Hannah and Milly moved to Seattle from North Dakota around 1942. At that time both Elmer and Francis were living in Washington, as well as Hannah's brother-in-law Louis (Louie) Brundell. Elmer and his wife Sylvia, both deaf, were living in Seattle and Francis and Louis in Arlington. Hannah worked as a 'domestic' cleaning people's homes while living at 8th and Madison, in an apartment, on Capitol Hill. This was taken at one of the Tall's Camera shops on Capitol Hill.
Milly's graduation picture. She graduated from Powers Lake High School in a very small class. For many years she went to a one-room school house. When she was a little girl the family had a pony that she rode to school. The pony went home, all by itself. In the afternoon the family would let the pony out and it would go back to the school to pick her up!
Francis, or Fritz, about age 14. He was born in North Dakota on October 24, 1919. As a child he was called Quentin, his middle name. After his father died from tuberculosis around 1932, he stayed on the farm with his mother Hannah and Milly for two years before the farm was sold. At that time he traveled west to Washington to work as a logger with his Uncle Louie Brundell, around the Arlington and Darrington area. He eventually married Lillian Borseth, who had three boys, raised them and worked hard as a dairy farmer and milk truck driver for Darigold for many years.
Probably Milly in her early working days. She started working in Seattle after high school. She met Jesse in Seattle while he was in the Navy. After he got transferred to Kodiak, Alaska, she either got a job with a company that sent her to Kodiak or her company had a branch there and she transferred. Jesse and Milly were married in May of 1948 in Kodiak.
The wedding of Franz Hjelmer Brundell, age 31, and Hannah Swenson, age 20, in Minnesota. Franz, born in Vjsternorrlands, Sweden, immigrated 1892. Franz was born October 20, 1880 and died September 1, 1932 in Powers Lake, Burke County, North Dakota. Hannah Swenson Brundell was born in Minnesota, January 1890, to first generation Swedish parents, Ole Swenson and Betsy Swenson. Records show they applied for a marriage license in Ward County, North Dakota December 21, 1908. Ward County was the county to the east of Burke County.
This is the Obituary for Hannahs Mother, Bengta Akesson, Daughter of Ake and Inge Akesson.
Birth: Jun. 16, 1858, Grydt, Sweden Death: Mar. 13, 1952 Alexandria Douglas County Minnesota, USA Funeral services for Mrs. Betsy Swenson were held Monday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m. at the Bethany Home in Alexandria and at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran church at Holmes City. Rev. Anton Chell officiated. Pallbearers were Carl Blade, Carl Anderson, Victor Skoglund, Reuben Wagenius, Edwin Anderson and Axel Peterson. Interment was made in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Holmes City. Mrs. Betsy Akesson Swenson, daughter of Ake and Inga Akesson, was born at Grydt, Sweden on June 16, 1858. She was united in marriage to Ole Swenson
(Svensson) October 30, 1879.
They immigrated to America in 1881, coming to Arvon, Mich. In 1883 they came to Holmes City and she made her home in this community the remainder of her life, with the exception of the last four years when she made her home at the Bethany Home. Her husband passed away November 26, 1925. Mrs. Swenson has been a member of the Trinity Lutheran church in Holmes City since 1883. She passed away early Thursday morning, March 13th, at the age of 93 years, 8 months and 27 days.
Surviving are one son and four daughters, Charles Swenson of Minneapolis, Anna (Mrs. J. O. Grubb) of Aneheim Calif., Selma (Mrs John Larson) of Minneapolis, Hannah (Mrs. Brundell) Seattle, Washington and Emma of Holmes City. Three children have preceded her in death, Sigrid, Johanna and Oscar (Park Region Echo, March 20, 1952) Family links: Spouse: Ole Swenson (1847 - 1925) Children: Sarah Swenson Anderson (1880 - 1906)* Annie Swenson Grubb (1883 - 1973)* Emma O. Swenson Anderson (1887 - 1962)* Oscar B Swenson (1892 - 1943)*
This is Lillian Brundell Jacobsen, Milly's older sister. Milly always said that her Mom, Hannah, had Lillian before she married Franz, her Dad, and that when Milly was born Lillian was sent to Chicago to nanny for a wealthy family. She was born May 18, 1910 in North Dakota. She married Adolf Jacobsson and they lived in Chicago for the rest their lives. They did not have any children. Lillian died July 8, 1999.
Lillian Tiedeman Borseth Brundell and Francis Quentin Brundell. Aunt Lillian was born and raised in the Tiedeman family in the Marysville, Wa area. She and her first husband, Melvin Borseth, had three sons: Edward, Donald and Melvin. Uncle Francis, Milly's older brother met Lillian in Arlington, Wa and they married. They later went on to own a dairy farm southwest of Arlington, near Silvana, Wa.
Milly just after return from living in Hawaii, August 1958 at the farm in Silvana. On her right is her older brother Elmer. Elmer was deaf and was gone a lot of Milly's childhood, away at the deaf school in North Dakota. While at school he learned the trade of typesetting, a vocation well suited, according to Milly, to deaf people because the sounds of the printing machines were too loud for hearing people. Uncle Elmer worked for many, many years at the Seattle Post Intelligencer in downtown Seattle. He and his wife, Aunt Sylvia, also deaf, lived in different places on Capitol Hill for all those years.
Sylvia Brundell. Sylvia was born deaf to parents in North Dakota. Apparently as a young girl she was a talented ballet dancer, following the rhythm of the music through her feet and the floor! She was lively and very loving as an Auntie! I always liked to see her: she made a big deal out of my brothers and I. December 25, 1971.
My Uncle Francis in probably the 1990's. He was a very special man in my life. Very kind and very calm. He taught me to drive an old stick pick-up truck literally in the fields on his farm. If I got to going too fast, he would just lean over and pick my leg off the accelerator. No words. No recriminations. Just quiet action. But I got the point as the truck slowed down!
July 2018. Before my Mom died she requested that she be cremated and that her ashes be spread on her father's grave in Powers Lake, North Dakota. Finally, this year I decided to take a road trip, find the cemetery and do as she requested. Here are photos of that 'pilgrimage'. Traveling like a pilgrim, paying homage. Honor. Respect. Begin road trip, colorful Montana and Glacier National Park, Shelby,my traveling buddy, Mallow, looking at pelicans on Darling Lake, Powers Lake destination. Found Bethel Cemetery after some wrong roads. Finally the gravestone of Franz and a view of the cemetery looking out over the lovely countryside. Rest in peace Milly and Franz.