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Johan Olof Nordenstrom
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Birth: Sep. 10, 1858
Jämtlands län, Sweden
Death: Sep. 20, 1937
Kanabec County
Minnesota, USA

Johan was born in 1859 in Jamptland, Sweden, and married Marta Magnusdotter on June 24, 1882. In 1888, John and Martha (as they were later known) came to the United States, settling in Grass Lake Township. They cleared land and built a home, later moving to Mora. Their first two children, Oscar and Charlie, were born in Sweden on the family farm “Kampeborg.” Laura was born on the ship on the way to America. Five more children, J.B., Conrad, Ed, Fred, and Sadie, were born in Grass Lake Township.
John was a talented musician, who made and played violins and fiddles, but could also play the accordian and pump organ. Back home in Sweden, John had the distinction of playing his fiddle for King Oscar II, and 45 years later, he played for the King’s grandson, Crown Prince Gustav Adolph, in Minneapolis. He was a prominent musician in this country, who played for many celebrities, including President Grover Cleveland.

John worked in various construction trades throughout his life, but music was always his first love. The photo of John playing the fiddle was taken when he won the North West Fiddler’s Contest in 1928 (93 fiddlers entered the contest). It seems certain that John Nordenstrom’s fiddle music was heard many times over the years in Kanabec County. 
Family links: 
  Marta Greta Larsson Nordenstrom (1860 - 1939)
  Olof Magnus Emanuel Nordenstrom (1884 - 1964)*
  Charles Victor Nordenstrom (1886 - 1947)*
  Laura Atlanta Maria Nordenstrom Meiswinkel Gerber (1889 - 1966)*
  John Bernard Nordenstrom (1891 - 1980)*
  Conrad Lawrence Nordenstrom (1894 - 1963)*
  Edward Ernest George Nordenstrom (1896 - 1979)*
  Frederick Theodore Nordenstrom (1900 - 1977)*
  Sigrid Katherine Elizabeth Nordenstrom Hall (1902 - 1951)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Kanabec County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: mark blais
Record added: Aug 24, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7791196
Johan Olof Nordenstrom
Added by: mark blais
Johan Olof Nordenstrom
Added by: mark blais
Johan Olof Nordenstrom
Added by: mark blais
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Thank you for bringing the Nordenstrom family to the U.S. If it wasn't for you my mom and dad would have never met and I wouldn't exist. Thank you and rest in peace.
- Bo shj
 Added: Aug. 12, 2007

- mark blais
 Added: Aug. 24, 2003

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