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Dag "Day" Thorsell was born March 28, 1885, in Jämjö, Blekinge lan, Sweden, and died October 17, 1968, in San Leandro, Alameda Co., CA, at age age 83. He is the son of Petter Petersson of Slatafly, Sweden, and Eleonora Laurentia Persson of Sweden.

Agnes Theresia Engvall was born March 21, 1883, in Kalmar, Kalmar lan, Sweden, and died May 18, 1962, at her home at 22331 Princeton St., Hayward, Alameda Co., CA, at age 79. She is the daughter of Axel Engvall of Sweden and Maria Sofia "Mary" Thorslund  of Sweden.

Dag "Day" Thorsell and Agnes Theresia Engvall were married about 1913 in California.

Dag "Day" Thorsell and Agnes Theresia (Engvall) Thorsell had two children:

  1. Norman Engvall Thorsell: Born November 17, 1919, in San Francisco Co., CA; Died August 29, 1992, in Newark, Alameda Co., CA (age 72). Married (1) May 25, 1947, in the Chapel of the Chimes to Mary Alyce Smith: Born August 31, 1918, in Ulysses, NE; Died December 25, 1968, in San Leandro, Alameda Co., CA (age 50). Married (2) October 21, 1961, in Alameda, CA to Margaret M. Sloan/Nichols: Born Unknown; Died Unknown. Divorced January 1971 in Alameda, CA. Married (3) November 18, 1972, in Alameda, CA, to Fleeta Mae (Foster) Hunn: Born October 25, 1929, in Oswego, Labette Co., KS; Died November 14, 2007, in Bend, Deschutes Co., OR (age 78).
  2. Elsa Marguerite Thorsell: Born October 4, 1921, in San Francisco Co., CA; Died February 4, 1986, in Salinas, Monterey Co., CA (age 64). Married (1) before 1938 in California to Maeron Jacob Harris: Born September 27, 1909, in Lotus, El Dorado Co., CA; Died June 18, 1954, in Arbuckle, Colusa Co., CA (age 44). Married (2) June 25, 1958, in Arbuckle, Colusa Co., CA, to Kenneth Franklin Lewis: Born June 12, 1916, in Flint, Genesee Co., MI; Died February 12, 1990, in Monterey Co., CA (age 83). His mother's maiden name was Hesler. Enlisted as a married man in the Michigan National Guard on October 15, 1940, in Flint, Genesee Co., MI. Education: 1 year of high school. Lived in Salinas, Monterey Co., CA, and was living in Genesee, MI.



TIMELINE

Dag "Day" Thorsell was born March 28, 1885, in Jämjö, Blekinge lan, Sweden.

Agnes Theresia Engvall was born March 21, 1883, in Kalmar, Kalmar lan, Sweden.

On September 17, 1889, Maria Engvall (age 29), a Swedish Citizen, from Kalmar, Kalmar lan, Sweden, arrived at the Port of New York aboard the S. S. Ems. Departure ports were Bremen and Southhampden.

S. T. Shields and Mary Engvall were married December 17, 1895, in Eureka, Eureka Co., NV. He died 1920 - 1928 in Nevada.

On October 9, 1897, Maria Shields (age 37, married), Agnes Engvall (age 14, single), and Jenny Thossland (age 35, single) all Swedish Citizens with a last residence of Gothenberg, Sweden, and a final destination of Eureka, Nevada, with the purpose of going home, and being booked on the same ticket, arrived at the Port of New York aboard the S. S. Campania. Departure port was Liverpool, England on October 2, 1897.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 19, 1900, shows Axel Shields (age 39) born October 1860 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1879 and a Naturalized citizen is a Lead-Silver Miner owning his own home free of a mortgage and living in Hamilton Pct., White Pine Co., NV. Living with him is his wife of 5 years, Mary S. Shields (age 40) born May 1860 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1889, with the only child born to her still alive, a Lodging House Keeper. Also living there is his Ward, Agnes T. Engvall (age 17) born March 1883 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1897, who is At School. A School Teacher also boards with the household.


On May 1, 1905, Dag Thorsell arrived at the Port of New York aboard the S. S. Hellig Olav. Departure port was Copenhagen on April 19, 1905. He is a 20 year old unmarried Carpenter and was living in Jämjö, Blekinge lan, Sweden. His closest relative was his brother (should be mother), Eleonora Thorsell, Törnåkra. His destination is San Pedro, CA. He is going to visit his brother, Helge Franssan, 741 E. 11th St., Los Angeles, CA.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 22, 1910, shows Day Throsel (age 25) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1906 and having Pa citizenship is an unmarried House Carpenter Boarding at the Edward E. Rasse residence, 550 36th Ave., City of San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 19, 1910, shows Axel T. Shields (age 48) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1879 and a Naturalized citizen in his first marriage is a Boarding House Helper owning his own home free of a mortgage and living in Hamilton Pct., White Pine Co., NV. Living with him is his wife of 14 years, Mary S. Shields (age 49) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1889, with the only child born to her still alive, who is in her second marriage. Also living there is his unmarried Nephew, Ernest Thornquist (age 22) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1907 with Pa citizenship, who is a Boarding House Waiter. A Boarder also lives in the household.

Dag "Day" Thorsell and Agnes Theresia Engvall were married about 1913 in California.


The WWI Draft Registration Report taken on September 12, 1918, shows Day Thorsell is living at 526 36th Ave., San Francisco, CA. He is a Grocer. His wife is Agnes Thorsell.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 3, 1920, shows Day Thorsell (age 34) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1907 and becoming a Naturalized citizen in 1913 is a Job Work Carpenter owning his own home with a mortgage and living at 526 36th Ave., City of San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA. Living with him is his wife, Agnes Thorsell (age 36) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1897 and becoming a Naturalized citizen in 1913. Also living there is his son, Norman Thorsell (age 1/12) born in California to Swedish-born parents.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 11, 1920, shows Axel Shields (age 65) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1860 and a Naturalized citizen is a married Mine Owner who owns his home and is living in Hamilton Twp., White Pine Co., NV. Living with him is his wife, Mary Shields (age 60) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated Unknown and a Naturalized citizen.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 3, 1920, shows Mary Shields (age 47) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1889 and becoming a Naturalized citizen in 1908 is a widowed Private Family Cook living in the James A. Murray household on Wave Street, New Monterey Addition to Monterey City, Monterey Twp., Monterey Co., CA.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 12, 1930, shows Daniel Thorsell (age 45) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1905 and a Naturalized citizen and first married at age 29 is a Building Carpenter renting his home for $45/month at 327 Pierce, City of San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA. Living with him is his wife, Anna T. Thorsell (age 47) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in Unknown and of Unknown Naturalization and first married at age 31. Also living there are his two children, both born in California to Swedish-born parents: William E. Thorsell (age 10); and Ethel M. Thorsell (age 8). Daniel's unmarried brother also lives there: James Thorsell (age 35) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1923, who is a Garage Mechanic. Also living there is Daniel's widowed mother-in-law: Mary Shields (age 69) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1889 and first married at age 21.


Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, Washoe Co., NV, Saturday, January 3, 1942

Mrs. Mary Shields Dies in White Pine

ELY, Jan. 3, (Special) - Mrs. Mary Shields, eight-one-year-old native of Sweden and veteran resident of Hamilton, one-time White Pine county seat, died in a local hospital last night as a result of complications from a hip injury which she received in a fall a month ago. Mrs. Shields had resided in Hamilton since 1891, She leaves a daughter, Mrs. D. Thornell, of Arbuckle, Calif.


The WWII Draft Registration Report taken on April 27, 1942, shows Day Thorsell (age 57) is living in Arbuckle, Colusa Co., CA. He is Married. Mrs. Day Thorsell is his nearest relative.


Norman E. Thorsell: World War II Enlistment Date: April 15, 1942, at San Francisco, CA; Born 1919 in California;  Grade of Private; U. S. Army Selectee. 4 years of high school education. Single, without dependents. 5 Feet 8 Inches Height; 162 Pounds Weight.


The Oakland Tribune, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, Sunday, May 25, 1947

Honeymoon at Santa Catalina

At a candlelight ceremony conducted in the Chapel of the Chimes at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Miss Mary Alyce Smith of Oakland and Norman Engval Thorsell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Day Thorsell of Arbuckle, were married. Harold Smith, uncle of the bride, gave her in marriage as the Rev. D. L. Hughes officiated. The bride wore her sister's wedding dress of white chiffon, with a fingertip veil. Her bouquet was of bouvardia, lillies of the valley and white orchids. Mrs. J. R. Smith, her attendant, wore pink net and lace. Her bouquet was of pink sweet peas, carnations and delphiniums. Mr. Stanley Thorsell attended his cousin. A two weeks honeymoon on Santa Catalina Island will be followed by their return to the Bay area. Mrs. Thorsell is a graduate of Mercy College of Nursing and has been at Providence Hospital, Oakland, until her marriage.


Nevada State Journal, Reno, Washoe Co., NV, Sunday, July 13, 1952

Mr. and Mrs. Day Thorsall of Arbuckle, Calif., arrived here yesterday and are leaving today. Mrs. Thorsall is a daughter of Mrs. Mary Shields, who was a resident of Hamilton for many years. They were accompanied here by their daughter, Mrs. Marguerite Harris, and their daughter, Teresa.


Maeron Jacob Harris died June 18, 1954, in Arbuckle, Colusa Co., CA, at age 44.


The Mountain Democrat, Placerville, El Dorado Co., CA, Thursday, June 24, 1954

Maeron J. Harris

Friends in El Dorado county this week learned of the death last Friday of Maeron J. Harris at Arbuckle. A former resident of Lotus, Mr. Harris was found dead in his Arbuckle home. He was 44 years old. Born at Lotus on September 27, 1909, Mr. Harris resided there until 1927, when he moved to Arbuckle. He had been employed for the past several years by an almond ranch. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Mae Harris of Arbuckle, a daughter, Teresa Harris of Sacramento, a brother, Elmer, San Leandro; and three sisters.


Agnes Theresia (Engvall) Thorsell died May 18, 1962, in Hayward, Alameda Co., CA, at age 79.


The Daily Review, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA, Saturday, May 19, 1962

Obituaries

Agnes Thorsell

Funeral services will be held in Hayward Monday for Agnes T. Thorsell, 79, 22331 Princeton St., Hayward, who died at her home Friday. Mrs. Thorsell, a native of Sweden, had lived in California for 62 years. She is survived by her husband, Day; daughter, Mrs. Marguerite Lewis, Salinas; a son, Norman Thorsell of San Leandro; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Rev. Richard H. Fitch of First Methodist Church of Hayward will officiate at services Monday at Sorensen Bros. Chapel, 1140 B Street, Hayward. Burial will be at Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward.


The Daily Review, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA, Sunday, May 20, 1962

DEATH NOTICES

THORSELL, Agnes T. - In Hayward, May 18, 1962, beloved wife of Day Thorsell, loving mother of Mrs. Marguerite Lewis of Salinas and Norman Thorsell of San Leandro; also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A native of Sweden. Age 79 years. Friends are invited to attend the services from Sorensen Bros. Chapel, 1140 B Street, Hayward, Monday, May 21, 1962, at 1 p.m., Rev. Richard H. Fitch of the First Methodist Church of Hayward officiating. Interment, Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward.


The Daily Review, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA, Sunday, October 20, 1963

No More Travels, 79-Year-Old Says

Day Thorsell says he's through with traveling. The 78-year-old Hayward resident, just returned from a seven-week visit to his native Sweden, says he "is getting too old" for such trips. "It was all right when I was 78", he explained "but I'm going to be 79 next week. Thorsell, of 22331 Princeton St., says, however, that his visit to Sweden is "something I didn't want to miss. The Hayward man left Sweden 58 years ago to come to California. How has Sweden changed in those 58 years? Thorsell says the difference is prosperity, with everyone having "enough to live like people should."

