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Erik Larsson was born November 29, 1853, in Fröbbestorp, Torsas, Kalmar lan, Småland, Sweden, and died May 28, 1906, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA, at age 52. Buried in Plot Block 20, Lot 3, Grave 4, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. He is the son of Lars Pehrsson of Fröbbestorp, Torsas, Kalmar lan, Småland, Sweden, and Christina Olsdotter of Glosebo, Sweden.

Maria Sophia "Mary" Nilsson/Nelson was born August 6, 1867, in Finland, and died March 10, 1954, in Colusa Memorial Hospital, Colusa, Colusa Co., CA, at age 86. Buried in Plot Block 23, Lot 22, Grave 11, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. She is the daughter of Nils Nilsson "Nels Nelson" of Finland and Sophia Unknown of Finland. Miss Edith Marie Nelson lived in Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, in 1932.

Erick Larsson (age 33) and Mary Sophia Nelson (age 20) were married September 10, 1887, in Yolo Co., CA, near Dixon, Solano Co., CA.

Erick Larsson and Mary Sophia (Nelson) Larsson had five children:

  1. Clarence Oscar Larson: Born July 30, 1888, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA; Died December 4, 1967, in the City of Woodland, Yolo Co., CA (age 79). Buried in Plot Block 22, Lot 35, Grave 4, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. Married June 29, 1915, in Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, to Georgia Emily Ruhmann: Born June 21, 1892, in Shiner Twp., Lavaca Co., TX; Died July 3, 1969, in Yolo  General Hospital, City of Woodland, Yolo Co., CA (age 77). Buried in Plot Block 22, Lot 35, Grave 3, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.
  2. Nels Abraham Larson: Born April 17, 1890, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA; Died June 6, 1901, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA (age 11).
  3. Myron Emerich Larson: Born October 21,1891, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA; Died June 6, 1901, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA (age 9).
  4. Carl Edward Larson: Born June 7, 1894, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA; Died April 21, 1935, in Yolo County Hospital, West of Woodland, Yolo Co., CA (age 40). Buried in Plot Block 20, Lot 3, Grave 3, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. Married September 29, 1917, in California to Louise Minnie Nichols: Born February 14, 1901, in California; Died February 23, 1993, in Orange Co., CA (age 92).
  5. Henry Thaddeus Larson: Born August 6, 1896, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA; Died April 6, 1950, in Napa State Hospital, near Imola, Napa Co., CA (age 53). Buried in Plot Block 20, Lot 3, Grave 5, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. Married June 12, 1932, in Merced Co., CA, to Ruby Frances Handley: Born August 22, 1917, in Topeka, KS; Died May 15, 1992, in Kelso, Cowlitz Co., WA (age 74). Divorced about 19

After Erick Larsson died, Mary Sophia (Nelson) Larsson married Harvey Davis Stewart.

Harvey Davis Stewart was born January 3, 1863, in Armagh Borough, Indiana Co., PA, and died May 29, 1941, in Yolo Co., CA, at age 78. Buried in Plot Block 23, Lot 22, Grave 11/12, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. He is the son of Kennedy B. Stewart of Pennsylvania, and Lucinda Clarke of Pennsylvania.

Harvey Davis Stewart and Mary Sophia (Nelson) Larsson were married Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock, November 17, 1909, in the parsonage of the Congregational church, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.

Harvey Davis Stewart and Mary Sophia (Nelson) (Larsson) Stewart had two children:

  1. Hazel Mary Stewart: Born November 8, 1910, in Woodland, Yolo Co., CA; Died August 25, 1911, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA (age Infant). Buried in Plot Block 23, Lot 22, Grave 11, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.
  2. Clarke H. "Clyde" Stewart: Born May 22, 1912, in Woodland, Yolo Co., CA; Died March 4, 1957, in Colusa Memorial Hospital, Colusa, Colusa Co., CA (age 44). Married to Unknown: Born Unknown; Died after 1957 in Unknown.



