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					             Holmen/ Thorene Family History Notes – A Transcription

3 March 2002
This is a transcription of the hand-written and typed notes of Dr. Robert Winston Holmen
(1906-1967) of Saint Paul, Minnesota - relating to his family memories and ancestry. In
March 2002, the original documents were in the possession of RWH’s son,
Dr. Douglas J. Holmen of White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Portions (but not all) of this material have previously been transcribed by Doug, and in one case,
that transcription was of a tablet that I did not have access to now. I have incorporated that
missing-document transcription here in order to keep things together that go together.
The original documents include information about…
       RWH’s maternal ancestors – the Andersson, Young, Ljung, and Sjöstedt families of
       Värmland, Sweden
       RWH’s paternal ancestors – the Peterson, and Holmen families of Gothenburg and
       Bohuslän, Sweden
       And two documents relating to the ancestral family of Ingeborg Thorene Holmen (wife of
       Robert Winston Holmen). The Thorene Family immigrated from Kronoberg, Småland,
The original notes and documents from which this transcript is made were clearly Dr. Holmen’s
“working documents.” They were drafts and rewrites, and there is often repetition of the same
stories and family history - but with different phrasing or new material added from draft to draft.
None appear to be final documents, although some are probably near final form. Only 2
documents were dated. However it is reported by his children than most were written in the
early 1960’s. Because no clear date-order could be established, they are included in transcript in
no particular order (except that the Thorene Family material is placed together and last).
Dr. Holmen’s handwriting was reasonably legible and I have, with a few exceptions, left
abbreviations and spelling as I found them. He printed in all-caps and (understandably as these
were “jottings”) did not consistently use complete and formal punctuation. For ease of reading, I
have converted to proper case when transcribing and I have added some punctuation. When I
was unable to decipher a word or where a word clearly appeared to be miswritten or mistyped in
the original, I have indicated with brackets. In a few instances, I made decisions on where to
insert text that had been added in the margins of the original document. In addition to these
intentional edits, I have undoubtedly introduced unintended errors of transcription. This, in
itself, is a first draft and it will benefit by the proofing of others – especially of family members
who are more familiar than I am with the names of people, places, and institutions of that time
and place. All corrections are welcome… as is any “new” old material to be transcribed.

Dixie Hansen
1411 Osceola Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105-2312
Family History of Robert W. Holmen – Transcription from a collection of notes and typescripts

Source Document: 11 pages 3-hole punch notepaper 3¾” x 7”, hand-printed on both sides of
ruled pages. Author, while not identified, is clearly Robert W. Holmen; not dated.

Anders Gustaf Anderson
Lived in Kristinehamn, Sweden. Worked in position similar to a commissioner of public works in
American City.
Arranged for civic honors when John Ericcson, inventor of Civil War’s “Monitor” was [brot] to
Kristinehamn for burial.
Was handsome man with deep brown eyes and hair
Died in his late 40’s of [left blank]
The only one of his family who didn’t emigrate to America.
Family home called Ljung Gorden
Birthday May 3
Sofia Anderson
She and Anders Gustaf had 10 children, 5 girls and then 5 boys, the oldest, a girl, died in
infancy. Then Hanna 1876, Hilda, Ester, Alida. Then Gustaf, Frank, 1881-1958 Helge, Fritz,
and Joseph who died in infancy.
After husband died, came to America in about 1910 for a visit, stayed 10yrs.
Smart, shrewd, sharp, shed died in Kristinehamn at age 94.
Birthday Jan 18.

