Music by the Swedish Meatballs. Movie by Red Squirrel Productions (that’s me) from old images.
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.
The Stockholm Museum will host a Special Open House at Stockholm, ME at 2 pm on Friday June 19, 2009 showing a large collection of genealogy, photos and artifacts, veterans room, “Annie’s Shop” country store recreation, history on the mills, and more. The museum is a great place to stop in before the Legion Supper across the street Friday evening. A special welcome to the Stockholm Historical Society at the 2009 Midsommar Festival. Donations gratefully accepted. FMI: John Hede, 207-896-3177, email: email@example.com ; Host: Stockholm Historical Society;
Web site: aroostook.me.us/stockholm
Lynn Johnson will hold two Swedish Genealogy Workshop sessions at 3 and again at 6:30 pm on Friday June 19, 2009 at the New Sweden School. $12 per person. Proceeds to restoration of historic Clase homestead in New Sweden, ME. See the full story: http://www.maineswedishcolony.info/news/GenealogyClass.html Contact to reserve your place in the workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a video of the dance at New Sweden, Maine on Saturday night during Midsommar in June 2008. Instructors taught the dance steps to the participants, local instrumental musicians provided the music, and special vocal musicians from the Boston area sang as people danced.
The Boston Globe has a great article about the 100th anniversary of the Boston Post Canes.
Maynard (Massachusetts) Historical Society maintains a website tracking the Boston Post Canes!!
New Sweden’s current Boston Post Cane is Edmund Anderson (born April 1, 1912.)
It seems that many immigrants to this area of the world shared a similar travel route from Europe. Once the Atlantic crossing had been made, many found themselves in the port at St. John, New Brunswick. Next came the journey up the St. John River by steamer and/or tow boat to the next destination. For the Danes in 1872, the destination was New Denmark, New Brunswick. For the Scots in 1873, the destination was New Kincardineshire, New Brunswick. For the Swedes in 1870, the destination was New Sweden, Maine. For more on how the trip was made, read my page about Travel Route From Sweden.
Charlotte Lenentine Melvin visited New Sweden as a student researcher in 1950. She was invited to stay at the home of Mathilda Anderson during the visit. The notes that Charlotte took from her conversation with Mathilda provide an interesting view of the hardships in the early days of settling New Sweden.
Do you know who Mathilda’s family was? Please help me find out about them.
The most recent recipient of the Boston Post cane was Edmund F. Anderson, born April 1, 1912. Debbie Eustis-Grandy made a presentation at the November 2008 meeting of the New Sweden Historical Society where Edmund and his wife Eloise were honored guests. The page about the cane recipients that I have added gives some more information as well as some photos. Photograph by William L. Duncan.
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.