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Carolina Lena Anderson Westling & Emil Westling


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HISTORY OF: Emil Westling (1874-1944) &
Caroline “Lena” Andersson (1874-1958)

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Carolina Lena Anderson Westling & Emil Westling

  1. 1. Emil Westling (1874-1944) Caroline “Lena” Andersson (1874-1958) HISTORY OF CAROLINA ANDERSSON WESTLING Written by Ronald Bramble, Caroline's grandson. Caroline “Lena” Andersson Born: 9 Sep 1874, Vastra Vingaker, Sodermanland, Sweden Died: 27 Sep 1958, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Burial: 30 Sep 1958, Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah MARRIED: 16 Jan 1901, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Emil Westling Born: 25 Sep 1874, Osteraker, Sodermanland, Sweden Died: 20 Mar 1944, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Burial: 25 Mar 1944, Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah Emil Westling It is not known why Emil immigrated to the USA. He was not a Latter Day Saint, but his mother was. He may have come to Murray, Utah to bring her to live with the Saints. He was a carpenter all his life, and lived very humbly. He never owned a car, and lived as he would have in the "old country." After his death in 1944, his daughter, Helen had a very vivid dream where she saw him with the Lord. Emil was sitting on a rock weeping. That dream spurred the family to have him baptized, confirmed, given the priesthood, endowed, sealed to his parents, and to his wife. (Source Susy Branble Hopkins PDF) Caroline “Lena” Andersson - Emigrated 1899 Caroline and her brother Erick were married in a double wedding. Marriage license #10063, book K, S.L.C. Ronald Bramble has: (a) A Public Welfare Lien Agreement for Carolina Westling where she signed her name as Caroline A. Westling. The document is dated 25 Jul 1951. (b) A copy of Carolina's obituary Vastra (west) Vingaker is about 90 miles west-south west of Stockholm near the west tip of Lake Kolsnaren. It is also 10 miles from Lake Hjalmaren, Sweden’s largest lake.
  2. 2. HISTORY OF CAROLINA ANDERSSON WESTLING As the summer of 1874 began to turn towards the fall in Vingaker, Sweden, Anders Andersson, a carpenter, and his wife, Brita Persdotter, awaited the birth of their seventh child. On September 9, 1874 a baby girl was born. They named her Carolina, and she was a beautiful child. On 12 December 1879, when Carolina was five years old, her father died, leaving her mother and eight children to fend for themselves. He died exactly 2 months after he was baptized a member of the LDS Church. Life was very difficult for the family. Brita took in washing and ironing to earn a little money, and they farmed most of their food. Soon Caroline joined the other children at the local elementary school. The benches were hard, the discipline strict, and the days very long. It was customary that when children completed elementary school, they were apprenticed in some occupation.. Usually, they went to live with the tradesman to whom they were apprenticed. Thus, they were able to support themselves while learning the skills of their trade. When Carolina was fourteen years old, she left her friends and home in Vingaker and traveled almost 100 miles to the great capitol city of Stockholm to become a maid to a countess. Carolina was a small, shy, and sensitive person. She felt very much alone in the great city. It was so different from her home town. Carolina was given a small room high in the attic of the great house where the countess lived. She heard stories of ghosts that roamed the halls of the mansion at night, and, indeed, she heard noises that sounded like ghosts to her. They struck a paralyzing terror to the core of her heart that she remembered into her old age. Oh, how much she missed her home and family. As the months passed in Stockholm, Carolina made new friends, and learned much about life in the great city. She learned about the great difference between the rich and the poor. She learned to serve fourteen-course meals with propriety and grace. She learned to iron fine linens without leaving creases or folds to mar their beauty. In time, she was taken into the kitchen where she was taught the special cooking skills that were to mark her as a superb cook all her life. Now that Caroline had a little extra money, she was able to buy some fashionable clothing. On her day off, Carolina and her friends loved to dress in their finest and parade along the boulevards of Stockholm, down to the great railroad station where they watched the people coming and going. During the parade, it was customary that the girls walked on one side of the street, and the boys walked on the other side.
  3. 3. Like all Swedes, Carolina was raised in the Lutheran Church. It was the state religion, and almost all belonged to it. Carolina attended church functions as a child, and was confirmed at age twelve. However, in the late 1890's, with Carolina over 20 years old and the Mormon Prophet Lorenzo Snow recently sustained as the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in far off western United States, both Carolina and her mother were visited by Mormon Missionaries, and taught the gospel. She and her mother accepted the message, and on 4 Mar 1898 went to a very cold and icy lake where the ice was broken, and they were baptized. Carolina later stated that they never felt the cold of the water during the ceremony. Their faith was strong, and they were happy to be members of the Church. This event was to change their lives to an extent they could scarcely realize at the time. The great spirit of the" gathering" was sweeping Europe, touching the hearts of Mormon converts. It caused them to immigrate to America and to Utah. Carolina's mother was quite taken with the idea of immigrating, but Carolina had mixed feelings. She had a good job and lived in a great city that she loved. However, she recognized the loose moral conditions that were prevalent in the country, and she did want to associate with the Saints in Utah. Realizing that her brothers and sisters had already immigrated to America and Utah, and that her aged mother was suffering from arthritis and was mostly blind, she knew that if her mother was ever to live with the Saints and her family, she would have to accompany her. In August of 1899, Carolina and her mother bid a final goodbye to their homeland and friends, and set sail for the New World and Utah, the land of Zion. The Spanish-American war was in progress at the time of their immigration, and they encountered a number of "Enemy" ships on the trip. The passengers huddled below deck in terror as the sound of canon fire spoke of the danger that was much too close for comfort. However, Carolina and her mother avoided the panic by exercising their faith that God would bring them safely to their destination. Another fearsome thing that Carolina remembered her whole life were the mighty seas that would crash down on the bow of the ship and cause a torrent of water to run down the deck. The little Union Pacific train chugged across the Great Plains of the United States and into the mighty Rocky Mountains. In the tops of those mountains was Great Sat Lake City. It was the place they had heard so much about and had dreamed about. They felt it must be a place better and greater than Stockholm. After a month of travel by sea and rail, they finally arrived in Great Salt Lake City...Zion. Carolina's heart sank within her as she stepped from the train and into the tiny station house that was located on a slag heap. She was disappointed to walk the muddy, unpaved dirt streets of the city. She was very homesick for the paved streets and sidewalks of Stockholm, and the beautiful architecture of the buildings. Carolina's feelings were short lived, however, as she fell into the arms of her younger sister, Ellen, who had preceded her to Great Salt Lake City, and was married with two small children. Ellen lived in Murray, a small town about seven miles south of Great Salt Lake City. She ran a boarding house for men who worked at the smelter. One of those men, Emil Westling, was to play an important role in Carolina's life. Meanwhile, it was important that Carolina find work. She couldn't speak a word of English, and was somewhat bewildered by the customs and pace of life in her new land. However, with her excellent training as a cook, she had little trouble finding work as a cook for a family in the northeast "Avenues" of Great Salt Lake City.
  4. 4. One night, as she was walking home from work, she was frightened "half out of her wits" as she saw small people with grotesque costumes and masks running about the neighborhood, banging on peoples doors, and yelling "trick or treat." Halloween was not celebrated in Sweden, and she was not prepared for her first experience. As Carolina, a very small, lovely, and petite girl, visited her sister, she became attracted to a tall, strong young Swedish man, Emil Westling, who lived at the boarding house. He was not LDS, but he was a good man. The attraction between them was mutual and they courted for two years before "setting the date." During those years, Carolina's brother, Erick, who also lived at the boarding house, was courting a young lady, Ellen Pearson. They also decided to get married. Thus, on 16 January 1901, a great double wedding feast was held, and Carolina and her brother were each civilly married. The first two years of marriage were a struggle for Carolina and Emil. They lived with Ingrid, Emil's mother (a difficult woman) and they also had to adjust to the language, customs, and the culture of the new land. They worked hard to get ahead enough to move out on their own. In the second year of their marriage, it became apparent that they were going to become parents. In anticipation of the new baby, they moved to a small rented house on 45th South St. in Murray. It was there, on 18 Feb 1903, that their first son, Lawrence Emil, was born. With a small son and a home of their own, life seemed happy and good to the little Westling family. As Carolina became more and more Americanized, she began to use the Americanized version of her name, Caroline. Friends and family always called her "Lena." Two years later, Caroline and Emil lived in Salt Lake City in a little rented house on 7th West. It was there on 15 February 1905 that their second son, Hilmer Carl, was born. When Lawrence was four and Hilmer was two, a terrible tragedy occurred. Hilmer contracted spinal meningitis and died on 22 April 1907. Caroline and Emil's hearts were broken and their world shattered at the loss of this little son they loved so dearly. Caroline and Emil moved to another rented house on 8th South in Salt Lake City. On 4 September 1907, another son, Herbert Eric, was born. He helped to fill the void that was in their hearts because of the death of Hilmer. Shortly, they had a chance to buy a home of their own. It was located at 840 West 7th South in Salt Lake City. This house became their home for the rest of their lives.
  5. 5. On 17 May 1910, Caroline and Emil's first daughter, Helen Virginia, was born, and on 30 March 1912, another son, Harold Melvin, was born. Between 1914 and 1918, the First World War took place. It was a terrible affair, and when it ended, the world was determined that it would be "the war to end all wars." However, such was not to be the case. Finally, on 18 March 1918, their last child, a daughter, Grace Lenore, was born. The home at "eight forty" smelled of the richness of Caroline's cooking, rang with the laughter of the children as they played, and became the treasury and focal point of the whole family’s life and memories. Caroline would kneel with her children to pray at night. It was a precious time. The children would always pray in Swedish, which was a second language to them. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Caroline was very close to her mother and sisters, who lived in Murray. Often, the Westling family would travel the streetcar to Murray for a day of food, fun, and laughter with family and friends. On summer afternoons, coffee was served outside on a large white cloth, spread on the grass. But even outside, it was served from the finest silver to the very best china cups and saucers. It was a bit of old country finery they could enjoy even though their circumstances were somewhat straight. Naturally, there was also a multitude of coffee cakes and fancy breads for everyone to enjoy.
  6. 6. BACK ROW 1906 1- Emil Westling. 2- Carolina “Lena” Andersdotter Westling, 3 Andrew “Anders” Svenson Johnson, 4- Josephine Ellen Andersdotter Johnson, 5- Brita Christina “Stena” Andersdotter Forresberg, 6- Franz “Emil” Foresberg, 7- Hilma Carlson Anderson, 8- Erick Willaim Aderson, 9- Anna Erickson Anderson, 10 Alfred John Anderson holding 11 Viola Anna Anderson FRONT ROW 12- Lawrence Westling, 13- Grandma Westling holding 14- Hilmer Westling, 15 Nils Johnson, 16 Grace Johnson, 17 Grandma Britta Persdotter Anderson holding 18- Vernal Johnson, 19- Grandma Carlson holding 20- Alvin Anderson, 21 Elsa Margaret Marie Anderson, 22- Irvin Alfred Anderson. The Swedish women formed a club they called "The Friendly Women’s Club." It met often to foster close relationships and keep one another abreast of the news. In these social gatherings, Caroline was the life of the party. Her quick wit and happy disposition sparked others to greater happiness and friendship. Carolina “Lena Andersdotter & Ellen Jerling  Swedish was the language always spoken in Caroline's home. She was very much a product of the "old country." Hard work and cleanliness were her way of life. Her tiny (700 sq. ft.) home was immaculate in spite of having a large family and none of the conveniences of today (year 2000).
  7. 7. Even when electric refrigerators were common, she had an old ice box. Every two or three days someone had to go to the store and buy a block of ice and carry it home. She did her best cooking on an old coal stove that was in the kitchen. She had a gas stove, but it was relegated to the back porch to keep the coffee pot hot. Emil was a carpenter. He lowered the kitchen sink, drain boards, and cupboards to make them easier for her to reach. He also made a "breakfast nook," which was a booth between the kitchen and dining room for eating. The back yard had a little workshop back by the alley. It always smelled of fresh shavings. The workshop and house were connected by a sidewalk made of wood. Between the house and the workshop was the garden and some grass. For the United States, World War II took place from December 1941 to 1945. It was even more terrible than World War I. Herbert, and Harold served in the military during the war. Fortunately, they did not see action. Lawrence (nicknamed Red) married Sarah Margeret (Sally) Haun, a nurse. He did not have a very happy life. They had no children. The only work he spoke well of was as a garbage man. Alcohol and cigarettes were problems in their lives. Herbert (nicknamed Chub) never married. Following World War II, he became a complete drunk and, later, died painfully of cancer. Helen (nicknamed Sis) attended college for two years, taught school, married Howard Ross Bramble, and moved to Boise, Idaho. They had five children. In 1943 they separated, and Helen and her children moved back with Caroline. In March 1949, Howard and Helen were divorced. On 5 Sep 1959 Helen married Ernest Frederick Hasselfeld. They had no children. Harold (nicknamed Pink and Hal) moved to California, and married Catherine E. Ross. They were divorced, and Harold married Violet Kay Kazakis. Niether marriage produced children. Harold worked in the food/restaurant business in Los Angeles. He died on 18 August 1958 from a heart attack, after having heart trouble for a number of years. Grace became a nurse, married Gordon K. Wallace, had four children, then divorced him. Later she married Clell Petty. After his death, she married Melvin Densley in the temple. In 1941, when Caroline was 67 years old, she suffered a massive heart attack. While her lifestyle changed somewhat after that illness, she did recover and carry on almost as if she would live forever. Three years later, 1n 1944, Emil died of a heart attack (coronary occlusion). Caroline was heartbroken, but determined to meet and master life in whatever form it came. Emil Westling died:20 March 1944. For the next fourteen years, Caroline was a major influence in the lives of her grandchildren, nine of whom, with their mothers, lived with her part of those years, and four of whom lived with her most of those years, because of the divorces in the lives of her daughters.
  8. 8. On 27 September 1958, Caroline passed quietly from this life after nearly a year of battling cancer. She lived for 84 eventful years wherein she amply demonstrated the courage and tenacity of her pioneer spirit, her ability to laugh and sing, even in the darkest times, and her ability to love and serve her family. Her influence is extending into the third generation of her family, and will, perhaps, extend on indefinitely without foreseeable end. Written by Ronald Bramble, Caroline's grandson. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1900 Lena Anderson in household of Chas Rood, "United States Census” name: Lena Anderson event place: ED 44 Precinct 43 Salt Lake City Ward 4, Salt Lake, Utahbirth date:birth date Sep 1874 birthplace: Sweden relationship to head of household: Servant race or color (standardized): White gender: Female marital status: Single immigration year: 1898 father's birthplace: Sweden mother's birthplace: Sweden ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1900 Emil Westling in household of Ingrid Westling, "United States Census" Name:Emil Westling Place:ED 63 Murray Precinct, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Birth Date:Sept 1873Birthplace:Sweden Relationship to Head of Household:Son Father's Birthplace:Sweden Mother's Birthplace:Sweden Race:White Gender:Male Marital Status:Single Immigration Year:1893 Household Gender Age Birthplace Head Ingrid Westling F 58 Sweden Granddaughter Annie Westling F 9 Sweden Son Emil Westling M 27 Sweden ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1910 "United States Census" Emil Westling, Salt Lake City Ward 2, Salt Lake, Utah name: Emil Westling, birthplace: Sweden, relationship to head of household: Self residence: Salt Lake City Ward 2, Salt Lake, Utah, marital status: Married race : White, gender: Male immigration year: 1896, father's birthplace: Sweden, mother's birthplace: Sweden Household Gender Age Birthplace self Emil Westling M 36y Sweden wife Lena Westling F 35y Sweden son Lawrence E Westling M 7y Utah son Herbet E Westling M 2y Utah --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  9. 9. 1920 Emil Westling, "United States Census" name: Emil Westling residence: , Salt Lake, Utah estimated birth year: 1875 age: 45 birthplace: Sweden relationship to head of household:Self gender: Male race: White marital status: Married Household Gender Age Birthplace self Emil Westling M 45y Sweden wife Caroline Westling F 45y Sweden son Lawerance Westling M 16y Utah son Herbert E Westling M 12y Utah dau Helen V Westling F 9y6m Utah son Harold M Westling M 7y Utah dau Grace L Westling F 1y9m Utah Brita Anderson F 85y Sweden Caroline Westling’s Mother ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1930 Emil Westling, "United States Census" name:Emil Westling event place:Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah gender:Male age:55 marital status:Married race:White birthplace:Sweden estimated birth year:1875 immigration year:1896 relationship to head of household:Head father's birthplace:Sweden mother's birthplace:Sweden Household Gender Age Birthplace Head Emil Westling M 55 Sweden Wife Caroline Westling F 55 Sweden son Herbert Westling M 22 Utah daughter Helen Westling F 19 Utah ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1940 Emil Westling, "United States Census, 1940" name: Emil Westling event place: Ward 2, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Precinct, Salt Lake, Utahgender:Male age: 65 marital status: Married race (standardized): White relationship to head of household (standardized): Head birthplace: Sweden estimated birth year: 1875 residence in 1935: Same House Household Gender Age Birthplace head Emil Westling M 65 Sweden wife Caroline Westling F 65 Sweden son Herbert E Westling M 32 Utah
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  11. 11. Deseret News and Telegram - Salt Lake City, Utah - 29 Sep 1958 Caroline A. Westling Mrs. Caroline (Lena) Anderson Westling: 84. 840 W. 7th South Died Saturday at 1:10 a.m. at home after a long illness. (Died 27 Sept 1958) Born Sept 9, 1874 Vinoker, Sweden, To Anders and Britta Pearson Anderson. Married to Emil Westling Jan 19, 1901 In Murray. He died in 1944. Survivors: son, Herbert E., Mrs Grace Wallace, Mrs. Helen Bramble, Salt Lake City: nine grandchildren; A sister, Ellen Johnson, Murray. Funeral Riverview Ward Chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, Tuesday 10 a.m. Friends call, Monday evening, 260 E. South Temple. Tuesday half hour prior to services at chapel. Burial: Murray City Cemetery. Deseret News, OBITUARY, Tue., 21 Mar 1944 p.12. Emil Westling 69- 840 W. 17th So. St. died in his home yesterday at 8:30 a.m. of Coronary Thrombosis. A son of Lars Erick and Ingrid Anderson Westling. Mr Westling was born in Soderland, Sweden Sept 25, 1874. He came to the United States in 1896 (1893 per 1900 Census) and had lived in Utah since. He was a carpenter for the S.L.C. board of education for 20 years. Survivors include his widow Mrs Caroline Anderson Westling, three sons Lawrence Westling, S.L.; Harold Westling ; Herbert Westling; two daughters Mrs Helen Bramble, Mrs Grace Wallace, Provo; and 8 grandchildren.".
  12. 12. Your tombstone stands neglected and alone. The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone. It reaches out to all who care. It is too late to mourn. You did not know that I exist. You died and I was born. Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh, in blood, in bone. Our heart contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own. Dear Ancestor, the place you filled those years ago. Spreads out among the ones you left who would have loved you so. I wonder as you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew That someday I would find this spot and come to visit you. Author Unknown Find A Grave bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Westling&GSby=1875&GSbyrel=before&GSdy=1945&GSdyr el=before&GSst=47&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=126463&df=all& Emil Westling Birth: Sep. 25, 1874, Sweden, Death: Mar. 24, 1944, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Burial: Murray City Cemetery , Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Plot: 09 006 6
  13. 13. FIND A GRAVE Caroline "Lena" Anderson Westling Birth: Sep. 9, 1874, Sweden Death: Sep. 27, 1958, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County Utah, USA Burial: Murray City Cemetery , Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Plot: 09 006 5