Since I posted that the temperature in Grantsburg, WI was -29 degrees on Thursday/Friday, (it was -25 last night and that is NOT the wind chill) I have found out that some of our Board members know someone or knew someone who lived in Grantsburg.
Grantsburg sports a population of 1000, give or take a few. It is mostly farm country with some beautiful pine and wood forests, lakes and rivers.
The land that we have our home on was purchased in 1911 by my husbandís grandfather, Andrew Wedin. Andrew and his wife, Alfrida also purchased an 80-acre farm across the river from our land. My husbandís mother was born in the kitchen of the farm in 1905 as were some of her other siblings. Andrew and Alfrida raised 9 children on these 80 acres of difficult farmland. Andrew had to clear most of it to farm it. Out of 9 children, only two were boys and only 1, Ernest, stayed and helped with the farm. Ernestís daughter, Patricia, was also born in the farmhouse. Patti is in her 60s and lives in Washington State. She still owns the farm and 80 acres.
In 1977, I proceeded to do a genealogy for the Wedin family. At that time, most of the 9 children were still alive so it was great fun to glean information from each of them. The youngest daughter, Dagmar, is still alive and 95 years old. The Wedins, Andrew and Alfrida both were born in Sweden. It was interesting for me (I am of Italian descent) to find that ALL of the siblings from the families in Sweden changed their last names. What a hoot. It was a good thing the children were still alive or I would have been really stumped. There were at least 6 children from both sides of the family and they all changed their names. I am blessed to be a part of this family. They were and are truly wonderful people.
My husband and I raised our children in La Grange, Illinois but we were fortunate to inherit 5 acres of the 40 acres on this side of the Big Wood River. After my mother-in-law died, my husbandís aunt sold us another 5 acres in the back of the land and that is where we built our Wisconsin home. Our children still live in Illinois and so we live in both places. As I said, we are truly blessed.
It isnít everyday that you hear of a family that is able to keep the ďoriginalĒ farm for over 100 years. We have a reunion every year.
I also did my motherís Garramone genealogy and I found that some of her siblings also changed their names. However, it was because of the dislike many people had for the Italians in the early part of the 20th Century.
Thanks for letting me know about your relatives from this area. It is so intriguing and special to me. Yolanda Carlson