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Carrie passed away in 1929, after a brief illness leaving him with four young children ranging in age from two to eight years. The Lees in Minneapolis offered to help him care for his family and they moved there. In 1931, he purchased a blacksmith shop in Clarissa, Minnesota, which he operated until his retirement in 1963. In 1935, he married Beatrice Broberg and his family made their home with him again. Two children were born to this union, Nancy and Glenne. Upon his arrival in Clarissa, Oscar immediately took an active interest in church and civic affairs serving as Mayor for twelve years. On a business level, in local, state and national affairs he served in the Blacksmith and Welder's Association. He passed away in 1976 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Brainerd, Minnesota. Beatrice died in 1982. The first family were born at home in the Danvers com­ munity.

Oscar Strand in his Blacksmith Shop.

Adelle - started school at Tales but her education was completed in Minneapolis and Clarissa. She obtained her R.N. from the Deaconess Hospital in Minneapolis. In 1942, she married Arnold Johnsen while he was in the U.S. Military service. They had five children; Carolyn, Yvonne, Annette, Lila and Craig. Adelle died in 1974 and Arnold later married Evelyn Lee (see Lee - Peter and Mayme). He has recently retired from his business as a Decorator and they live in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Roland - served in the U.S. Army in the Intelligence Corps, during World War II studying for a time at the University of Edinburgh. As he had specialized in languages he served as an interpreter in the Nuremburg trials following the war. After returning home he was employed by the Reader's Digest in Pleasantville, New York, as a senior editor. He was posted to Montreal during the discussions with the postal department over rates for American publications in Canada. He was editor of the Reader's Digest 50th Anniversary Treasury published in 1972. He is now retired and he and his wife live in Mount Kisco, New York. They have two daughters.


Elinore - married Lloyd Duda of Brainerd, Minnesota, where he taught school for many years. They had six children, three boys and three girls. Elinore has been employed in the State Hospital in Brainerd for a number of years.

Melvin - was a graduate of the University of Min­ nesota, entering into a teaching career. He served in the U.S. Navy in the second world war. He was a professor at the University of California at Berkely at the time of his death in 1959.


by Einar and Cecil Sundmark

Olaf and Gerta Sundmark immigrated from Kramfors, Sweden, in the spring of 1893, with their two sons, John Daniel, then twenty-two years of age, and Victor, six years old; and their daughter, Freda, nine. They homesteaded NE 28-17 -17.

The first summer the eldest son, John, got a job loading gravel cars on the railroad at Elkhorn, Manitoba. Later in the fall he and his father hired on to a threshing outfit working in the Brandon area, and so managed to earn a few dollars to keep the family over winter. When threshing ended, they walked back to the homestead, stopping in Minnedosa to purchase 100 lbs. of flour, which they divided into two sacks and carried home.

Two years later Hanna Anderson, John's fiance, arrived from Soderkoping, Sweden. John had served as organist in the Lutheran Church at Scandinavia since he came to Canada. When he arrived at church on May 5, 1895, he found a licenced minister was present rather than the usual lay reader. After the service he asked the minister to return home with him to perform the wedding ceremony, but instead it was suggested that the bride be

John Sundmark Family. Left to Right: Harry, John, Helga, Einar, Albin, Hanna, and Lilly.