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Hanna 1876-
Came to America at about age 17 18. Took name of Ljung, after family home Ljung Gården
and because her uncle who preceded her had done so Americanized to Young.
Married Richard A Wallin, a plumber. The marriage was childless. It was further marred by
Dicks love of liquor. They lived in Mpls for a few years and then bought or homesteaded a small
farm near Thief River Falls, Minn. Dick then went to Duluth to estab himself prior to World War
I. Worked in shipyards during War. When farmstead burned down, Hanna joined Dick in
After war Dick contracted TB and spent 24 yrs at [Nopeming]. Then bought home in Duluth’s
west end and started his own plumbing shop, a successful venture, partly because Dick gave up
drinking and mainly because he was an excellent workman.
A charming personality, the possessor of a rumbling bass voice, sang in [Arpi] male chorus in
Mpls and in Duluth, Glee club, Swedish singing groups.
Invented several devices used yet today in water faucets, drain traps, etc. Never profited
personally – a trusting nature allowed others to bilk him.
Died about 1937 of a heart attack.
Early Baptist upbringing, but as an adult never again went to church.
During stay in sanatorium learned many hobbies which he [FFD] – made birchbark canoe / a
[ch…ay] weaving which won prizes at state fair.
Hanna was a most beautiful young woman, deep choc. Brown eyes inherited from her father.
Her unhappy marriage might have been different had she inspired her husband instead of
nagging him further into drinking and trying to act as leader instead of as partner.
But when Richard died she carried on the plumbing business for 20 yrs – even, at age of 65
built a new building. Independent, self-reliant, pride of a sort, even at 83, insisting on living
alone and disdaining idea of entering an old folks home.
Esther married Gustaf Leadholm or Lidhom & remained in Sweden.
Married and became Hilda Johnson. Had one daughter Britta Ester.
When became a widow came to Mpls US in 1914.
Worked as housekeeper in various homes in Mpls then to St. P for a widower, John Peterson, a
man whose milk route had made him quite comfortable and the owner of 2 houses.
She married him. His only surviving son, Joel, was a ne’er do well who died in a Calif lumber
camp fire during the 30’s.
John died of a heart attack shortly after while at worship in G.A. Church, St. Paul.
Hilda shared the common Young characteristics of intelligence, pride, self reliance, a stubborn
argumentative streak.
After 42 yrs in America still does not speak English although understanding it well, I am sure.
Esther, 1905, Grad Winona teachers.

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Came to America Mpls in about 1910 or so – financed thru Bus College by Helge. Worked at
Henn. Cty Savings Bank.
Married Myrtle Ahlstrom, a well-educated, almost brilliant daughter of Baptist Minister once
instructor Bethel College, St. Paul.
Left bank for short venture in coal business. Then to Electrolux where got to be top flite
3 children –
1. Helen, PhD in Home Econ. Education.
Taught at Augsburg then to NY to teach in college there. Married Carl Olson1, PhD in music
education, Grad Aug College.
One daughter, Elizabeth2.
    2. Bob .
                 [referring both to Bob and Bud]:
                 Grad Engineer U of M. Now in Texas
    3. Bud
SW Gr School Educ.
Only Young who did not marry. The most charming of all who came to Amer.
Very close to Alida, the only brown-eyed boy of the Youngs, Alida being only blue eyed girl.
Outgoing, likeable, generous to a fault, helpful and kind always. Worked as waiter at Schieks
and elsewhere in Mpls.
In WWI was drafted on way to camp when asked who were college men, he stepped forward to
say he was from U of M an outright falsehood. Without further ado he was promoted to
Corporal. His brash aplomb as Fort Dix raised him to Sergeant and assignment to motorcycle
corps, although he had never ridden a motorcycle in his life.
After war went to Chgo to work for Biggs Co., a catering firm with Chgo’s elite as clientele.
Helge spoke intimately of the McCormicks, etc. although I am sure, that [pres farding] all was
A big league bowler.
After a long stay in Vets hosp. in Chgo came to Robts in St. Paul for fruitless help and had ca of
esoph and died in Vets hosp.
His 3 ½ mo as soldier in 1917 gave him many months of hosp care and a simple burial in FS
Cemetery in 1948.

 Warren L. Holmen lists his name as Carl Bertil Nelsson rather than as Carl Olson.
 Warren L. Holmen lists her as “Victoria” rather than as “Elizabeth”
 There is a son named “John” in this family (1920 census and Warren L. Holmen). Presumably John =

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Never having saved any [?] in spite of his industriousness, and having squandered or given
away all he had, he died penniless?