TIMELINE


While waiting for the oldest son of Petter Larsson (Lars Pehrsson), Sven and Gertrud (Petter's widow) owned the farm. But when Lars Pehrsson became an adult, he took over the farm and Sven and Gertrud moved away from Fröbbestorp. In 1832 Lars Pehrsson married Christina Olsdotter and the year later their daughter Ingrid was born. Lars and Christina had eight children. In 1856 Christina Olsdotter died, and Lars Pehrsson, now 50 years old, married Maria Månsdotter, age 35. Lars and Maria had four children. The last child, Ingrid Larsdotter, was Per Carlzon’s great-grandmother. When Lars and Maria in the 1870's became too old to work the farm, Lars' son Magnus Larsson (who had been away for some years) returned home to take over the farm. It was a turbulent time in the family. Many of the children moved away from home, as far as the USA. Ingrid, Peter and Andreas had already started their own families. Peter Larsson, who had studied, took the name Fröberg and worked in the Swedish Navy. Andreas Larsson owned a farm not far from Fröbbestorp. Abraham Larsson might have committed suicide in 1871. Gustaf Larsson seems to have immigrated to US in 1872 together with Olaus Larsson. But before immigrating Olaus Larsson worked as a sailor in the Swedish navy. The next year, late 1873, Erik Larsson came to USA, and in 1879 the youngest brother Sven Larsson traveled to California, USA. But he didn't stay for long. He returned home to Sweden in 1880 and got married, settled down and worked as a farmer. But for some reason he didn't stay long in Sweden, either. With wife and two children he went back to the USA around 1887, and finally settled down in Miles City, MT where he worked at the railway. This was probably one reason why Karl Svensson also settled down in Miles City, where he also worked at the railway.


Nils Nilsson "Nels Nelson" was born June 4, 1847, in Finland.

Erik Larsson was born November 29, 1853, in Fröbbestorp, Torsas, Kalmar lan, Småland, Sweden.

Harvey Davis Stewart was born January 3, 1863, in Armagh Borough, Indiana Co., PA

Mary Sophia Nelson was born August 6, 1867, in Finland.

Erik emigrated to the U. S. A. in October 1873. He later became known as Erick Larsson. Erik was a sailor in Sweden, and moved to California about 1873. Erik and family were living in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co, CA by September 14, 1893. In 1900 he was still living in Woodland Township, Yolo Co., CA. Erik died in California on May 28, 1906 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery.


Olaus, Gustav and Erik Larsson, Marquette, MI, about October, 1873


The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 12, 1880, shows Erick Larsen (age 28) born in Sweden to Swedish parents is an unmarried Seaman lodging on Berry Street, District 101, Ward 9, City of San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA.

Mary came to Woodland with her father in 1885.

Erick Larsson and Mary Sophia Nelson were married September 10, 1887, in Yolo Co., CA, near Dixon, Solano Co., CA.

The 1888 Yolo County, CA, Voter Register List shows Erick Larsson (age 34) born in Sweden is a Teamster and is living in Precinct No. 1. He became a Naturalized Citizen on June 27, 1890, in Yolo Co., CA. Superior Court, as Registered on May 5, 1888.

The 1892 Yolo County, CA, Voter Register List shows Erick Larsson (age 38) born in Sweden is a Teamster and is living in East Woodland Pct., Woodland Post Office, Woodland Post Office. He is 5'-6" Tall, with Light Hair, Blue Eyes and Blonde Complexion. He became a Naturalized Citizen on June 27, 1890, in Yolo Co., CAperior Court, as Sworn on August 22, 1892.

The 1896 Yolo County, CA, Voter Register List shows Erick Larsson (age 42) born in Sweden is a Laborer and with a Woodland Post Office. He is 5'-7" Tall, with Brown Hair, Blue Eyes and Light Complexion. He became a Naturalized Citizen on June 27, 1890, in Yolo Co., CA, as Registered on May 18, 1896.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 6, 1900 shows Erick Larson (age 46) born November 1853 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated from Sweden in 1873 and a naturalized citizen is a Day Laborer living in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA. Living with him is his wife of twelve years, Mary S. Larson (age 45) born August 1867 in Finland to Finnish-born parents and having emigrated from Finland in 1886, with all five of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his five sons, all born in California to Swedish and Finnish-born parents: Clarence O. Larson (age 11) born July 1888; Nels A. Larson (age 10) born April 1890; Myron E. Larson (age 8) born October 1891; Carl E. Larson (age 5) born June 1894; and Henry T. Larson (age 3) born August 1896.

Nels Abraham Larsson and Myron Emerich Larsson died June 6, 1901, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA.


WOODLAND DAILY NEWS, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Friday Evening, June 7, 1901

DROWNED IN A POND

Untimely Deaths of Nels A. and Myron E. Larsson.

The Awful Tragedy Has Pained and Shocked the Community.

Out on Cleveland street, a short distance from Agricultural Park, is a neat little cottage in which Eric Larsson and his wife and children have lived for many years. It is the home in which all the children of the Larsson family were born. It is a cheerless and sorrow stricken home today, for over it rest the gloom and shadow of a great sorrow - the greatest that has ever fallen upon the Larsson family. Two sons whose bodies but yesterday were pulsating with all the life, energy and enthusiasm of youth and health are today cold and voiceless in death. The sudden awful and unexpected summons has overwhelmed the heartbroken parents with an anguish that can hardly be understood by those who have never experienced such a shock, and the entire community is appalled and deeply sympathetic. Nels A. aged 11 years, 1 month and 19 days, and Myron E., aged 9 years, 7 months and 16 days, lost their lives in a pond of water formed in what is now known as "the sandpit", on the Reynolds farm, opposite the Mossmayer slaughterhouse, and a short distance from agricultural Park. The pond of water covers a surface of probably forty square yards. It is shallow except in one small place, where the water is probably six feet deep. It appears that the Larsson boys, unknown to their parents, have been in the habit, since the warm season began, of bathing in this pond. On this fateful Thursday their parents last saw them alive shortly before noon. About 12 o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Larsson drove into Woodland to do some trading. When they returned to their home about half past one o'clock the two boys were missing, but the circumstance gave them no concern at the time. Mr. Larsson and his oldest son, Clarence A., had an appointment to drive out to the Hannagin farm, on the creek, with George Knox, so they ate their dinner without waiting for the boys to return, and shortly afterward left home. They did not return until about 10 o'clock Thursday night, and after both bodies had been recovered. Until that hour they had not received any intimation of the awful accidents. Mrs. Larsson kept dinner on the table for the boys, but as they did not return in a reasonable time she became apprehensive that something had happened to them. William Summ and family were her nearest neighbors and to them she hastened for information. In the meantime an employee of Mr. Burnam's, whose name we have not learned, informed Mr. Burnam that there was some clothing on the bank of the pond and nobody in sight. Mr. Burnam communicated this information to Mr. Summ a few minutes prior to the arrival of Mrs. Larsson. When told of this discovery the distressed mother was almost overwhelmed with apprehension. She went to the pond and readily recognized the clothing as that of her son, Nels A. Floating on the pond was an improvised raft, made by nailing some boards to two fence posts. Mr. Burnham took Mrs. Larsson to her home, after which he, his hired man and Mr. Summ began to explore the pond in search of the body. As none of the gentlemen can swim they labored under considerable difficulty. Russ Strong, who was working in the Mossmayer hayfield near by, was called over to assist in the search. A number of men from the racetrack soon joined the party. Mr. Strong divested himself of his clothing and with the aid of the raft began an examination of the bottom of the pond. After a long search he located a body at a point where the water was deepest. Before attempting to recover it he took the precaution to tie one end of a rope around his body, leaving the other end in the hands of the watchers on the bank. This was deemed necessary to prevent the possibility of miring in the mud. Mr. Strong then dived for the body. On the first attempt he failed to bring it to the surface. On the second attempt he was successful. The body was entirely nude. It was removed as soon as possible to the home of the family. Until a late hour the theory was that Myron had witnessed the drowning of his brother and the tragic incident so frightened him that he ran away and was in hiding. This theory was strengthened by the fact that his clothing could not be found. About 7 o'clock Wallace Hester, John Boyle and Leo Slavely visited the sandpit with a view of making an investigation and also a search for the missing boy. Mr. Boyle and Mr. Slavely crossed the road to the Mossmayer hay barn and made a thorough search of the premises. During their absence Mr. Hester got on the improvised raft and propelled it over the pond, feeling the bottom as best he could with a pole. In the middle of the pond, and very near the spot where Mr. Strong found the body of Nels, Mr. Hester found what he believed to be the body of Myron. Messrs. Boyle and Slavely soon joined him and they made an unsuccessful effort to bring the body to the bank. Several times they succeeded in moving it a few feet, but every time it slipped back into the middle of the pond. Messrs. Dillard, and John Read, Peter Calder and others joined the searchers. William Gregg drove to town and procured a rake from the brewery, and with this implement the body was finally recovered about 9 o'clock. As the body of Nels A. was nude while that of his younger brother was clothed, it is a plausible theory that Myron E. was riding on the raft; that he fell from it and was so frightened that he lost his head when his brother went to his rescue and grasped him in a manner that prevented him from swimming, and in the struggle both were drowned. However, there are other theories equally plausible, and public opinion will probably always be divided as to how the drowning occurred. There is probably nothing in the rumor that a boy witnessed the drowning and was seen running  away from the pond. Reese, the 11-year old son of Peter Calder, was with the boys when they left home, but he parted company with them at Summ's corner and returned to his home. It is probable therefore that the story of the third boy is all a myth, and that there was no witness to the struggle the unfortunate lads made for their lives. At 11 o'clock this morning Coroner Bean summoned the following jury: T. P. Magee, Morris Riordan, W. I. Johnson, James Back, James Perry and Clifton Rogers. Ike Swisher, an employee at the race track, was the first witness. He narrated the circumstances of the finding of the body of Nels Larsson. Wallace Hester and John Boyle testified as to the finding of the body of Myron Larsson. The jury brought in a verdict of accidental drowning. The funeral services will be held at the family residence Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in the city cemetery.


Nels Nelson died Monday, April 11, 1904, in Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, at age 58 Years, 11 Months and 24 Days. Buried in Plot Block 20, Lot 3, Grave 8, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.


   

Nels Nelson Death Records.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Monday, April 11, 1904

NELS NELSON DEAD

Nels Nelson died in Woodland today, after a long illness. He will be buried from D. O. Bean's undertaking parlors on Tuesday,  April 12th, at 3 p. m. Deceased led a seafaring existence during a greater portion of his life, but for 8 years he had been employed in the Briggs vinyard, south of Woodland. During that time he acquired a wide acquaintance and all who knew him regarded him as an honest and industrious man. He was the father of Mrs. Mary S. Larson and Miss Edith Nelson, of Woodland, and of Edward Nelson, of Oakland. Leigh Larson note: Nels Nelson died from cancer. He was born about 1846, and was 58 years old.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Wednesday, April 13, 1904

LATE N. NELSON'S FUNERAL.

The funeral of the late Nels Nelson was held from D. O. Bean & Son's undertaking parlors late Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Mangold, of the German church, officiated. A choir consisting of Joel Wright, Mrs. Gregg, and Miss Jennie Gibson rendered appropriate hymns. The pallbearers were Thomas Thames, Charles Euler, Charles Groh, Henry McNeill, Andrew Kramer and Ralph Myrick.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Friday, August 25, 1905

A regular meeting of Woodland Rebekah Lodge No. 249, I. O. O. F., was held Thursday evening, at which Miss Edith Nelson was initiated into the order.


Erik Larsson died May 28, 1906, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA, at age 52.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Tuesday, May 29, 1906

OLD RESIDENT DEAD

The Passing of Erick Larsson Monday Evening.

At the family residence near the race track Monday evening about 10 minutes to 7 o'clock, Erick Larsson breathed his last. His death was not unexpected for he had been afflicted with pulmonary troubles for a number of years, and during the last few weeks his decline was so marked that death at any time would have caused no surprise. Deceased was a native of Sweden, and 53 years of age. He came to the United States when quite young, and to California about 25 years ago. He had been a resident of Yolo county nearly ever since. For some time he was employed in the flour mill for about fourteen years he was employed by Henry McNeill. Last August failing health compelled him to quit work. About 19 years ago he was married to Miss Mary Nelson, near Dixon. To them five sons have been born. Two of them were drowned about five years ago. The oldest surviving son is about 15 years of age. Deceased was a quiet and unobtrusive man, had a wide acquaintance and was well liked by all who knew him. He was devoted to his family and his wife and sons have the deepest sympathy of this community. The funeral will be held from the family residence at 2 o'clock on Wednesday. Rev. J. A. Pettit will officiate. Interment will be in the city cemetery. Leigh Larson note: Dixon, Solano Co., CA, is almost directly south of Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. Both communities are located on a railroad line, and are about 18 miles apart.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Thursday, May 31, 1906

Funeral Services.

The Late Erick Larsson and Michael Roob Laid to Rest.

The funeral of the late Erick Larsson was held from the family residence at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. J. A. Petit officiated. Song service was rendered by a choir consisting of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Wright, Miss Leta Rogers and W. A. Robertson. The pallbearers were P. S. Snavely, C. T. Bidwell, J. G. Wright, W. A. Robertson, George Kinkle and J. Storz. There was a large attendance, both at the residence and the cemetery and there were many floral offerings.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Tuesday, July 17, 1906

Miss Edith Nelson left for Seattle today to visit with a brother.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Friday, November 16, 1906

COURTHOUSE NEWS

Mary Sophia Larson has filed her final account and petition for distribution, as administratrix of the estate of Erick Larson, deceased. The account shows receipts amounting to $2207.04 and expenditures amounting to $495.40, leaving a balance of $1716.64.


