LOVGREN, August and Hilma in Oregon
I have a book called Cherry GroveA History that was compiled by Brigetta BLUM NIXON and Mabel LOVGREN TUPPER in 1977.
It has a lot of information on the August and Hilma LOVGREN family.August was born in Nar Parish in Varmland, Sweden on June 1, 1861.When he was two, his family moved to Bannar in Stora Parish in Varmland where he lived until he was in his early teens.His father's name was Olaf, and his original name started out as Olson (Ole's son). Later just before he came to America, he was working at a placewhere there were many men called August Olson.And, to prevent confusion in the mail he followed another common Swedish custom of that time.He simply chose for himself a name from nature.Many of the Swedish descendents in America have names adopted in that way.He chose the name Lofgren.The "lof" meant leaf; the "gren" meant brach or twig. When he came to America the spelling was changed to "Lovegren" because the spelling seemed more accurate to the Sweedish pronuciation.
August met Hilma NELSON in the spring of 1885 in the Swedish Baptist Church Choir inSt. Paul, MN.They married on December 31, 1885 at her country home in Spring Garden.The ceremony was performed by her borther F.O. NELSON, who had just entered the ministry.Hilma NELSON was born February 19, 1863 in MN and died December 27, 1954 in Cherry Grove, OR age 91 years and 10 months.
Children of August LOVGREN and Hilma NELSON: Philip born in St. Paul, MN,Levi A., Edna who both were born in Seattle, Mable, Myrtle, Effie
Hildegarde and Lillie-Ann both died before 1900.August is buried with them in Falls City Cemetery near Preston, WA
In Obiturary for August LOVGREN:
Survivors include his Wife, Sons-
Levi Lovgren- a missionary appointee for China
Phillip of Bellingham, WA
Elva Rose of Stanwood
Mrs. Edna Bruce
Brother Emil Lovgren lives in Oakland, CA
He was the founder of Cherry Grove, OR.A very small country town about 7 miles West of the city of Gaston, OR
There are several stories about him in the book.Too many to write in here.If anyone is interested in this line, I would be happy to make copies and send them to you.
Again, this information was taken from the History of Cherry Grove, by Brigetta NIXON and Mabel LOVGREN TUPPER.
There are several lovely pictures of the LOVGREN family as well.