Matilda Bernardina Anderson was born in Eskilstuna, Sodermanland, Sweden to Frans Johan Andersson and Clara Matilda Andersdotter. In 1905 the family left Sweden and sailed on the Steamship Arabic, arriving in Boston, Massachusetts on 11 November. Their oldest daughter, Clara Louise, must have sailed before the family because she did not appear on the ship's passenger list. Arriving in America were Anna Victoria, John Edward, Matilda Bernardina, Ellen Stephania, Carl Reuben and Ester Linnea. Back in Sweden were the graves of Maria Josephina (1889-1891) and twin boys, Knut Eskil and Gustaf Bertil, who were born and died earlier in 1905.
They settled in Richmond, Utah, where work was waiting at the Sego Milk Factory for Frans. Dena worked there also when she was old enough. She met and married Arnold Oscar Lund, whose family had emigrated from Hamar, Norway in 1913. They were married 13 February 1918 in the Salt Lake Temple. Arnold had registered for the draft during WWI. He had to leave Dena, his bride of one month, in March of 1918 to serve for one year at Camp Kamehameha in Hawaii. He came home in March of 1919 to meet his firstborn daughter, Melva Linnea (married Arne Larsen).
Arnold was a tailor, having apprenticed in Bergen, Norway. He supported his growing family with his tailoring skills. Ruth Margaret (married John Arnold Walton) was the second child, then June Lorraine (married Fred Stevenson), Arnold Oscar Jr. (married Joan Hartley), and Marian (married Stan Hofheins).
Dena was a wonderful cook. We all loved her Swedish limpa bread and her cookies. She shared generously with her family and friends. She and Arnold worked and served their whole lives. In later years she spent lots of time taking care of people’s children while they went on vacation. She would move right in and love, care for and cook for the family. She enjoyed spending time with her children and 28 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
Arnold died May 1967. The next few years were very hard for her, but she kept going. She passed away three and a half years after he died.
Contributed by Sally Walton Bennett
Arnold Oscar Lund
1895–1967 (m. 1918)
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