After Erick Larsson's death, Mary Sophia (Nelson) Larsson married Harvey D. Stewart.

Harvey Davis Stewart and Mary Sophia (Nelson) Larsson were married Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock, November 17, 1909, in the parsonage of the Congregational church, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Thursday, November 18, 1909

STEWART - LARSEN

Harvey Davis Stewart and Mrs. Mary Larsen were married Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock in the parsonage of the Congregational church by Rev. G. A. Charnock, pastor of the church. The wedding was a quiet affair, witnessed only by relatives of the parties and the pastor's family. Mr. Stewart is a dairyman residing near this city. He was formerly connected with the Crystal Creamery in this city and made many friends while in charge of that institution. The bride is also well and favorably known in this community, where she has resided for many years. The newly married couple will reside on the groom's farm, near this city.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken May 6, 1910, shows Harvey D. Stewart (age 45) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents and married once is a Farmer owning his own farm free of a mortgage and living in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA. Living with him is his wife of one year, Mary S. Stewart (age 42) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and married twice, with all 3 of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his two unmarried stepsons, both born in California to Swedish-born parents: Clarence Stewart (age 21) a House Carpenter; and Henry Stewart (age 14). Also living there is Clarence's unmarried sister, Clara Stewart (age 50) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, who is not working. Leigh Larson note: It shows that Mary had three children, and all were living (she really by then had five, of which three were living). Some of the Mary S. data is obviously incorrect, suggesting that someone other than Mary provided the census information, since she was from Finland, not Sweden.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken April 23, 1910, shows Michael P. Leary (age 32) born in Michigan to English Canadian-born parents, and in his first marriage, is a married Druggist of Retail Drugs, and who rents, his home, and is living at 731 North Broadway, 7th Ward, City of Seattle, King Co., WA. Living with him are: his wife  of 6 years, Marion Leary (age 33), born in California to New York and Massachusetts-born parents, and in her first marriage, and with all 3 of the children born to her still alive; his daughter, Dorothy Leary (age 5), born in Washington to Michigan and California-born parents; his daughter, Grace Leary (age 4), born in Washington to Michigan and California-born parents; his daughter, Agness V. Leary (age 10/12), born in Washington to Michigan and California-born parents; his widowed mother-in-law, Harriet Forrest (age 59), born in Massachusetts to Massachusetts and England-born parents, with the only child born to her still alive; and Massachusetts; and an unmarried Servant, Edith Nelson (age 28) born in Finland to Finland-born parents,  and having immigrated in 1902, a Domestic for a Private Family.

Hazel Mary Stewart died August 26, 1911, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA, at age Infant.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, August 28, 1911

BABY STEWART'S FUNERAL

The funeral of baby Hazel Stewart was held Sunday at 2 p. m. from the family residence on Cemetery avenue. Rev. C. M. Streeter conducted the services and was assisted by a choir consisting of Miss Mabel Griffes and Mrs. Carl Nichols. There was a large attendance, both at the home and at the cemetery, where the grave was marked with numerous beautiful floral offerings. The pallbearers were Kennedy Stewart, Ferdinand Stewart, Phillip Stewart and Henry Larson.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 26, 1920, shows Harvey D. Stewart (age 57) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents is a Farmer owning his own farm free of a mortgage and living in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA. Living with him is his wife, Mary S. Stewart (age 52) born in Finland to Finnish-born parents and having emigrated from Finland in 1886 and naturalized in 1909. Also living there is his son, Clark Stewart (age 7) born in California to Pennsylvania and Finnish-born parents. Also living there are his two unmarried stepsons, both California to Swedish and Finnish-born parents: Carl Larson (age 25) a Farm Laborer; and Henry Larson (age 23) a Farm Laborer.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Monday, September 12, 1921

The last house and lot owned by Mrs. Sophia Stewart on North street was sold to Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Linnell of Knights Landing. The Linnells will move to Woodland that they might take advantage of our unexceled schooling facilities for their children.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 2, 1930, shows Harvey D. Stewart (age 67) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents and first married at age 45 is Retired and living in his own home on Court Street, City of Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. Living with him was his wife, Mary S. Stewart (age 63) born in Finland to Finnish-born parents, having emigrated from Finland in 1885 with Pa naturalization, and first married at age 20. Also living in the house is his son, Clarke H. Stewart (age 17) born in California to Pennsylvania and Finnish-born parents. Also living there are Harvey's two sisters, both born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents: Clara G. Stewart (age 79) unmarried, and Bertha A. Carlisle (age 61) a widowed Nurse first married at age 30.

Clarke Stewart was part of the June, 1931, graduating class of Woodland High School.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Thursday, May 24, 1934

Clarke Stewart Given Party on Birthday

A group of friends gathered at the ranch home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Stewart Tuesday to celebrate the 22nd birthday of the Stewarts son, Clarke. Cards and games were played and a delicious supper was served. The dining room and table were attractively decorated in green and pink. The guests departed at a late hour after a most enjoyable evening. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Stewart and son, Clarke, Mrs. Sophia Stewart, Fred Stewart, Mrs. Bertha Stewart Carlisle, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Elza Abshire, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Larson, Mrs. Ida Willis and daughter, Betty, Mr. and Mrs. Hemmingway, Mrs. Pearson and son, Doyle, Mr. and Mrs. Bachand and Mrs. Violet Valguards.


Edith Maria/Marie Nilsson/Nelson Citizenship Admission, October 13, 1939.


Edith Maria/Marie Nilsson/Nelson Citizenship Admission Record.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 3, 1940 shows Clarence Larson (age 51) born in California, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School, is a married Carpenter Foreman of Home Construction, who owns his home worth $2,000 and is living at 515 North, City of Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. Living with him are: his wife, Gorgie E. Larson (age 48) born in Texas, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School; and his married brother, Henry Larson (age 42) born in California, and 5 years ago was living in Merced Co., CA, and with 8 years of School.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 13, 1940 shows Harvey Stewart (age 77) born in Pennsylvania, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School, is a married with no occupation, who owns his home worth $2,000 and is living in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA. Living with him are: his wife, Mary Stewart (age 72) born in Finland, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School; and his unmarried son, Clarke H. Stewart (age 27) born in California, and 5 years ago was living in Merced Co., CA, and with 4 years of High School, a Dairy Farmer on a Dairy Farm.

Harvey Davis Stewart died May 29, 1941, in Yolo Co., CA, at age 78. Buried in Plot Block 23, Lot 22, Grave 11/12, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.

Mary Sophia (Nelson) (Larsson) Stewart died March 10, 1954, in Colusa Memorial Hospital, Colusa, Colusa Co., CA, at age 86. Buried in Plot Block 23, Lot 22, Grave 11, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.


The Sacrament Bee, Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA, Friday, March 12, 1954

California Vital Statistics

STEWART - In Colusa, Colusa County, March 10, 1954, Mary Stewart, mother of Clyde of Colusa and Clarence O. Larson of Woodland, Yolo County; a native of Finland, aged 86 years. Funeral services will be held tomorrow in Woodland.


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE ERICK LARSSON FAMILY

Originally prepared by Maurine N. Mackie, California

Erick Larsson was born in Frobbestorp Sweden November, 1853. He came to the United States as a young boy and ended up in California about 1881. He married Mary Sophia Nelson of Finland on September 10, 1887. Mary's father, Nels Nelson, was a widower and traveled to the United States with his three children, Mary Sophia, Edith, and Edward. He was a laborer. At the time Erick Larsson married Mary Sophia he was about 35 years old. Mary Sophia was about 21 years of age. Mary's father was around 41 years old. I think Erick and Nels were friends and Erick met his future wife through his future father-in-law. 

Their first son, Clarence Oscar Larsson was born July 30, 1888. Two years later on April 17, 1890 their second son Nels A. Larsson was born. Myron Edward Larsson was born a year later on October 21, 1891. Three years later on June 7, 1894, Carl E. Larsson was born. On August 6, 1896, Henry Thaddeus Larsson was born. January, 1900, Erick Larsson was on the 1900 Census with his wife, Mary Sophia and his 5 sons in the Woodland Township. 

On June 6, 1901, around 12:00, Erick and his wife Sophia drove into Woodland to do some trading. When they returned to their home about 1:30, two of their sons Nels and Myron were not at home. Erick and his oldest son Clarence had an appointment to drive out to the Hennagin farm on the creek to meet with George Knox, so they ate their dinner without waiting for the boys to return. Erick and Clarence did not return until about 10:00 P.M. that night. Sophia kept dinner on the table for the boys, but when they didn't return in a reasonable time she became apprehensive that something had happened to them. She went to her nearest neighbor, William Summ to see if he knew where the boys were. In the meantime an employee of Mr. Burnham informed Mr. Burnham that there were some clothing on the bank of the pond and nobody was in sight. Mr. Burnham told Mr. Summ about this just prior to Sophia's arrival. When Mr. Summ told Sophia, she went to the pond and recognized the clothing as that of her son Nels. There was a homemade raft floating on the pond. Sophia was taken home and Mr. Summ and his hired man began to explore the pond in search of the body. The pond of water covered a surface of probably 40 square yards. It was shallow except in one small place where the water was probably six feet deep. After several attempts, (none of the men could swim) Russ Strong was able to discover the nude body of Nets and retrieve it. The body of Nets was taken home as soon as possible. The other boy, Myron, could not be found. The theory was that Myron had witnessed the drowning of his brother and the tragic incident so frightened him that he ran away and was in hiding. About 7:00 that night, several men went back to the pond and did another search. Near the spot they found Nels, they discovered the body of Myron, Myron was fully clothed. There were no witnesses, but the theory is that because the body of Nels was nude while that of his younger brother was clothed, it is plausible that Myron was riding on the raft; that he fell from it and was so frightened that he lost his head. When his brother went to his rescue, they struggled and both drowned. The funeral was held June 8th at the family home on Cleveland Street. After the services, the two coffins were taken to the cemetery in one hearse and lowered into one grave, which was divided into two compartments by cloth. I found the hand written statement of Erick Larsson when he had to identify the two boys. (Appendix A)

On April 19, 1904, Mary's father Nels Nelson died at the age of 58. He was buried in the family plot just east of Nels and Myron. He died of cancer.

Erick Larsson was the next tragedy in the family. He died at the age of 53 on May 28, 1906. He had provided well for his family. At the time of his death he owned 11 parcels of land, 1 share of stock in the Woodland Rochdale Company, 1 cow, 1 horse, 1 vehicle and harness, household furniture, and 1/2 of lot number 3 in block number 20 in the Woodland Cemetery. He died of Rheumatism. The Daily Democrat stated: The Deceased was a quiet and unobtrusive man, had a wide acquaintance and was well liked by all who knew him. He was devoted to his family.

In 1910, Mary Sophia was married to Harvey H. Stewart. She was 42 and Harvey was about 47. By this time, the eleven parcels of land that Erick Larsson had owned had been sold. Records show that around this time Erick's son Clarence purchased 10 parcels across the street from his father's property. Mary and her new husband moved to another home on Cemetery Street. 

On November 8, 1910, Mary and her husband Harvey H. Stewart had a daughter they named Hazel Mary Stewart. This newfound happiness didn't last very long. On August 26, 1911 the headlines in the Daily Democrat read "BABY HAZEL STEWART DIES FROM EFFECTS OF BURNS". The article stated that: Mrs. Stewart was busy preparing supper and also had the making of jelly and yeast under way. She placed a crock of hot water, which she was to use in fixing potatoes for the evening meal, on a table near which baby Hazel was seated in a high chair. The little fingers instantly reached for the crock, and the mother, cognizant of the danger, pushed it beyond what she thought was the limit of the baby's touch, and resumed duties in another part of the room. Soon a crash and an agonized scream broke on the mother's ear. Wheeling around she beheld the scalding water pouring over the child. The mother's cries brought the father to the house, and the little sufferer was stripped, the burnt flesh peeling off with her garments. Pending the arrival of Dr. Beebe, who was hastily summoned, household remedies were applied, but on the tender little body the wounds were too deep for applications to be of much avail. The practiced eye of the physician saw that the most that could be done was to soothe pain. Anesthetics were given in addition to lotions, but in a little more than an hour the child had dropped into a dreamless sleep to wake no more. Her headstone reads "Asleep with Jesus". Her parents are buried on each side of her headstone.

On May 22, 1912, Mary and Harvey H. Stewart had a son they named Clarke H. Stewart.

On June 29, 1915, Mary and Erick's oldest son Clarence Oscar Larsson married Georgia Emily Ruhmann. The next year on May 13, 1916 they had a baby girl they named Pearl Marie Larsson. 

On September 29, 1917, Mary and Erick's fourth son, Carl Edward Larsson married Minnie Nichols. His obituary stated that Carl Edward was a World War Vet. A picture I found dated June 6, 1918 verified that. It was a picture of Carl Edward Larsson sitting on the Court House steps with a group of men. They were going to boot camp. 

