Two poor brothers from Smaland left Sweden and went to the US 1892. With hope of a better life. This was also one of the things that started my genealogical research. What really happened to them, and were there any relatives? And yes there was….
This is the brothers August (left) and Emil Lindström. August was my fathers-mothers-father. A personal guess is that this picture (a tintype) was taken in Colorado 1895. August is then 29 and Emil 26. At that time they lived and worked in Leadville Colorado.
Pictures from Tävelsas.
When the Lindstrom brothers left in 1890 about 1400 people lived here. August already had a family which he left back home. We don´t know what kind of work they had from the beginning in Clorado. Or why they, in the first place went there. But in january 1895 they had a ”hit” in Georgetown (Emma-shaft) and made a lot of money. It was so large that it was mentionend in the newspapers.
August went back home that summer, but lost his money playing cards on the boat. That´s what the family tradition says. So, a couple of months later he went back. He left his wife and children once again in february 1896.
In may 1900 – four years later – his son Edward is leaving Sweden under the name Johan Lindstrom, with a ticket to Leadville, where his father and uncle is living and working. In summer 1901 his father goes back to Sweden – this time for good.
But what happend to Edward? He lived until 1933 byt never had any contact with his family. He died in a mine accident leaving wife and five children behind. Thanks to Dna, relatives on both side of the Atlantic are now connected!