children and move back to Sweden. He purchased one of the first insurance policies known of, in their community, shortly before he contracted pneumonia and died.
They were living at the Derby Hotel in Grand Rapids. One winter night the pipes froze and the basement apartments were flooding. Gus helped the neighbors get out and salvage their things. Some time later Gus became ill which progressed to pneumonia, from which he never recovered. As he lay dying, he told Sarah to take the children back to Sweden, if he died. After his death, she considered it, but wanted to stay.
One of Gustaf's dearest friends was Alfred Olson. He was the Superintendent of Phoenix Furniture Company, where Gustaf worked. Gustaf had asked Alfred to look after his wife, Sara, as he lay dying.
Sarah went to Alfred for his opinion. When asked what she should do, Alfred suggested that she stay here in the U.S. He helped her get settled after Gus' death and was a very helpful, highly respected friend. (He was married with two children. His daughter died, his son moved away.)
Sara Johansdotter Johnson (1860 - 1926)
Harold Leander Johnson (1896 - ____)*
Hulda Eleanora Johnson Pleger (1897 - 1999)*
No Stone or marker.
Created by: C Stanley
Record added: Aug 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75702885