THE EDLUND FAMILY
John Fredolph "Fred" Edlund 1866-1960
Lillie Rosella (Mead) Edlund 1878-1969
Edlund Road, in Wasilla, Alaska
is named after this family
spring of 1914, Fred decided to move his family to Alaska.
While Lillie and the children temporarily stayed behind in Washington,
Fred and his daughter "Rose" (and her husband Herman Hugh) came to Alaska.
The steam ship journey, on the Admiral Evans, brought them as far as the
deep waters in the Ship Creek area; Anchorage would not exist for another
year. From there, another boat took them across Cook Inlet to the small town
of Knik (Wasilla would not exist for another 3 years).
summer, Fred and Herman staked a 240 acre homestead 11 miles from
Knik (a 2 day walk). They cleared land and built a small cabin for each family.
In the fall, Fred went back to Washington, while Rose and Herman stayed
in Knik. Their first child, Josephine Mary, was born there in December
the spring of 1915, Fred brought his wife, 9 other children, another
son-in-law, 2 grandchildren and a horse and wagon to Alaska. The cabin he
built for his family was obviously not going to house everyone for long,
so a larger home was built.
1. FREDOLPH "Freddie" EDLUND
2. AMELIA "Malie" ELIZABETH EDLUND
Born: 7/29/1897 Washington Died: 8/20/1915
Married: Hans Hugh 1/2/1913 Kosmos, Washington
"Malie" Edlund and her husband Hans, homesteaded (by today's
landmarks) near the intersection of the Parks Highway and Seward Meridian
Road in Wasilla. They had 2 sons: Hans Raymond "Danny" and Fredolph Oswald
"Dolphy". Malie died one year after coming to Alaska; she was buried on her
parents homestead. After she died, her husband and sons moved back to Washington.
NOTE: There was some confusion as to the proper spelling
of Amelia's name (Amelia or Amalea). In 1913, she signed her marriage license:
Amelia M. Edlund.
HANS and "MALIE" (EDLUND) HUGH
ROSALIE FRANCES "Rose" EDLUND
ARNOLD ANTON EDLUND
Born: 1/23/1901 Washington Died: 9/3/1974 Washington
Married: Hulda Lothrop (b.1907 d. 1950)
Married: Mary Marsh-Cornelius
and his Canadian born wife Hulda Lothrop, had 2 daughters, Elsie and
Maxine. Hulda was the
daughter of Robert Bloomfield Lothrop and Hulda Isabelle (Gustafson) Lothrop.
2nd wife was Mary Marsh-Cornelius, widow of Roy A. Cornelius. That
made Arnold a step-father to
Mary's 4 children: Frank R., Kathleen E., Ruthie M. and Eugene R. Cornelius.
Arnold Edlund was granted Land Patent #1043745 for 159 acres in the Matanuska Valley in 1931.
ARNOLD ANTON EDLUND
5. EDITH MYRTLE "Dee Dee" EDLUND
Born: 1/21/1903 Washington Died: 4/8/1983 Florida
Married: Merle David McCambridge Born: 1888 Died:1925
Married: John David Urban Born: 1887 Died: 1951
Dee Dee married Merle David McCambridge and they had 2 daughters: Margery b.1922 and Merle Corine
b.1924. Merle David McCambridge died in 1925 (from the flu) while he was working as a baggage
handler for the Alaska Railroad, he is buried in Anchorage. Dee Dee's 2nd husband was John David
Urban; he came to Alaska from Wisconsin in 1922. They had one son, John David Urban Jr. in 1927.
6. FLORENCE EVELINA EDLUND
7. GEORGE ERIC EDLUND
Born: 10/4/1906 Washington Died: 7/3/1989 Wasilla
Married: Olga E.Finney
Married: Edith Davenport
Married: Agnes Mae Byers
George married Olga Finney who died in a car accident. His 2nd wife, and mother of his daughter Alice, was Edith Davenport. His 3rd wife was Agnes May (Roulo) Byers, widow of Harold Beyers. She had 4 children: Ruth, Marian, James and Harold Byers.
