Sven Larsson Freeberg


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Sven Peter Larsson "Swan" Freeberg was born January 24, 1861, in Fröbbestorp, Torsas, Kalmar lan, Småland, Sweden, and died January 31, 1924, in the Oak Forest Infirmary, Oak Forest, Bremen Twp., Cook Co., IL, at age 62. Buried February 5, 1924, in Tinley Park Memorial Cemetery, Tinley Park, Bremer Twp., Cook Co., IL. He was listed as "Single." He is the son of Lars Pehrsson of Fröbbestorp, Torsas, Kalmar lan, Småland, Sweden, and Maria Månsdotter of Stuvehyltan, Sweden. Sven changed his name to Sven Larson Freeberg sometime after coming to the U.S.A. His nickname was Swan.

Hilda Sofia Karlsdotter/Nicklauson/Carlson was born May 28, 1863, in Vissefjärda, Kalmar Lan, Småland, Sweden, and died April 7, 1933, in Miles City, Custer Co., MT, at age 69. Buried in Custer County Cemetery, Miles City, Custer Co., MT. She is the daughter of Unknown.

Sven Larsson "Swan" Freeberg and Hilda Sofia Karlsdotter were married about October 30, 1881, in Sweden.

Custer County Cemetery (a.k.a. Miles City Cemetery, a.k.a. Maple Tree Cemetery), 462321N   1054935W Cemetery Road, Miles City, Custer Co., MT, Sexton: Wayne Lathrop, 415 S. Center Miles City, MT  59301

Located on Cemetery Road, south of Miles City and I-94. This is the primary burial location for Custer County. Contains a veterans section, many association sections, and a newly-discovered section of early plots (approx 100) which are now unmarked. In the early 1900s this cemetery was often referred to as Maple Tree Cemetery.

Sven Larsson "Swan" Freeberg and Hilda Sofia (Karlsdotter) Freeberg had seven children:

  1. Alma Kristina Larsson: Born September 25, 1882, in Gullabo, Sweden; Died July 7, 1948, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 65). Buried in Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, King Co., WA. Married August 6, 1910, at the M. E. Church, Seattle, King Co., WA, to Carl E. Johnson: Born June 10, 1871, in Swano, Sweden; Died March 11, 1941, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 69). Buried in Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, King Co., WA.
  2. Carl Oscar Larsson: Born April 25, 1884, in Klattorp, Vissefjärda, Kalmar Lan, Småland, Sweden; Died November 30, 1959, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 75). Buried in Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, King Co., WA. Married 1919 to Carolina "Caroline" Holmoy/Holmes: Born May 21, 1885, in Halmoiel, Norway; Died May 6, 1974, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 88). Buried in Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, King Co., WA.
  3. Albert Larsedus Larsson: Born October 5, 1886, in Klattorp, Vissefjärda, Kalmar Lan, Småland, Sweden; Died October 11, 1975, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT (age 89). Buried in Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, King Co., WA. Married September 8, 1909, in Livingston, Park Co., MT, to Florence Blanche Orman: Born January 27, 1886, in Madelia, Ramsey Co., MN; Died April 28, 1969, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT (age 83). Buried in Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, King Co., WA.
  4. Joseph Emanuel Freeberg: Born June 9, 1895, in Pompeys Pillar, Yellowstone Co., MT; Died March 25, 1944, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 48). Married May 2, 1917, in Miles City, Custer Co., MT, to Francis Gertrude "Florence" Schliesman: Born September 27, 1893, in Cambria, Columbia Co., WI; Died January 15, 1970, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 76).
  5. Leana Maria Freeberg: Born February 25, 1898, in Rosebud Co., MT; Died December 12, 1918, in Cody, Park Co., WY (age 20). Miles City Cemetery, Miles City, Custer Co., MT. Married February 14, 1917, in Miles City, Custer Co., MT, to Emil Helge "Edward/ Ed" Bohlin: Born May 12, 1895, in Vintrosa Parish, Örebro Co., in the middle of Sweden; Died May 28, 1980, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA (age 85). Buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles Co., CA. 
  6. Gladys Emilia Freeberg: Born June 16, 1900, in Duluth, St. Louis Co., MN; Died February 17, 1979, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 78). Buried February 23, 1979, in Holyrood Catholic Cemetery, Shoreline, King Co., WA. Married July 27, 1925, in Miles City, Custer Co., MT, to Charles Patrick Cain: Born August 4, 1892, in Clontarf, Swift Co., MN; Died May 24, 1958, in Fresno, Fresno Co., CA (age 65). Buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.
  7. Alvin Valdemar Freeberg: Born August 23, 1903, in Miles City, Custer Co., MT; Died July 21, 1974, in Oak Forest Hospital, Bremen Twp., Cook Co., IL (age 70). Never married.



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Hilda Sofia (Karlsdotter) Freeberg is buried next to her daughter Leana in Miles City Cemetery, Miles City, Custer Co., MT. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making the grave image available.


Sven Larsson "Swan" Freeberg was born January 24, 1861, in Fröbbestorp, Torsas, Kalmar lan, Småland, Sweden.

Hilda Sofia Karlsdotter was born May 28, 1863, in Vissefjerda, Kalmar Lan, Smaland, Sweden.


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.


The Swedish Emigration Record shows S. Larsson, born about 1861, departed from Göteborg on October 17, 1879, with a destination of Wallpaco. Place of origin was Hasselfors, Orebro Lan, Sverige.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 21, 1880, shows Gustave Lewis (age 32) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents is a Carpenter living in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Julia Lewis (age 22) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents. Living at home are their two children: Albert Lewis (age 3); and Eda Lewis (age 1), both born in Wisconsin to Swedish and Danish-born parents. Also living there is Gustave's unmarried brother, Swan Lewis (age 19) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents, a Laborer.

Swedish Immigration: November 30, 1880, Frobbestorp.

Sven Larsson "Swan" Freeberg and Hilda Sofia Karlsdotter were married about October 30, 1881, in Sweden.


Sven Larsson Freeberg


The family lived in the community of Pompeys Pillar, Yellowstone Co., MT, in the late 1890s. The picture shown below is courtesy of Craig Freeberg, which shows Pompeys Pillar in the early 1920s. Since that time, the town has burned down twice, and only two of the original buildings were still standing in 2007.

One of the few old buildings remaining in Pompeys Pillar, Custer Co., MT, 2007.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 9, 1900, shows Swan Larson (age 39) born February 1861 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and first married at age 18 and having emigrated in 1888 and a Naturalized citizen is a Foreman at the Railroad and renting his house at 308 Eighth Street, 2nd Ward, City of Duluth, 4th District, St. Louis Co., MN. Living with him is his wife Hilda S. Larson (age 37) born May 1863 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and emigrating in 1894 with all 5 of the children born to her still alive. Also living at home are their children, who are unmarried: Alma C. Larson (age 17) born September 1882 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and emigrating in 1894 who is a Servant; Charles O. Larson (age 16) born April 1884 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and emigrating in 1894 who is a Cook; Albert L. Larson (age 13) born October 1886 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and emigrating in 1894; Joseph E. Larson (age 4) born June 1895 in Montana to Swedish-born parents; and Liana M. Larson (age 2) born February 1898 in Montana to Swedish-born parents.


The children of Swan and Hilda, about 1902, left to right: Carl Oscar, Gladys, Joseph Emanuel, Albert, Leana, Alma.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 7, 1910, shows S. L. Freeberg (age 49) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents is a Foreman at the Railroad and owning his house at 402 Center Avenue, 3rd Ward, Miles City, Miles City Twp., Custer Co., MT and married for 27 years. Living with him is his wife, Hilda Freeberg (age 46) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents, with all 7 of the children born to her still alive. Also living at home are their children: Oscar Freeberg (age 25) born in Sweden and unmarried; Aimell Freeberg (age 14) born in Montana; Leanna Freeberg (age 12) born in Montana; Gladys Freeberg (age 9) born in Minnesota, Albin Freeberg (age 6) born in Montana. Also living there is their married son and family: Albert Freeberg (age 23) born in Sweden; his wife, Florence Freeberg (age 23) born in Minnesota to Canadian and New York-born parents.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 19, 1920, shows Swan L. Freeberg (age 58) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and emigrating in 1874? and Naturalized in 1891 is a laborer at the railroad living at 402 S. Center Avenue, 3rd Ward, Miles City, Custer Co., MT. Living with him are his wife, Hilda Freeberg (age 56) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having immigrated in 1886 and Naturalized in 1891, along with his children: Gladys E. Freeberg (age 19) born in Minnesota, a stenographer at the railroad; and Alvin Freeberg (age 16) born in Montana.

Sven Larsson Freeberg died January 31, 1924, in Oak Forest, Bremen Twp., Cook Co., IL, at age 62. Buried February 5, 1924, in Tinley Park Memorial Cemetery, Tinley Park, Bremer Twp., Cook Co., IL.


Leigh Larson note: The family record of Freeda (Larson) Lewis indicates that Sven became lost on his way back to Montana after visiting his brothers in Waupaca, and was found in Chicago. Shown below is a PDF copy of the Illinois Death Certificate for "Swan Frieberg."

The Illinois Death Index shows Swan Frieberg died January 31, 1924, in Bremen Twp., Cook Co., IL. Death Certificate is # 0160267, filed February 5, 1924. Oak Forest is a community located in Bremen Twp. In 1971, Freeda (Larson) Lewis wrote in a family genealogy report dated 1971 that Uncle Swen Larson Freeberg "Became lost and confused on a visit to Waupaca. It is not known what happened on return as he was found in Chicago, where he passed away. Died in Old Folks in Chicago." Leigh Larson note: The term "Old Folks" probably refers to a slang term for a rest home or infirmary. The Oak Forest Infirmary appears to have been a rest home for the poor and mentally challenged. This would agree with Freeda's note that he became confused and lost in Chicago.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 4, 1930, shows Albert L. Freeberg (age 43) is a Railway Express Agent living at 406 S. Center Avenue, Miles City, Custer Co., MT. Living with him are his wife, Florence B. Freeberg (age 32) born in Minnesota, along with his children Evelyn F. Freeberg (age 17) and a music teacher, Clark A. Freeberg (age 13), and Raymond H. Freeberg (age 11), all children born in Montana. Also living there is Hilda S. Freeberg (age 66), the widow of Swan Freeberg.


Raymond Freeberg, Unknown, Evelyn Freeberg, Hilda Sophia Freeberg, Florence Freeberg, Clark Freeberg and Albert Freeberg. Raymond, Evelyn and Clark are the children of Albert and Florence. 402 Center Street, Miles City, MT.


Hilda Sofia (Karlsdotter) Freeberg died April 7, 1933, in Miles City, Custer Co., MT, at age 69. Buried next to her daughter in Custer County Cemetery, Miles City, Custer Co., MT.


Unknown Montana Newspaper, April 11, 1933

Hilda Sofia Freeberg

Services Held For Late Mrs. Freeberg Monday Afternoon

Neighbors And Friends Gather With Relatives To Pay Their Respects         

Funeral Services were held on Monday afternoon at the Graves Chapel in memory of the late Mrs. Hilda Sofia Freeberg, highly respected and esteemed citizen of the city, who passed away on last Friday morning. The services were in charge of the Rev: C. J. Johnson, pastor of the First Lutheran church. Interment was made in the Miles City cemetery. Mrs. Freeberg was preceded in death by her husband, Swan L. Freeberg on Jan 21, 1924. She was born at Visseljerda, Calmar Lan, Sweden, on May 28, 1863, and would have reached seventy years of age had she lived until the 28th of next month. Six children survive, including Mrs. Alma Johnson and sons, Oscar and Joseph, all of Seattle Wash., Albert of Miles City, Mrs. Gladys Cain of Eden Valley, Minn., and Alvin of St. Louis, Mo. The services at the chapel were deeply impressive. Floral tributes carried their silent and beautiful messages of sorrow over her passing. They were the expressions of the esteem and regard extended by relatives and friends who valued the life and influence of Mrs. Freeberg. The musical renditions were appropriately expressive also of the sympathy felt and to sorrow experienced because Mrs. Freeberg's life had been brought to a close. The words of the officiating minister served in a measure to assuage the natural grief felt because of her passing. The honorary escort at the funeral services included W. N. Hawkins and Nils Lindeberg, who were old time friends of Mrs. Freeberg. The regular pallbearers were Alf Johnson, Wilbur Turner, John Doull, John Swanson, O. B. Reynolds and Sam Carlson.


   

402 Center Street, Miles City, MT, in 2007.


The Maple Tree Cemetery

We wonder how many of our readers know where the cemetery was located prior to the time it was moved to its present location. In the early eighties the cemetery was situated within what is now the city limits of Miles City. The land upon which it was situated was public land, open to filing. And that is exactly what happened - someone filed a claim on it. This filing on the land, and the subsequent publication of a notice in the paper to the effect that further burials on the land was prohibited, and suggesting that those already buried there be removed and buried elsewhere, seemed to raise the concern of the publisher of the local paper. This publisher made several suggestions as to where a new cemetery could be located - either in section 23 (which is the section upon which the Cross Roads is situated) or in section 25, which corners 23 on the southeast. He contacted the Northern Pacific Railroad officials, and they promised to sell any of their nearby lands for cemetery purposes at $20 per acre. In commenting on the mentioned locations, the editor noted that either of these two locations is not more than two miles from town, which would be about the right distance from town for a pleasant drive. Suggestions were made that the local fraternal societies go together and start a cemetery association. But it was not until June 1883, that land was purchased by a group of local citizens as Trustees for the Miles City Cemetery Association. This land is the site of the present cemetery. It was platted into cemetery lots and named Maple Tree Cemetery. These trustees incorporated the Miles City Cemetery Association in 1888, and handled the cemetery as a corporation until 1921, when it was sold to Custer County. The county has called it the Custer County cemetery since its acquisition. In closing our story today, we just want to remark that the statement of the editor rather haunts us - that the location was about the right distance from town for a pleasant ride.