Rev. Erick Gustaf Rosendahl, died 30 nov 1940
Obituary from the Kingsburg Recorder, undated clipping:
Rites Held For E. G. Rosendahl Pioneer Citizen
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Eric Gustaf Rosendahl, 91, in Ericson Chapel, with Rev. A. G. McVay, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating, and Rev. F. A. Lundberg, former pastor, assisting. Burial was in Kingsburg Cemetery.
Mr. Rosendahl, a retired Methodist minister and business man, died Saturday morning at his old family home at the corner of Smith and Earl Sts. He had been one of the oldest residents of Kingsburg and had lived here for more than 50 years.
Mr. Rosendahl was born in Sweden, Feb. 22, 1849, and came to the United States when he was 20 years old. He settled in the midwest but came to Kingsburg from Stratford, Iowa, in September of 1888 to be pastor of the newly formed Swedish Methodist congregation.
At that time, he once said, the group numbered 12 persons who met in a small lodge hall for weekly services. During the first year the group grew rapidly and by the following fall numbered 25 persons. He also served the Methodist congregation at the Washington Colony located at Easton at the same time. He drove between the two churches with horse and buggy. In those days the roads were very dusty, he recalled some time ago.
He also remembered that when he came to Kingsburg there were only a few houses, several stores, some livery stables and warehouses. The country all around Kingsburg was in wheat fields.
Mr. Rosendahl resigned as pastor of the Methodist Church in September of 1889 after serving one year and became engaged in ranching. He was succeeded in the pastorate by the late Rev. F. U. Liljengren.
Mr. Rosendahl was one of the few remaining men who remembered the late Rev. O. G. Hedstrom, founder of Swedish Methodism in America, and through whom he was brought into the Kingdom of Christ on the famous “Bethel Ship” in New York Harbor.
Mr. Rosendahl was one of the founders of the Scandinavian Mutual Fire Insurance Association and served as its local agent until his retirement from business a few years ago.
He had lived quietly in retirement for the past few years at his home here. Although he did not get around the city, he took a keen interest in civic affairs and was often visited by his many friends. He had been a subscriber to the Kingsburg Recorder since it was founded in 1904.
His birthday, which came on the same date as Washington’s birthday, was always a joyful occasion in the Rosendahl home and a time when his many old friends gathered to congratulate him. On these events a religious hour was observed with the singing of hymns and afternoon coffee was served.
Mr. Rosendahl leaves a son, Albert Rosendahl, and a daughter, Hannah Rosendahl, both of Kingsburg.