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David Johansson letters, 1922-1935

Size: .25 linear feet, 1 box

Access: The collection is open for research and a limited amount of copies can be requested via mail.

Processed by: Lisa Huntsha, 2012

Control Num.: MSS P:328


Donated to the Swenson Center after being discarded from the Swedish American Museum of Swedesburg, Iowa. 

Biographical Sketch

Algot Johan David Johansson, later David Johanson, son of Johan and Klara Gustavson, was born January 14, 1907 in Småland, Sweden and died April 8, 1997 in Swedesburg, Iowa. On March 14, 1935 he married Viola M. Lindeen (1903-1996) of Swedesburg.

He served in the Swedish Army Infantry before immigrating to the United States on September 18, 1929. He sailed from Göteborg on a steam ship that took 7 days, stopped in Canada and then arrived in New York. He took a train from New York to Chicago and then out to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

He farmed in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, near Swedesburg, worked at I.A.A.P., Middletown and was a self-employed carpenter and painter in the Swedesburg area. He and Viola were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served on the church board and cemetery committee. He and Viola had two adopted children, Marvin D. Johnson (b. 1940, Davenport, IA) and Doris Burns (b. 1945 Davenport, IA). 

Content Note

The collection consists of 52 handwritten letters to David Johansson from various friends and family members from Sweden and the United States. Many of the letters also have their corresponding envelopes, though many stamps were removed prior to coming to the Swenson Center.

All letters are in Swedish. 



Folder Inventory
Box 1 

Folder 1

Letters 1-9; 1922-1924

Folder 2

Letters 10-21; 1925-March 1927

Folder 3

Letters 22-30; April 1927-December 1927

Folder 4

Letters 31-40; 1928-1930

Folder 5

Letters 41-52; 1931-1935