Fritz, the youngest, came to America in 1914 or so, worked as a carpenter. Married Ruth
________. A good templar. Blind in one eye since childhood because Helge had accidentally
destroyed it with a scissor.
Died 1918 of Flu. Pneumonia.
Sara Alida Ljung
Actually born 1881 in Kalmo while father and mother were on work assignment. Came to
America Mpls in 1600 (sic). Worked as a dressmaker. Married in 1905. A beautiful, blue eyed
young woman. Unfortunate that could not have had more education.
Would have made [a] excellent int decorator or designer.
Well-read, opinionated, & rabid democrat,
Abhorred cad class, [sympathys] always with ‘down trodden workers” / others were the “the big
Critical yet sympathetic, loved the under dog.
Argumentative, perverse in argument.
Martyr complex.
Intensely proud in foolish way.
Religious, yet critical. Seldom went to church.
Generous to a fault.
4 Boys
Robt went college and profession, on [now?]
She should have inspired other sons likewise.
Died Los Angeles
Nov 6 (sic), 1958
Buried Union, St. P.

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I have little knowledge of the Ljungs in Sweden. I know that one, Adam Young, was a PhD and
Prof at U of Stockholm,
Another young was in the army and was commandant of a Swedish military academy. This is
Uncle Helge’s story and may be exaggerated.
As a family, most showed latent ability never fully developed. Every Young I have known was
[Inge?] Frank Young . Mom’s Anders Brother. Had large family. Lived on 26th Ave and 34th
Ada      school teacher
Gerald, A lawyer – sec of Am oil in St. Texas
Earl     who served with Hoover in Werf Program in Europe Frg World War I
A full blooded and gen. Swedish family apparently ashamed of their ancestry
Gerald lived for years. ½ crazy.
Emma weighed 300 # but smart as a whip

 Dixie Hansen: Although these notes say “Frank” Young, a later typed version refers to this person (I
believe correctly) as “Ole” Young.

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Carl Robert Aug 19 1870 – Aug 13 1935
Born Sweden, Holmensukken. [The Island Parish], moved with family to Goteborg. Here when
aged 7 pulled his 5 yr old brother out of one of the canals into which he had fallen thereby
saving his life.
Had grade school education. Came to America as a 13 yr old. Eventually to St. Paul.
Confirmed 1st L Ch in 1888 then 18 yrs old.
Began in jewelry but went [Arosin?] Co. Moved to Canon Falls. Formed partnership, forming
Scofield and Holmen comb. Jewelry and Drug Store. Sang in choir. Played cello. Roomed with
Dr. Day and Dentist. Moved to Red Wing for a short time. Then to Minneapolis. Worked for
Max Cohen Jewelry Co. then to Hudson. Then to S. Jacobs Co. Left to go into business for
self. A short time in Palace Bldg then moved to 16 W Lake St. Unsuccessful. In 1918 moved
to Duluth, first with [Wenderwood] Co. in West end. Very Shortly to Bagley & Co.. After a year
of commuting moved family to Duluth Nov 1919. I was then 13 and freshman West High. Work
stay with Bagley and Co. until his death in 1919. Died of Gastric Hemorrhage from Peptic Ulcer

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Source Document: Walman Optical Company calendar / tablet with 1960 and 1961 calendars
printed inside front cover, 3 ¼“ x 6”, 15 ruled pages with notes hand-printed on both sides of
pages. Author: Robert W. Holmen, not dated (probably 1960 or later).

The Peterson Family
Of my father’s family I know very
little, least of all his mother.
However, records should be
available in the parish church in
Holmensuken in the Province of
Bohuslen in Sweden. (Literally
translated this should mean “The
Island Parish,” with “Holmen”
meaning “island.” When my
father was only a very small boy
the family moved to nearby
Gothenburg – he must have been
very young because his brother,
John, only 2 yrs younger, was
baptized in Gothenberg. Of the
family’s life in Gothenberg I know
nothing except that when Dad
was only a boy of 7 yrs, he saved
John’s life by pulling him out of one of Gothenberg’s many canals into which 5 yr old John had
When Dad was in his early teens [he was born in 1870] his family emigrated to America.
Perhaps 1883-1884.
My memory, perhaps wrongly, tells me that the family lived in Wisconsin for a time before
moving to St. Paul. (I must ask Peter Johnson where, exactly, they lived] but it was on the near
East side.
I am angry with myself for not digging out more details while the preceding generation was still
alive, only Aunt Ruth, now in 1960, the sole remnant and living in Glendive, Montana, being still
The members of the family were member of First Lutheran. Robert, my Dad, and his brother,
John, were confirmed by Rev. Sward (or was it Johnston) in 1887 (Robert at age 18, John at
The next 17 yrs of my father’s life (until he was married) I have some knowledge but not in
authentic sequence. I remember his telling me that he worked for some time in Red Wing. I
know that he lived for a time in Cannon Falls. Here he sang in the choir in the Swedish
Lutheran church. I remember a picture also of a local amateur Sullivan Group, of which he was
a member and once was dressed as a sailor, probably “Pinafore.”
In Cannon Falls he went into partnership with a friend, a druggist, by the name of Scofield.
“Scofield and Holmen” was the firm name – Dad running the jewelry section. It was apparently
short-lived, but Scofield’s Drug Store continued for many many yrs, perhaps it is still there.

