My great great grandparents John and Augusta Anderson (born in 1865 and 1873 respectively, both in Sweden) built this log cabin on their land in Foley, Minnesota. I’m not sure in what year, but it was before my great grandfather Elmer was born in 1902. He was born in this house and it’s where the couple raised 8 children. They migrated to the US in the years when immigrants acclimated quickly to American culture – maybe still attending church with other Swedes, but not teaching their children their native language or talking much about the “old” country. It’s a shame because today we can only speculate on what drove them from their home in Sweden to come to the US.
In the early 1910s or 20s Elmer helped his father build a much larger and more modern home on same farm, right in front of the log house. Elmer lived in that house most of his life, taking it over after his parents’ death and raising three children of his own in it. It’s currently owned by one of Elmer’s grandsons who made extensive renovations to modernize the home. The log house was torn down in the 1980s because it was falling apart and dangerous and I imagine because it kind of got in the way of the business of the farm. Sure is too bad that it couldn’t have been saved.
I have great memories of visiting the farm when I was little. The Andersons raised pigs, cows and grew crops like corn and soy beans. I’ll never forget the smell of the farm, the breeze through the upstairs opened windows, the window seats in the dining room where my sister and I would sometimes sleep, the dog Freeway that would run back and forth between great grandpa’s farm and my great Uncle Conrad’s farm next door, when we found a tick on Freeway’s back, the bathroom upstairs with the pull string light, how it was kind of scary to go into the barn with the pigs because they were so big and powerful and ran around a lot, the kitchen with the roll of towel, hamburgers frying, freezer full of beef that was raised on the farm, playing in the corn crib.
I would love to know more about John and Augusta.