S: Our Feick Family
BC: Ranae Grace Kallman Feick June 1, 2010
1: Our Feick Family six generations of photographs
2: Our Feick Family Tree has its roots in Germany, Sweden and Norway. Like most Americans we are fairly recent immigrants. Our family can be traced in Northern Europe back to the 17th century and beyond. These are some family photographs of the last six generations. Celebrating who we are and remembering those that came before us, this book is for my children and my children's children with love from Mom. Ranae Grace Kallman Feick June 1, 2010 "Don't forget who you are." | Germany | Sweden | Norway
3: Great Grandparents | Grandparents | Parents
4: Sweden ...our earliest family photos... your great, great, great grandparents Charlotta Majholm (1826-1904) & Edvard Julius Abrahamsson (1832-1888) | your great, great grandfather, Robert Albin Abrahamsson (1860-1923) | 1865 | Before her marriage Charlotta served as housemaid to the mayor of Arboga. Edvard Julius was a wholesale dealer and house broker active in Stockholm. They married Nov. 3, 1859, seven months before Albins birth. Edvard was not the biological father of Albin. Albin always knew this and was of course interested to know who his "real" father was. Charlotta never revealed this secret. When asked by her son she replied, "plague me not any more, boy" and wept. Edvard bought Stommen (the family home) in Ostra Frolunda and moved the family there August 30, 1879. He became a gentleman farmer and somewhat of a local politician there. The family also became devout followers of the early Seventh Day Adventist movement in Sweden.
5: Edvard was the adoptive father of Albin. Oscar II of Sweden was whispered to be the "real" sire of the boy. The townspeople gossiped about the family "heritage". The "Goteborgs Morgontidning", a local newspaper, referred to Albin as "a living image of his gracious lord and king, Oscar the Second". Albin of course heard the rumors but his mother would neither confirm or deny. Albin's children were forbidden to bring up the subject to their grandparents. However family members, 150 years after Albin's birth, on both sides of the ocean, in eight different countries, told virtually the same story my father had whispered to me. Whether by consent or rape isn't known but Oscar (in his days before assuming the throne) was quite fond of the ladies. He hunted in the area as a guest and friend of the mayor of Arboga, where Charlotta worked. His presence in the area at the time of Albin's conception was well documented. Edvard and Charlotta never had any more children. | The SKELETON in OUR family closet | Edvard Julius' (Oscar's?) descendants are living in.... Sweden, Norway, Finland, England, Canada, United States, Mexico and Australia | Some of our names are.... Aakerman, Abrahamsson, Alfaro, Almquist, Andersson, Angeles, Bluhm, Bogar, Brooks, Carson, Cione, Connor, Crabtree, Eckberg, Feick, Fisher, Forsberg, Fraser, Gille, Gonzalez, Gustafson, Harbeck, Hedman, Herskind, Ibarra, Jacobson, Johnson, Jonason, Kallman, Koslowski, Koufar, Lijegren, Lynch, Majholm, McCarthy, Meza, Morre, Murillo, Onjukka, Reijossen, Reyes, Rubuttom, Ryberg, Slimm, Soderstrom, Specht, Spielman, Stragapede, Svansson, Tanoto, Thomas, Traedegaard, Unrein, Welter, Wong, Wuertemburg | well, what do YOU think? | Oscar II Albin
6: great grandmother Wilhelmina Theresia Hindel poses with her mother about 1907 | Great Grandmother Wilhelmina Theresia Hindel 1904-1957 | Great Great Grandparents | Franciscus (Franz) Hindel 1844-1928
7: Hindel Family Herrnsheim, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany Your Oma Elisabeth peeks out from behind the bride Johanna at the wedding of her maternal uncle, Franz Hindel. His mother, your great great grandmother (name unknown), is to his left. To her left is your great grandmother Wilhelmina Theresia Hindel.
8: The Abrahamsson Family of Ostra Frolunda, Sweden Tyra, Maerta, Ester, Ruth, Seht, Lydia, Gustav, Anna and Hilma seated: are your great great grandparents Robert Albin Abrahamsson and Anna Karolina Karlsdotter (1860-1923) (1859-1925) | April 8, 1913
9: The Family Home in 1900 ... still in the family in 2010. Seth & Gunilla Abrahamsson, grandchildren of Albin & Anna reside there | Great Grandmother Lydia is pictured with a guitar and in the second picture in America, with her sister Ruth. The Abrahamssons were devout Seventh Day Adventists whose happy home is still spoke of with affection. They were obviously not a poor family so I wonder why Lydia and her sisters Ruth and Anna choose to leave for the uncertainty of America? | Albin & Anna 1923 | Ruth & Lydia
10: Nils Gundersen Ovald 1875-1961 Gunhild Marie Olsdatter 1876-1959 your great great grandparents | Skien, Telemark, Norway | Nils, a merchant seaman when they married, became a captain on a boat traveling the Telemarken canal. Gunhild, the mother of seven, was a happy, lively, much-loved woman according to her daughter, your great grandmother, Dagmar. | 1947
11: Great Great Grandparents Otto Kranzle and Elisabeth Knell married November 11, 1899 Worms, Hessen, Germany | Otto Kranzle (1873-1943) was a master woodworker and the ninth child of 12 born to Josef Kranzle and Genovefa Ganzenmuller. He kept a family ledger where he recorded births, baptisms, marriages and deaths. Elisabeth Knell (1873-1951) was the daughter of schoolteacher Andreas Knell and his wife Elisabeth Trackert. | Josef Eugen 1902-1945
12: Anders Sevaldsen Anne Marie Hoiset Your great great grandparents (top row left) were missionaries for the Seventh Day Adventist church in Norway. This is one of the congregations they founded. Their children were born in all different towns across Norway. Anne died at the birth of their seventh. Anders named the baby "Live" (life). Their oldest child, your great grandfather, Paul Skoglund, is pictured bottom middle (with the wheelbarrow). | S E V A L D S E N | Paul | Paul 1914 | Norway
13: Walter 1926 | Feick | Gross Bieberau, Hessen Germany Your great grandfather Georg Ludwig Feick (1887-1943) with his second wife and family. Your Opa, Walter Feick (1923-2000), is at the right. Walter's mother was Elisabeth Schwebel (1897-@1924). She died when Walter was very young. He didn't remember her. According to your grandfather, the Feick family had been in Gross Bieberau and the surrounding area "since at least the 1600's".
14: Kranzle Family | The Kranzle family lived well in Germany for many generations. That ended with World War II. Josef never returned after the fall of Berlin in April of 1945. On the next page your great uncle Otto stands in the bombed-out family home. The teen-ager built his mother a two room house with bricks salvaged from the ruins. | great grandparents Josef Eugen Kranzle Wilhelmina Theresia Hindel | Liesel & Otto 1932
15: Elisabeth Franziska Kranzle 1928-1995 grandmother "Oma"
16: Richard Severin Kallman (1887-1968) Lydia Abrahamsson (1890-1978) married May 10, 1911 Rock Island, Illinois Your great grandparents immigrated from Sweden, Richard, a blacksmith, in 1906 and Lydia in 1909. They met in the Swedish community of Moline, Illinois. They were married by Lydia's fathers cousin, Rev. L.G. Abrahamsson, a Lutheran minister at Augustana College, in his home. They had five children that they raised in the large Swedish neighborhood of Chicago, Andersonville. Carl Melvin, your grandfather, was their middle child and his mothers favorite. | baby Carl 1916 | 1942
17: Chicago 1920 | KALLMAN | Melvin | Melvin | Melvin
18: great grandparents Paul Skoglund Sevaldsen Dagmar Gundersen married in Skien Norway February 4, 1922 | coming to America thru... ELLIS | Following his dream, Paul left his wife and baby daughter behind and went to America with his friends Tomas and Einar. He was sponsored by an aunt in Chicago. Paul loved America and dropped the 'sen' from his name to sound more "American". He sent photos and letters describing his prosperous life in America and tickets for Dagmar and baby Gerd to follow. Two weeks before the boat sailed for America Gerd died suddenly, complications from measles. Dagmar buried her baby in a paupers grave and took a three hour train ride to Kristiania (now Oslo) where she boarded the boat for America, alone. When Dagmar arrived she found things were not as "rich" as she expected. Paul was living in his aunt's basement apartment, his only possessions a bed, chair and rug given to him by the Salvation Army. He and his friends had rented the shoes, hats and fancy topcoats at the photography studio in Chicago. Dagmar got a job as a domestic for a rich gold-coast Danish family. They never again talked about or even said the name...Gerd. | search for Paul & Dagmar at www.ellisisland.org under "Sevaldsen" | Gerd Sevaldsen 1922-1924
19: ISLAND | Ellis Island, New York
20: Chicago, Illinois 1935 Great Grandparents Paul Skoglund Sevald (1894-1971) & Dagmar Gundersen (1900-1991) | Great Grandfather | Great Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Sevald
21: Great Grandfather | Great Grandmother | Grandmother Grace Gunhild Sevald & her brother Arnold | Family | 1968
22: Two generations before you, your ancestors were enemies. Your American maternal grandfather Melvin fought for the Allies. Your German paternal great grandfather Josef and grandfather Walter fought for the Axis. | WWII | Walter was a navigator in the Luftwaffe. He was shot down early in the war and spent the remaining time as a POW in Arkansas, picking cotton. | Josef was a "Volkssturmmann"or member of the homeguard. He died at the end of the war in the fall of Berlin April 1945.
23: Melvin enlisted in the American Army in 1942. He served with the 3rd Armored Division in the liberation of Europe | "Breathes there a man with soul so dead, who never to himself hath said, this is my own, my native land?" - -Sir Walter Scott
24: GRAND | Grace Gunhild Sevald 1927-1975 A kind and generous person who would have been a wonderful grandmother.
25: PARENTS | Melvin Carl Kallman 1916-1989 He was everything a father should be, and more. I miss him still.
26: Feick | Your grandparents married December 31, 1948 in Herrnsheim, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany. They immigrated to the United States in 1955 with their first two children, Ursula & Otto. | Walter Feick & Elisabeth Kranzle (1923-2000) (1928-1995)
27: Chicago, Illinois
28: 1970 | 1948 | Morton Grove, Illinois
29: Grandparents Melvin Carl Kallman Grace Gunhild Sevald married October 1, 1949 Chicago, Illinois | Kallman
31: Parents | Otto Walter Feick Ranae Grace Kallman
32: Bartlett Illinois
33: Otto Walter Feick Ranae Grace Kallman married August 18, 1973 Glenview, Illinois | OUR FEICK FAMILY | then & now & always
34: This is my grandmother Dagmar Sevald the way I remember her best. A joyous positive woman of strong faith and spirit who never passed up a chance to tell you exactly what she thought or believed. She made me feel safe, special and loved. Before she died I visited her, living again in Norway,, three times. She shared with me the stories of her life and of our family. This book is dedicated to her. "Don't forget who you are" | Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6