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Jan

Stockholm, Sweden

#1 Mar 2, 2006
I am a Swedish reader of this forum, interested in the history of Jamestown. As my uncle once moved from Sweden to the States and Jamestown, NY, as so many other Swedes did, I wonder if the Swedish heritage is still present in the town and if there are some people still talking the Swedish language.
Pete

Cincinnati, OH

#2 Apr 2, 2006
Hi Jam.

I'm originally from Jamestown and yes, Jamestown still has a very active Swedish heritage. Here is a website you may be interested in.

http://www.scandinavianjamestown.org/
Jan

Stockholm, Sweden

#3 Apr 3, 2006
Pete wrote:
Hi Jam.

I'm originally from Jamestown and yes, Jamestown still has a very active Swedish heritage. Here is a website you may be interested in.

http://www.scandinavianjamestown.org/
Hi Pete, Thank You very much for the information. I´m writing a book about the emigration from Sweden to America and need every advice I can get. So now I´ll contact the organisation You mentioned. My uncle emigrated 1927 to Jamestown and stayed there all his life, working at The Art Metal Construction Company.
Pete

Cincinnati, OH

#4 Apr 4, 2006
You're welcome Jan.

My grandfather and father also worked for Art Metal for many years. Art Metal manufactured metal office furniture. My grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from Italy in the early 1900s. Swedish and Italians are the largest ethnic groups in Jamestown. Most from Sweden came before the Italians and worked in the furniture industry which developed around the harvesting of white pine forests in the area.
Jan wrote:
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Hi Pete, Thank You very much for the information. I´m writing a book about the emigration from Sweden to America and need every advice I can get. So now I´ll contact the organisation You mentioned. My uncle emigrated 1927 to Jamestown and stayed there all his life, working at The Art Metal Construction Company.
Randall

Fredonia, NY

#5 Jul 7, 2006
I found out a couple Years ago of a Relitive in Sweden that had a very large Family tree of My Moms Maiden Name, Melquist. His Father was born in Jamestown and is always trying to find information on His Father and Grandmothers Years in Jamestown. Many of the Family stayed in Jamestown and changed Their last name from Andersson to Melquist. This has gotten My interest in the Swedes in Jamestown.
Jan

Stockholm, Sweden

#6 Jul 25, 2006
Hello Randall, I´ve often asked myself why Jamestown NY and some other towns got typical places for Swedish settlers. I´ve heard that in Jamestown´s case several Swedish immigrants were going west 1846 or 1848 but got stranded in Buffalo and began suffering by different hard illnesses. They were not able to go further, why they went south and found Jamestown, built a church there and later on built the local infrastructure. Is that true? Was the town growing to the modern Jamestown because of an coincidence?
Robert San Diego

AOL

#7 Sep 14, 2006
I have an old 8 draw card files made by Art Metal in Jamestown N.Y. Where can it find information about the files age ?
toolman

United States

#8 Apr 29, 2007
Hi Jan & all,

I actually just got back from a trip to Sweden, while there I visitied stockholm and other cities, what a great place. Now I am back in Jamestown, good luck with the book. Lots of local history here!
Marnie O

Haverhill, MA

#9 Jun 8, 2007
Hi,
We am lookng for any information on relatives of my husbands grandmother. All we know is that they lived in Jamestown, NY. The patriarch was Gust Johnson He immegatd to the US from Swenden in 1905. He married a woman named Daisy(?). They had 5 children, Howard, Hsrriet, Robert, Lawrance and Delores. Son, Robert was born around 1920 and was a wwII hero. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
bdlantz

Matthews, NC

#10 Jul 29, 2008
I just saw your question, and I may have some connection for you. My grandfather immigrated from Sweden in 1900. His name was Bengt Sandberg, and he became a citizen in 1906. Before coming to America, he lived in the Smaland area of Sweden, near the town of Savsjo. One of the people who signed for him was Gust Johnson who resided at 26 Linden Avenue in Dunkirk, NY, county of Chautaqua. Dunkirk is about 30-40 miles from Jamestown. I'm not sure if it's the same Gust Johnson, but you might write to the main offices in Mayville, NY to see if they might
have any information on Gust and his family. It is possible they might be able to tell you when he died, and where you could get a copy of the obituary that would give you more family information.

Since: Mar 10

Chicago, IL

#11 Mar 14, 2010
bdlantz wrote:
I just saw your question, and I may have some connection for you. My grandfather immigrated from Sweden in 1900. His name was Bengt Sandberg, and he became a citizen in 1906. Before coming to America, he lived in the Smaland area of Sweden, near the town of Savsjo. One of the people who signed for him was Gust Johnson who resided at 26 Linden Avenue in Dunkirk, NY, county of Chautaqua. Dunkirk is about 30-40 miles from Jamestown. I'm not sure if it's the same Gust Johnson, but you might write to the main offices in Mayville, NY to see if they might
have any information on Gust and his family. It is possible they might be able to tell you when he died, and where you could get a copy of the obituary that would give you more family information.
We might be related! My grandfathers aunt with family emigrated to one of the jamestowns in us around this time. my grandfather is from skåne, which is located very close småland. I do know that my grandfathers cousin (the immigrant's child) was named harald sandberg.
Peter Forsberg

Fairfield, IA

#12 Mar 14, 2010
I am swedish too bad these italians ruined the city
Joey W

Bronx, NY

#13 Mar 14, 2010
Peter Forsberg wrote:
I am swedish too bad these italians ruined the city
slumlords,crackheads,lack of compitent employers,and the people who vote for all of these cuts ruined this city. People need to wake up cause it's gonna get worse!!!!!
Scum

Bronx, NY

#14 Mar 14, 2010
Joey most of the slumloards are Italian right?
J Jax Sux

Elmira, NY

#16 Mar 14, 2010
Peter Forsberg wrote:
I am swedish too bad these italians ruined the city
Isn't Forsberg a Jewish name??? To bad hitler didn't take care of your family, this way you wouldn't be on here bashing the greatest emigrants to come to this country!
paper shredder

Fairfield, IA

#17 Mar 14, 2010
Did I really just read a hitler post? That may cross the line, idk. As for that war, Italy didn't fair too well in the war. If they hadn't been fighting with their canoli's up the germans trenches they may have faired better. As far as Italians ruining the city, I have no comment.
guess who

Corning, NY

#18 Mar 14, 2010
Italians can't help they way they act. Cut them a break. They are just Puerto Ricans turned inside out.
Whitehawk

Avoca, NY

#19 Mar 14, 2010
Swedes are pure white, smart, good people. Italians are simply none of the previously listed descriptions.
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#20 Mar 15, 2010
For those searching for genealogy related questions about your family (if you don't already know about it); Lakeview and Sunset Hill Cemetaries have excellent records. At Sunset Hill , the have the obituary of the deceased on the back of the burial information card. At Lakeview, they have the death certificate on file of the deceased.
I have found both cemetary personnel to be very helpful.
dystopia

Hornell, NY

#21 Mar 15, 2010
Sad, someone ask a perfectly honest and wholesome questions and you all turn it into something ugly.

"This is why we can't have nice things"

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