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Dad must have had experience in the jewelry business prior to this time because I recall that he
told me once that he broke into the business at A.H. Arosin Co., still existent on Robt Street
between 6-7 St in St. Paul.
I also remember a picture (I wonder where it is now) which shows Dad playing a cello.
Just last year Dr. Day, then 89 and Dad’s age, dropped in to my office for the eye checkup I
have given him for the past 20 yrs. Dr. Day and Dad were roommates during their 20’s.
It was in Cannon Falls that Dad and another friend, Ferdie Edstrom, found themselves courting
the same girl. She lived out in the country and Dad, and perhaps Ferdie too, traveled to see her
via bicycle. After a time, Dad had had enough of pedaling, and told his friend, “you take her
Ferdie – you live closer.” So Ferdie did. Ferdie’s descendants, I have heard, still reside in the
Cannon Falls area.
Dad later sought his fortune (never did he find it financially) to Mpls. His first position was with
Max A. Cohen, a Jewish jeweler there. An interesting account here concerns incident wherein
he attacked and overcame a thief, posing as a customer, stole a diamond ring from his display
tray. Noticing that it was gone when his customer left, Dad took out after him. On the sidewalk
outside Dad, before the days of football which he never played, tackled the thief, who realizing
he had been detected, threw the ring far down the street.
Fortunately and old man saw what had happened and hollered out, “I see it! There it goes.”
From Cohen’s Dad went to S. Jacobs and Co. where, except for a short period with Hudson’s,
he remained until about 1916.
Some of my earliest memories concern my going downtown on Sat Eve, (in those days all
downtown stores remained open until 9 pm) and doing the weekly grocery shopping. A dairy
store on 6th between Henn and 1st Ave N called Isanti Co. store was a place with 1000 kinds of
cheeses and a delightful aroma. I still remember sometimes we would go to a late movie (adm
5¢) which, I remember featured weekly “The Adventures of Pauline” and another serial which
always ended when events got exciting, called “The Broken Coin.”
One of my special treats occurred when I could go with Dad to rehearsals of the Arpi Male
Chorus, a Swedish Male Chorus of which he was an enthusiastic member.
Another memory in Aug 0f 1914, can recall walking down the street on 1st Ave betw 6 and 7 St.
and reading the big, black headline on the paper displayed outside of a news and mag store
“Germany Declares War.”
I was born in what was then S. Mpls, perhaps as far south as 17 or 18th. When I was 2 or 3 we
lived on 11 Ave S at 32 St & just N. of Powderhorn Park.
I recall, or perhaps I have been told, I used to walk down to Lake St. with a basket on my arm to
buy a Sunday morning paper.
At the age of 3-4 we moved to W side Elliott (9th Ave) betw 33 and 34th. Upstairs
When I was four (and this is clear in my memory) a lady came to the door to solicit students for
a Kindergarten to be sponsored by the Sw Covenant [G.] I was enrolled and spent 2 yrs there.
I remember when I grad at the Swed Tabernacle in Mpls at the advanced age of 5.
Nevertheless, I learned to speak, read and even write Swedish, all before I began 1st grade at
the age of 6 at Horace Mann, at Chgo at 34th St.
We soon moved often, it seems, to 3541 S. 10th where we lived until May 1, 1913. I know
because it was only 2 days until my 7th birthday. We moved to a house owned by Nathan S.
Hovaner in Brookside (today the address would be about 4301 S. Highway 100).

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Until Nov. 1919 we lived there and altho it was a humble home with no modern conveniences
either heat or other wise, it was a great place to grow up. We were on M’Haha Creek, in those
days quite a stream. We had a row boat and here we learned to swim.
I was sent to Edina School in the fall of 1913. Because mother, quite unacquainted with the
strangeness of Am. Schools [thot] I had had 2 full grades instead of 2 ½ years in the 1st grade,
insisted that I [ends here at end of table – haven’t found continuation]

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Source Document: Not seen by this transcriber but previously transcribed by Douglas J. Holmen
and identified as notes in made in a Walman Optical Company Pad – 1960. Presumably part of
the series (in an identical tablet), of the notes transcribed above. Douglas Holmen recognizes
the handwriting in the original as that of his father, Robert W. Holmen.

The Ostroms

Aunt Clara the eldest of the Petersons, married Mr. Ostrom of whom I know nothing. He must
have been a very tall man because his three offspring were all 6'3" or more, during a day when
men of such height were not as common as they are today.

Clarence - the oldest and most solid of the Ostroms. My first memory of the Ostrom (should be
pronounced Oh.Strum, but they said Ah.Strum) concerned my aunt and cousins in Spokane,
Washington. He began working in a bank, and did so for the rest of his life. Many years ago he
left Spokane for Ellensburg, Washington. Visited St. Paul for the first time in about 50 yrs in
1956. Charming fellow who I couldn't help feeling that I could've known sooner. His wife, Daisy
(whom he adored like I have my Boya, and with whom, tragically, he had no children, because
the two of them, I am sure, would have had very nice ones) I had never met before was a
honey. Soon thereafter, Clarence
had a stroke. He is still living out west, in what condition I don't know.

Raymond, 6'4" - My first knowledge of him was about my cousin in WWI who was a machine
gunner in France in 1917 (glamorous member of the "suicide corps"). He was gassed in the
literal sense, and this became his excuse for all of the failures in life from then on. I never, met              Deleted: ,
him until the 30's when he worked in Minneapolis as a furrier for two years or so. He had one
son, Ray, Jr., I think. The next I heard about him was that he and his wife (?) had been
divorced. The last concerned his death in the spring of 1960 in a vets hospital out west.

Milton - the youngest of the Ostroms, and the tallest at 6'4,5,or 6". 1 met him only once. It was
about 1914 or so when he visited.

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Source Document: 4 pages typed 8 ½” x 11” transcript with “MOTHER’S FAMILY” in upper
right corner, with a few hand-written corrections. Typist not identified. Author,while not
identified, is clearly Robert W. Holmen and corrections are in his hand. Not dated.

The members of my mother's family were Andersons. They lived In Kristinehamn, a small town
In Värmland situated at the north end of Lake Vänern one of Sweden's largest lakes. Their
particular community was called Ljunggården or Ljungsborg which means "field of "heather.”
When the first of the family, my mother's uncles and aunts came to America about 1890, they
took the name of Ljung and later that of Young, one similar in sound but entirely different in
meaning. Mother also took the name of Ljung and this is the name which appeared on her
marriage certificate - she married before either
she or her name had become Americanized.
However, the name of Ljung was used by at
least one of mother's relatives who never came
to America. He was Adam Ljung, an uncle or a
cousin of her father, who was a professor in the
University of Stockholm.
The first Ljungs to come were Fritz and Ole,
brothers of mother's father. Later came Frank,
another brother, a sister, and their mother, my
great grandmother. Left behind in Sweden was
the only other member of the family, Anders
Gustaf, my mother's father.
Great grandmother was born in Sweden of
Walloon parents from southern Belgium or that
part of northern France which adjoins it. Rough
reckoning indicates that she must have been
born about 1830. She must have been well over
50 years of age when she came to America to
settle down in Minneapolis with her sons. Soon
she was off again, this time with Frank and her
daughter,___________ , to live out the
remainder of her days in Hillsboro, Oregon, a few miles just West of Portland. A picture shows
her to be, even in old age, a slender, attractive, almost swarthy old lady.
ANDERS GUSTAF ANDERSON, my maternal grandfather
Mother spoke only affectionately of her father. It was apparent that he was idolized by all of his
children. She described him as being a brown haired, full-bearded, handsome man with
chocolate brown eyes. He was the foreman of carpenters in the public works department of the
town of Kristinehamn. I recall mother telling me that when John Ericson, the Swedish inventor of
the screw [propeller] and the designer the famous Civil War iron-clad "Monitor" which fought the
"Merrimac" at Hampton Roads, was brought back for burial in Kristinehamn, Anders Gustaf was
responsible for the decorations with which the town bedecked itself in honor of its illustrious
citizen. Anders Gustaf died during his late 40's of what must have been an attack of acute
appendicitis shortly after the turn of the century.

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FRITZ YOUNG , my grandfather's oldest brother
Fritz became a grocer in Minneapolis. His place of business was near or on Oak street east of
the University campus and just below Prospect Park. He had three sons - one became a
member of the FBI and later served on the Minneapolis police force as a detective. I can recall
how Fritz and his family visited us at Brookside, driving out in their always [shiney], brass
bespangled Ford car, one of the first automobiles I can remember, and woe to anyone who put
even a smudge on it. It was a particular point of pride with him that his car was never driven at
night. He told all within earshot that not once since he had bought it had his headlights ever
been lit. These were gas lamps that burned acetylene from a tank which rested on the running
board, quite in the way of those entering the car. I still think his aversion to having them lighted
was really his fear of getting the glass smoked up and spoiling the brand new appearance of his
precious vehicle.
OLE YOUNG, another of my grandfather's brothers.
Ole and his wife, Helen, lived with their brood of ten6 children in south Minneapolis at about 34th
avenue South and 29th street. He was a dairyman and conducted a thriving milk business. His
wife was a Malm. A niece of hers, Florence Malm, is a writer whose articles still appear in
current popular magazines.
All of Ole's ten children, except the two oldest, received a University education. Willard went
West to become a very successful lumberman. Gerald became a lawyer. Emma, a charming
though huge woman of almost 300 pounds, worked for the Twin City Rapid Transit Company for
many years, died in the fall of 1960. Ada became a teacher. Carl got into the oil business and
at the time of his death only a few years ago was executive secretary for the American Oil
Institute in Dallas, Texas. Minnie, married and living in Washington, DC, works for the
government and dabbles quite successfully in real estate. Another brother7,___________, was
with Herbert Hoover’s relief commission in Europe after World War I. Unmarried, he still lives in
Washington. Hanna was very active in Baptist church circles in Mpls. It was she who introduced
my uncle Francis to Myrtle Ahlstrom, the daughter of Rev. Ahlstrom, a Baptist minister who once
was a professor at Bethel College in St Paul. Elinor, now Elinor Loomis, lives In Mpls. She
heads up the U S Consumer's Service on the University of Minnesota farm campus. For years
you have been able to hear her give her marketing reports on her radio program on WCCO and
read her articles in the newspapers.
My memory tells me that it was Ole who became so frothily angry during the supra-patriotic
days of World War I. It seems that someone had spoken slightingly of his foreign birth. Roared
Ole, " Listen, you ignoramus! I came to America by choice. I came here with an education in my
head and two hands willing to work. I was an economic asset to this country the minute I
stepped off the boat, I have cost America nothing. I have raised ten children and seen to it that
all have become educated citizens. I have built a thriving business and contributed much to this
country's economy. Now what about you? You didn't come to America by choice - you were
born here and had nothing to say about it. You came here a squalling helpless baby and it has
cost this country many thousands of dollars to educate you and raise you to manhood. That's
all I will be hearing from you. (Well said, Ole!)

  Dixie Hansen: I have not yet found collaborating sources which identify an older brother to Anders
Gustaf Andersson who fits the description (even assuming that Fritz is a nick-name) of the Fritz Young,
described here. Further research is needed.
  Other evidence, including a specific question about number of children and number of living children in
the 1910 census, indicates that Ole and Helen probably had 9 children rather than 10.
  Identified elsewhere as Earl (who was Gerald’s twin)

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A daughter of Willard is the only offspring of this ten-child family.