SOCIAL SECURITY

"They have three kinds of social security," the active senior citizen added. Thorsell's journey, which started June 7 and ended in September, included a "first Time" look at New York City, a complete tour of his native land and even a bomb scare. "The bomb scare was in New York when I was coming home, Thorsell said." They made us unpack all our luggage. The Hayward resident said he took the scare in stride, however. "I'm getting too old to get excited." he commented. Thorsell said Sweden is "about the same" as the United States. "It was a poor nation when I left," he added. At 78, Thorsell can tell prospective travelers how many steps there to the top of the Statue of Liberty. He also will recall, if asked, how many steps in the tower of Stockholm's city hall, or how many locks on Sweden's many canals.

FACTS RECORDED

Any facts he can't remember about the trip are recorded in notebooks, included in pamphlets and books he has collected or recalled via boxes of photographs. "I brought all these things home so this trip would last more than seven weeks, he says. Thorsell says that, of the two nations, he still prefers his adopted land. He said he explained it all to Swedish newspapermen who asked the question, by pointing out he is "Americanized and climatized to Hayward, Calif. "Besides," added Thorsell, "I can't speak Swedish anymore."


Dag "Day" Thorsell died October 17, 1968, in Alameda Co., CA, at age age 83.


The Daily Review, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA, Saturday, October 19, 1968

THORSELL. Day of San Leandro, October 17, 1968. Husband of the late Agnes T. Thorsell; loving father of Norman E. Thorsell of San Leandro and Mrs. Marguerite Lewis of Salinas; grandfather of four grandchildren; dear brother of Jarl Thorsell of Arbuckle, Calif., and Lilli Thorsell of Stockholm, Sweden. A native of Sweden. Age 83 years. Friends are invited to attend the services from Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park, 32552 Mission Blvd., Hayward, Monday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m., Rev. Paul Logsdon of First Methodist Church of Hayward officiating. Friends may call at Sorensen Bros. Mortuary, 1140 B Street, Hayward, commencing 4:00 p.m. Saturday until 9:00 p.m. Sunday. Interment: Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park, Hayward. October 19, 1968


The Oakland Tribune, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, December 28, 1968

THORSELL. Mary A. of San Leandro, December 25, 1968. Beloved wife of Norman E. Thorsell; loving mother of Virginia Ann Thorsell and Norma Jean Thorsell, both of San Leandro; loving daughter of Mrs. Blanche B. Smith of Hayward; dear sister of Mrs. Ralphena LaJeure of Hayward, Mrs. Bernice Cover of Bellflower, Mrs. Ruth Whitney of El Monte, Mrs. Norma Jane Smith of Guring, Nebraska, Mrs. Pauline Andrew of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Mrs. Louise Nerud of Minature, Nebraska and Mrs. Luella Lougee of Morrill, Nebraska. A member of American Nurses Association and troop Leader of Girl Scout Troop No. 1353 of San Leandro. A native of Ulysses, Nebraska, age 50 years. Friends are invited to attend the services from Sorensen Bros. Chapel, 1140 'B' Street, Hayward, Monday, December 30th at 11:00 A.M. Rev. Paul Logsden officiating. Friends may call at the mortuary commencing Saturday at Noon. Interment: Chapel of Chimes Memorial Park, Hayward.


The Bulletin, Bend, Deschutes Co., OR, November 16, 2007

Fleeta Mae Thorsell

Oct. 25, 1929 - Nov. 14, 2007

Fleeta Mae Thorsell, of Bend, died Wednesday. She was 78. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Pilot Butte Cemetery. Mrs. Thorsell was born Oct. 25, 1929, in Oswego, Kan., the daughter of Arch and Ollie May (Longnecker) Foster. She married Norman Thorsell in November 1971 in Oakland, Calif. Mrs. Thorsell was a supervisor at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center in California for 40 years. She was a member of the Deschutes County Historical Society. She enjoyed reading and spending time with friends and family. She moved to Bend in 2000.  Survivors include a son, Michael Hunn, of Bend; two daughters, Donna Pieratt, of Bend, and Norma Cheu, of San Jose, Calif.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers. Memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCenter, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701. Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements