Note: GL12/66 December 1936, Mrs. Eric Nystrom observed her 94th birthday December 11 in her home when relatives and friends spent the afternoon with her. GL12/67 December 1937, Mrs. Anna Nystrom observed her 95th birthday at a gathering in the home of her grandson and family, Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Lindstrum. SPANY p.243 #13, p.244. Sailed on the Aeolus out of Söderhamn. Arrived in New York Sept. 17, 1850. The family received papers in Gävle May 29, 1850.
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The Geneseo Republic Date: July 28, 1911 Anna Nystrum makes proof of death, o f Eric Nystrum and presents petition for letters of administration, Petition granted. Ordered that letters administration issue to John Albert Lindstrum.
From the May 13, 1939 Kewanee Star Courier Bishop Hill - Mrs. Eric Nystrom, better known around here as "Grandma" Nystrom, is seriously ill at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Vernice Nelson, north of town. Mrs. Nystrom celebrated her ninety-sixth birthday in December of the last year. Up until November she had been living alone in her home here doing her own housework, but since then because of her rapidly failing health she has been at the homes of her grandchildren where she has been confined to her bed most of the time. She is one of he few remaining colonists who helped to establish this place. All of her life it has been a great pleasure to her to recall events of the Bishop Hill colony in which she was so vitally interested.
From the May 18, 1939 Galva News. Anna Nystrom, Oldest Bishop Hill Lady, dies Mrs. Anna Hedlund Nystrom, 96, oldest resident of the Bishop Hill community, died at 1:30 this morning in the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Vernice Nelson, north of Bishop Hill, following gradually failing health during the past several months. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Bishop Hill Methodist Church, in charge of Rev. H. J. Diercks. Anna Hedlund was born December 11, 1842 at Hannabo, Sweden, a daughter of Carl and Anna Hedlund, her twin brother, Andrew Hedlund, passing away at the age of five weeks. Three other brothers, Olof, Carl and Peter, also preceded her in death. Came to U.S. in 1850 In 1850, when she was seven years old, she came to America with her parents and two brothers, Carl and Peter, the father being stricken with cholera during the trip and was buried in Lake Michigan. The group traveled from Chicago to Bishop Hill by wagon and located in Red Oak where they lived in a log cabin. Later, the mother, Anna and brother Peter lived in the old church building for ten years and after the dissolution of the colony moved to a farm northwest of Bishop Hill known as the Hedlund homestead. (note: I think the homestead was probably northeast of Bishop Hill - BN) Her marriage to Eric Nystrom took place in December, 1864, in Galva. Eric and his parents having come to United States on the same boat with the Hedlunds. Following their marriage they lived in Moline for a time and moved to a farm in the Bishop Hill vicinity. Two daughters were born to them: Adaline (Mrs. David Aline), who died in Oregon in August, 1935, and Lillie (Mrs. Albert Lindstrom), who died in the Bishop Hill community in May, 1931. Mr. Nystrom died at Bishop Hill in January, 1911, at the age of 70. Her mother died at the age of 82. In 1907 Mrs. Nystrom fractured her hip and had since been handicapped physically. During the past 20 years she had lived alone in Bishop Hill, enjoying good health , altho for two years past she had been spending the ime with her grandchildren and had been with Mrs. Nelson during the past nine weeks. Her friends and co-worker in the colony, Mrs. Elizabeth Hallfast, preceded her in death February this year at the age of 96. 11 Grandchildren Survive Surviving are 11 grandchildren, as follows: Raymond Lindstrom, Vernice Nelson, Glen Lindstrom and Pearl Ericson, all of Bishop Hill and community; Francis, Rose, Herman, Anna, Lois, Clarence and Eleanor, children of Mrs. Aline, living in Washington and Oregon. During the past winter two of the grandsons from Oregon had visisted Mrs. Nystrom. Also surviving are 15 great-grandchildren, eight of them in Illinois. The son-in -law, Albert Lindstrom, also survives at Bishop Hill.
According to her obit in the Galesburg Daily Register Mail, May 23, 1939, after the family left the cabin in Red Oak, they lived in the "old church building for 10 years".
According to her obit in the Chicago Daily Tribune, May 19, 1939, "As a girl she worked in the colony's broom factory".
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