On August 10, 1919, Pearl Marie Larsson, daughter of Clarence Oscar Larson and Georgia Emily Ruhmann, died in San Francisco in the Children's Hospital of Meningitis. She had been at the hospital for 3 days before she died. I found her headstone in the Woodland Cemetery at the foot of her parent's grave. Her funeral was held at the family home at 204 Clover Street and was private.


WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, Saturday, November 17, 1934

Harvey Stewarts Celebrate 25th Wedding Anniversary

The 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Stewart was celebrated Friday evening at their home for a group of friends. Featuring the evening was the "re-marriage" of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart with the wedding party attired in costumes of 25 years ago. Mrs. Al McDonald acted as the minister, Mrs. Bertha Carlisle was bridesmaid and Mrs. Felix Rachand was best man. Pedro was played before the "wedding ceremony" and later the guests were seated at a table prettily decorated with a silver centerpiece surrounded with fall fruits and leaves for refreshments. Red berries and chrysanthemums were used in decorating the rooms of the home. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Anderson of Knights Landing, Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Larson, Mr. and Mrs. Al McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Felix Bachand, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Slaven, Mr. and Mrs. John ODonnell, Mr. and Mrs. Elza Abshire, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Hemenway, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Persson, Mr. and Mrs. Al Larson, Mrs. Bertha Carlisle, Mrs. Jane Meade, Mrs. Ida Willis, Mrs. Louella Cook, Mrs. Mary Persson, Clark Stewart, Carl Larson, Lloyd Betty, Alonza Hall and Alfred Dart and Mr. and Mrs. Stewart.


On April 21, 1935, Carl E. Larson died at the age of 41. He was listed as single in his death certificate and there was no mention of Minnie Nichols who he married in 1917. His cause of death was listed as Bronchi-pneumonia. The American Legion conducted the services because he was a World War Veteran.

On May 29, 1941, Harvey D. Stewart was working in a field when he collapsed. He died at 6 PM at his home on West Street (previously named Cemetery Street) near Race Track Road. Until stricken ill, he had been in good health. He was a native of Pennsylvania and had lived in Yolo County for 38 years. He was 73 when he died. He and Mary had been married for about 31 years.

On April 6, 1950, Henry T. Larson, Erick and Mary's fifth son, died at the age of 54. He died at the Napa State Hospital of Acute Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis. Other conditions were Dementia Praecox-paranoid and Coronary sclerosis. I don't think his mother was there for him as he was growing up. He was only 5 when his two brothers drowned and there was no time for his mother to heal. Henry was about 10 years old when he lost his father, and he was about 15 years old when he lost his half sister Hazel Mary. There is a spouse on the death certificate listed only as Mrs. Henry T. Larson, but I have not been able to find her. There are also two sons listed: Robert Larson who was 16 1/2 and lived in Merced. Another son age 15 is not listed by name. 

On March 10, 1954, Mary Sophia Nelson Larsson Stewart died. After the death of her second husband Harvey, she lived with her two sons. She lived with her oldest son Clarence Oscar Larson in Woodland. At the time of her death she was living with her youngest son Clarke H. Stewart in Colusa, California. Her cause of death was Hepatitis with emaciation and jaundice due to either bile stones or abdominal malignancy per the death certificate. On March 4, 1957, Clarke H. Stewart (Mary and Harvey Stewart's only son) died in Colusa, California at the age of 44. He was well off, but he squandered his money and married a couple of wild women from San Francisco. He died broke and without children. His mother lived with him for 3 years before she died. Clarke ran a restaurant called "Stewarts Cafe" in Colusa. He lived in Colusa for 10 years per the death certificate. Cause of death was not listed. The newspaper listed survivors as his wife (no name) and his half brother, Clarence Oscar Larson of Woodland. 

On December 4, 1967, Clarence Oscar Larson died. Clarence was a carpenter and belonged to the Carpenters Union Local 1381. At the time of his death, he had sold the 10 parcels of land he owned and was living in a home at 515 North Street. The current owner of this house is currently restoring the home and also belongs to the same union as Clarence did. Clarence died of congestive heart failure due to atherosclerotic heart disease and chronic alcoholism.

On July 3, 1969, Clarence's wife, Georgia E. Larson, died. She was 77. She came from Shiner, Texas, and was a homemaker for 50 years. She lived in California and in Yolo County for 52 years. She was survived by 5 sisters.


   

   

Woodland, CA, Cemetery, Left: Myron and Nels; Center: Carl; Right: Henry


Modern picture of the building in Woodland where Erik was a part owner in the early 1900s.


Miss Edith Marie Nelson was a registered voter in Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, in 1932.