8. PEARL ALICE EDLUND
Born: 11/4/1908 Washington Died: 2012 Washington
Married: Gilbert Francis "Gib" Oberg b.1898 d. 1969
Married: William Farr b. 1910 d. 1985 Married: 1974
Children: Gilbert Jr., Joan and Gary Oberg
9. JOHN FREMONT "Monte" EDLUND
Born: 4/29/1911 Washington Died: 1/10/1963 California
Married: Lillian "Virginia" Grantham
10. HEDVIG MABEL "Vicky" EDLUND
Born: 8/12/1913 Washington Died: 11/29/1996 Wasilla
Married: Gusta Neilssen in 1930
Married: Carl Fritzler b.1912 Died: 2012
When "Vicky" Edlund was 17, she married Gusta Neilssen, a young Swedish immigrant who was the nephew
of Oscar Anderson. Shortly after they were married, the newlyweds moved to Sweden where they lived for 3 years. The marriage was short lived and "Vicky" moved back to Alaska in 1934. She married Carl Fritzler and they had 2 children: Gloryjean and Mark. The Fritzler's homestead (by
today's landmarks)was where the Windbreak Cafe is in Wasilla.
11. HILDA VERNA EDLUND
2/28/1915 Washington Died: 11/7/2007 Washington
Married: Harry Arthur Sears Born: 1907
When Hilda Edlund married Harry Sears, her father gave the young couple a section of the original Edlund homestead as a gift. By today's landmarks, it was between Fairview Loop and Matanuska Road. Hilda and Harry had three children: Donald, Verna Mae and Rosella Sears.
12. LILY MAY
Born: 2/25/1917 Washington Died: 9/6/1986 California
Married: Ernest Oscar Ohlin Born: 1913 Sweden Died: 2000 California
Lily May Edlund married Ernest Oscar Ohlin, nephew
of Oscar Anderson; they had 5 children: Ruby,
Vonnie, Lois, Janet and Ernest Ohlin.
1. Lillie (Mead) Edlund Anderson
2. Lilly Edlund Ohlin
3. Margery McCambridge
4. Delma (Foster Daughter)
5. Hedvig Mabel "Vicky" Edlund Fritzler
6. Edith "Dee Dee" Myrtle Edlund Urban
7. Merle McCambridge
8. Rosalie Frances "Rose" Edlund Wilkinson
9. Josephine Mary "Lila" Hugh Hanson
10. Lillian Grantham Edlund
11. Lorraine Strigga
12. Florence Evelina Edlund Strigga
13. Shirley Strigga
14. Ruby Ohlin
The Edlund Brothers
Edward, John Fredolph and Olof Anton Edlund
John Fredolph Edlund's maternal cousin, Johan Albert Boden immigrated from Sweden in 1912 with his six year old son Swen R Boden. Their immigration records list Morton, Washington as their final destination. Eventually, Albert and Swen came to Alaska and staked a homestead near the Edlund's. Since Albert was a single father, the Edlund's took care of young Swen when his father was away, which was often. Eventually, Albert Boden left Alaska, leaving his son permanently with the Edlund's. The deserted Boden homestead was taken over by Fred Edlund's brother, Olof Anton Edlund.
Edlund legend tells how Oscar Anderson and Swen Boden
went moose hunting together and Swen mistook Oscar for a moose
and shot him. The injuries were severe enough that Oscar lost part
of his arm and wore a metal hook the rest of his life, however,
he never held Swen responsible, saying "it was just an accident". Oscar
married Lillie Rosella (Mead) Edlund in 1930 after she divorced John
Fredolph Edlund. Oscar Anderson (1890-1979) Lillie Edlund Anderson (1878-1969).
Fred Edlund, Florence Edlund-Strigga-Fleckenstein, Robert Lothrop, Sharon Fleckenstein,
Gloryjean Fritzler holding brother Mark Fritzler, Monte Edlund, George Edlund.
Photo taken 1951 at the Fleckenstein's.
Fairview School House 1926
Hilda Edlund, Vicky Edlund, Velma Soper,
Bessie Rowe (teacher) and Lily Edlund
Walking to School (along the railroad tracks)
1. Lily Edlund
2. Wanda Soper
3. Vicky Edlund
4. Pearl Soper
5. Hilda Edlund
6. Velma Sope
7. Kenny Soper
8. Stewart Vail
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