New Sweden had a grange. Like many towns in Maine, the grange was dissolved in the sixties. I have been looking for information, but there doesn’t seem to be too much. Here is part of the story based on an article that I did find about the end of the grange.
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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.”
The page “Murder in Westmanland” tells the 1899 story of the murder of Gus Johnson by Albert Bjorkman. Apparently jealously prompted Bjorkman to hunt Johnson down at Anders G. Olson’s lumbering operation. Olson’s daughter was married to Johnson. The funeral for Johnson was held at the West Road home of John W. Holmquist who was married to another of Olson’s daughters. A huge caravan of horse-drawn wagons traveled from the site of the funeral to the New Sweden Cemetery where Johnson was buried. Johnson’s wife remarried and lived to age ninety three years.
I found a newspaper clipping from an old Aroostook Republican. It tells the story of Rev. Andrew Wiren’s grandson and his search to find his grandfather. I had wondered what had happened to Wiren after he left New Sweden. I had taken a photo of Abbia Vaughan Wiren’s cemetery stone, but there was no sign of her husband. This newspaper article held the expanation! Please read my page about Rev. Wiren.
I recently received an email from Anders Tidström from 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: