John B Lundberg

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John B Lundberg

Death 8 Dec 1909 (aged 69)
Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Burial Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 66020752 · View Source
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JOHN B. LUNDBERG was born January 13, 1840, in Sweden, and is one of seven children born to Charles and Eva C. Lundberg. The elder Lundberg was a tailor and afterward farmer. The mother of our subject having died at his birth, the father married again, and when Mr. Lundberg was about twelve years old they came to the United States and settled in Chicago, where the father soon died. Mr. L. lived with his step-mother, she having married again, until 1866, when he came to Chesterton. He had learned cabinet-making in Chicago, and now began business for himself; besides the furniture business, he erected a turning factory, by which he expected to furnish turned work for the Chicago markets, but, after about four years, the buildings burned; he rebuilt them, and in addition to that went into the broom-handle business. He also bought land, cutting and shipping timber.

In 1875, he sold his other interests, and has since confined himself to undertaking and dealing in furniture. He belonged to a Chicago Swedish society for the promotion of education, charity, etc. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having taken all the Blue Lodge degrees. He has been Township Trustee for six years, also Township Assessor for four years. He has been a Republican, but is not a member of the National party.

He was married in the spring of 1871 to Phebe A. Hammond, a native of New York. He has one child - Eva C.

Source: Goodspeed, Weston A., and Charles Blanchard. 1882. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical

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John B. Lundberg was born Jan. 31, 1840 in Sweden and was one of seven children born to Charles and Eva C. Lundberg. When John Lundberg was twelve years old his father and step mother brought him to Chicago. They settled on the south side in an area called Cheltenham. He related having to carry water from Lake Michigan to his home every day, a distance of about eight city blocks. The hand wrought copper bucket used is still owned by his descendants.

In 1866 Mr. Lundberg came to Chesterton, formerly called Calumet. At that time the population was just over 300. Most of the citizens were Irish. There were nineteen places where liquor was sold. The Central House was the only hotel, having moved to Chesterton from City West.

John Lundberg had learned cabinet making in Chicago and began a furniture business. Along with this business he erected a turning factory and expected to furnish turned work for the Chicago market. However after four years the buildings burned. He rebuilt them and in addition went into the broom handle business. He also bought land, cutting and shipping the timber.

In 1875 he sold these interests and confined himself to "Furniture and Undertaking". In 1882 he built a brick front building just north of the Old Town Hall building. This structure with stood the fire that razed more of the east side of Calumet Road from the Livery Stable (now the Standard Oil Station) to the south wall of the Lundberg building.

Being a cabinet maker, Mr. Lundberg designed and made to order the coffins used in the business. He owned three hearses, black, grey and white, all horsedrawn. Several of his horses were stabled at his home at 4th and Indiana and others were rented from the local livery stable. At funerals Mr. Lundberg wore a top hat and formal mourning attire.

In some of the advertisements for the furniture business in 1898 he listed "Large stocks of carpets, window shades, sewing machines and supplies and urged the ladies to "remember his carpets and straw matting".

At holiday time he carried a stock of toys and delivered to homes in the area on Christmas eve. Mrs. Harrington, his granddaughter remembers being allowed to ride in the sleigh or wagon on those deliveries. Many families in the Chesterton area still own furniture purchased from him, some of it made by him. Rose Bailey Howe was one of his customers.

Mr. Lundberg belonged to the Chicago Swedish Society for the promotion of education, charity etc. He was a Mason having taken all of the Blue Lodge Degrees. He was Township Trustee for six years and Township Assessor for four years. He was a Republican and later became a member of the National Party.

The Swedish Methodist Church of Chesterton was organized January 26, 1879. Their building was built in 1880 at a cost of $600. At first there were twelve members, later growing to forty five. All of the members were Swedish with the exception of Mrs. John B. Lundberg. The first trustees of the Church were August Melin, August Peterson and John B. Lundberg.

In the spring of 1871 Mr. Lundberg married Phoebe A. Hammond, a native of New York. To this union two children were born, one dying in infancy, the other Eva Christine. Miss Lundberg was active in the affairs of the community. She attended Northwestern School of Music and was an accomplished musician. In 1902 Eva C. Lundberg married Hallard A. Flynn, a native of Rensselear, Indiana. Mr. Flynn became active in the business and after Mr. Lundberg's death operated the firm "Flynn-Lundberg Co."

The Flynns were active in the Order of the Eastern Star, Mr. Flynn having served as Worthy Grand Patron of the State of Indiana. He was also active in the affairs of the Indiana "Funeral Director's Association, serving as president of that organization for one term. He was an ardent, active Republican although he did support Teddy Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Party.

Mr. and Mrs. Flynn had two children, Ione and John Emerson. John E. formerly of San Francisco is deceased. Ione, now Mrs. Edwin D. Harrington, resides in Chesterton. Two great grandchildren of John B. Lundberg also survive, children of John E. Flynn, Mrs. Robert Bibler (Jaclyn) of Daytona Beach, Florida and John Foster Flynn of Phoenix, Arizona.

Some of the historical data regarding John B. Lundberg was taken from "Counties Porter and Lake" published in 1882. A copy of this book with John B. Lundberg's signature on the fly leaf is now owned by Ione Harrington.

Source: A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana, 1976.

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In 1899, John B Lundberg was elected the first Trustee for the new incorporated town of Chesterton. 6/10/1899 - Chesterton Tribune

John Lundberg was first President of the Chesterton Cemetery Assn from Nov 21, 1889 - April 26, 1894.

John Lundberg died of a diabetic coma.

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