Photo: Thor's son Gustaf has related the following memories from his childhood:
"Ellen Widman's house was the third house after the Westerholm house. At her window, she had a mirror, through which she could see everything happening on the street. I visited her often after school, and she was lying on the sofa in the living room. Laughing, she maintained that she had such a terrible headache that she would gladly change heads with a cow. I always got some candy, one little marmalade-filled candy or a lump of sugar. Her house was changed to two apartments. The kitchen was very small, with an open wood stove. A coffee kettle of copper was hanging on a hook and was quite sooty. I remember that my father took it to a metal worker, Kalle Limnell on Skutnägsgatan street for the pot to be lined with tin."

Photo: Hanna Widman's and Karl Gustaf's oldest daughter Elvi Mathilda fell in love with the son of the cobbler, Anders Englund. The son's name was Axel Andreas Englund (1884-1956). Axel and Elvi were married in December 1911. Love has now gone back and forth between the little red house and the yellow Westerholm house. The circle is complete.

After a couple of years in Helsinki, Axel and Elvi emigrated to California in 1914, with their son Viktor Eugen (1912-1979). Their happiness did not last for long. Elvi died 23 July 1918 from tuberculosis.

Eugen stayed in California. Axel returned to Finland after a time. Eugen's three sons, Lawrence (1941-2017), Charles (1942-) and Kenneth (1948-) have all had families with children in California. When Charles and Kenneth visited Jakobstad in 2002, they saw where the grandparents had grown up. It was an impressive event.

Photo: Taken on 42 Skutnägsgatan street. Elvi, Axel and Eugen leaving for Helsingfors. The family got together: From the left, Hanna and Karl Gustaf Westerholm, Irma, Henrietta Englund, Elvi and Axel with Eugen, Rachel, Axel's brother Verner, cobbler Anders Englund and Axel's cousin Wilhelm (Ville).

This image has been scaled down to fit your computer screen. Click on it to show it in the original size.

Next Page

Return to Westerholm Family