Guide to the Esther Nelson Berglund Family History, 1979-1982  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Esther Nelson Berglund
Guide to the Esther Nelson Berglund Family History
1979-1982 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
Handwritten family history by Esther Nelson Berglund born in 1890 in Tacoma, Washington.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
Access Restrictions

This collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Esther Nelson Berglund was born on 27 April 1890 in Tacoma, Washington, to John Nelson and Emma Christine Swanson. She was baptized in the original First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tacoma in 1890. Her parents emigrated from Sweden and homesteaded in a small Swedish settlement called Welsh, Minnesota. They married in 1879. The family’s crops were destroyed one year from grasshoppers. Another year their hay barn was struck by lightning and destroyed. The following year a tornado destroyed everything but their house. They then moved to Tacoma, near Wright Park, and her father worked as a longshoreman loading and unloading boats and eventually earned enough to buy a small house in the wilderness. Esther started school at Franklin School at age seven but stopped in the fourth grade to work at her aunt’s house for one month and started confirmation school with Pastor Frisk. She was confirmed in 1906 and then worked ironing in a hand laundry. As a teenager, Esther worked as a waitress but went back to doing laundry, and then did housework for Mr. and Mrs. Pease for a year until she met and married Carl Berglund in 1911. They had three children. They moved to San Francisco around 1929 to find work. Esther sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. Carl died of a heart attack in 1949. Esther moved back to Tacoma to be with her family and lived to be over ninety years old.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of a photocopy of a sixty-six page handwritten autobiography begun on 23 May 1979 and completed on 23 October 1980 by Esther Berglund, age 89, to her granddaughter Linda (Berg) Lamzow. There is also a News Tribune clipping from 6 June 1982 picturing Esther.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from (the collection) must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Esther Nelson Berglund Family History, SIEmss_125, Archives and Special Collections, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Berglund, Carl
  • Berglund, Esther Nelson
  • Lamzow, Linda Berg
  • Leif, Hilda
  • Miller, Adele Young
  • Nelson, John
  • Swanson, Emma Christine
  • Family Names :
  • Berglund family
  • Nelson family

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  • Corporate Names :
  • First Evangelical Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • The Tacoma News Tribune
  • Vermont Marble Company

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  • Geographical Names :
  • Carver (Minn.)
  • Northfield (Minn.)
  • Red Wing (Minn.)
  • Tacoma (Wash.)
  • Wright Park (Tacoma, Wash.)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Sweden--Emigration and immigration
  • Swedish Americans

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  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Biographies
  • Essays
  • Family histories

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  • Occupations :
  • Farmers
  • Sunday school teachers