My mother wanted to know why I never post photos of our family for Sepia Saturday. So, I looked for some reasonably photogenic relatives, because, believe me, not all of them are.
Allow me to introduce my maternal great-grandparents, Grant and Gertrude. Gertrude's parents, Anna Charlotte Sederburg and Charles A.O. Billington were both born in Sweden around 1843. They married in Ilinois in 1864, which is where Gertrude was born in 1880. Here she is at the age of about 22.
Gertrude's parents came to the United States just ahead of the Swedish mass emigration that started in the late 1860s due to a series of crop failures. During the period of 1867-1869, approximately 60,000 Swedes emigrated to other countries, most often the United States. The wave of Swedish emigration continued until World War I.
Gertrude's family settled in Rock Island, Illinois, which is probably where she met her future husband, Grant Meyers. Grant was born in Illinois in 1877, to parents William and Martha, who were both originally from Pennsylvania. He was one of nine children, twelve if you count the three who died. The name was originally Meyer, but became Meyers somewhere along the line.
Grant and Gertrude settled in Morrill, Kansas, where Grant's occupation was listed as farmer in the 1910 Census. Here's a portrait of Grant and Gertrude from about 1906.
Sepia Saturday for more great old photographs and memories.