Archive for the ‘Madawaska Lake’ Category

Jemtland picnic, August 1, 1894

April 29, 2011

Reported in the Aroostook Republican newspaper on August 1, 1894 (from Charlotte Lenentine Melvin’s files):
Jemtland Sunday school had a picnic at Madawaska Lake June 26, over 200 there. Tables, etc. A trip across the lake on the steamer.

1893 Midsummer at Madawaska Lake, Maine

April 24, 2011

June 21, 1893 Aroostook Republican newspaper report  (from the archived files of Charlotte Lenentine Melvin):

Midsummer’s day–24th as usual. Baptist Sunday School excursion to the Lake.

Carnival of Genealogy: Swimsuit Edition

June 5, 2009
"Bathing" Aug. 1911 Madawaska Lake, Maine

"Bathing" Aug. 1911 Madawaska Lake, Maine

John J. Sodergren and his father cut a path probably in the 1880’s from their log house  near the Little Madawaska River in Stockholm, Maine to Madawaska Lake in the Maine Swedish Colony established in 1870.  John J. Sodergren catered to the local population that spent their summer holidays at the lake. A steamboat was in use and rowboats were for rent as were lakeside cabins. A barn was built near the shore for the horses. In the winter, ice was cut from Madawaska Lake for use in the summertime.

Mabel Sodergren bought the store from her father in 1914 and ran the business with her her second husband Andrew Lawson for many years. The business was purchased by Chester Buzzell upon their retirement. Buzzell sold to Stan Thomas who was the last owner of the building which was torn down in 2006.

Madawaska Lake is still a popular spot for swimming and boating, a little treasure in far northern Maine cherished by many residents and visitors.

More 1970 Photos

February 13, 2009

I have enjoyed exploring a second set of photos sent to me via email from Anders Tidstrom of Sweden. He visited the New Sweden area in 1970. Please enjoy looking at the page “More  Photos from 1970 New Sweden.” Please help me tell the story by adding comments or sending me tidbits (as well as any errors or omissions!)

If you missed the first set of photos, be sure to read the page “1970 Photos of Anders Tidstrom of Sweden.”

Mystery Photos 1970 New Sweden, Maine

January 27, 2009

I recently received an email from Anders Örebro, Sweden who had visited New Sweden by chance in 1970. At the time he was a social anthropology student at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and traveled to Newfoundland, New York, Quebec, and the Canadian Maritimes. Upon crossing the border at Van Buren, Maine, he noticed the names Stockholm, Jemtland, and Westmanland on the map. Fortune led him to meet David Anderson, a most hospitable and knowledgeable host with a keen interest in preserving all things Swedish in the New Sweden, Maine area.

Anders was saddened to hear that David had died in 2001 and thus began a series of emails between us that led to an exchange of stories focused on a series of black and white photographs that Anders had taken on his 1970 tour around New Sweden with David. Many local people from the New Sweden  area contributed their memories, identifications, and tidbits to piece together the story behind the photographs.  The result is posted as a page on this blog:

1970 Photos of Anders Tidstrom from Sweden

Anders Tidström 1970 at Madawaska Lake cottage of David Anderson

Anders Tidström 1970 at Madawaska Lake cottage of David Anderson


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