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Source Document: Single sheet of typed onion-skin paper, 8 ½” x 11”; labeled as page 1,
Author: Robert W. Holmen, M.D., St. Paul, Minnesota; 1960

                            Inasmuch as my three children - Karen,
                            Robert and Douglas, fourth generation
                            Americans of Swedish descent – often
                            express a keen interest in the story
                            of their family, I have gathered
                            together as many [genealogical] facts as
                            I have been able and set them down in
                            somewhat orderly fashion.

                            They will find in this simple chronicle
                            I have assembled no mention of kings,
                            great leaders or even captains of
                            industry. On the other hand, neither
                            will they hear of felons and horse-

                            They will discover in their lineage,
                            however, some people of stout courage,
                            faith and a restless spirit, especially
                            those who, during the late years of the
                            nineteenth century, uprooted themselves
                            from the soil of Sweden and traveled
                            with their families more than six
                            thousand miles over sea and land to
                            become first generation Americans
                            in the state of Minnesota.

                                                     Robert W. Holmen, M.D.

                            St. Paul, Minnesota

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Source Document: Single sheet of “Theodore’s8” letterhead (Minnesota at 6th, Saint Paul,
Minnesota); 7 ¼” x 10 ½” typed on both sides; author not identified but clearly Robert W.
Holmen; dated 14 December 1964

Dear Karen., Bob and Doug:

Some day your children will ask you, as you have inquired of Mother and me, "Where did our
family come from?" I will tell you what I know. I wish it were more. Someday I hope to go to the
church in Kristinehamn in Varmland, Sweden, my
mother's home town and to the cathedral church in
Gothenberg near which city my father was born. I
am sure that their records which go back many
generations could tell me much.

I wish I could tell you that your family tree includes
a vast array of famous and illustrious people. If
there are such, I have never heard about them. It
may be your destiny or that of your children to
provide such embellishment.

My father's father, your great grandfather, was
Anton Peterson born somewhere in Sweden in
about the year 1845. He bore the name of
Peterson, I presume, because his father's first
name was Peter and he was Peter's son. I don't
think that Sweden had yet stabilized its family
nomenclature system. Of you great grandmother, I
know nothing at all. However, I understand that in
the generation beyond your great grandparents'
there is someone who had come to Sweden from
France, This was not uncommon. A great number
of Frenchmen emigrated to Sweden in the early 1800's after Bernadotte, a marshal under
Napoleon, was asked to become the new king of Sweden.

Grandpa and Grandma Peterson began their married life and began to raise their family in
Holmensuken in Bohuslan. Bohuslan is one of Sweden's provinces and includes (or perhaps
only adjoins) the city of Gothenberg. A suken is a district or parish. A "holmen' is an island,
usually rocky and along the seashore. “Holmensuken," therefore means literally "the island
parish". In the year 1870 on August 19th my father, Carl Robert, was born, the third of six
children and the first of two boys. Whether he was born in Holmensulken or in nearby
Gothenberg, I don't know. In any event, the family did move to Gothenberg and it was here that
my father went to school and spent his early boyhood. It was also when, as a boy of seven
years, he jumped into one of Gothenberg's canals, to save his five year old brother who had
tumbled in.

  In a prior transcription of this letter, Douglas J. Holmen notes that Theodore’s was a women’s clothing
store where his mother, Ingeborg Thorene Holmen, worked as a salesperson for some years.

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This was the half century or so in which a million of Sweden's five million inhabitants left for
America. Grandpa and Grandma Peterson and their six children were part of this million.
Grandpa was a teamster in Gothenberg, not a very high or remunerative calling. But he had
been able to gather together enough money to pay the passage across the ocean where, he
must have felt, there was greater opportunity for himself and his family. In 1883, after landing in
Philadelphia, they made their way by train into the [mid] midwest At first, I have been told, they
settled down in Wisconsin but shortly moved on to St Paul. He found employment at, the
railroad depot, a position he held until he retired thirty years later.

In the meanwhile, the family lived in the lower East Side. They were all active members of the
First Lutheran Church, now at 8th and Maria, but then locate 9th and Lafayette. All of the
children sang well and were members of the choir. All were confirmed here - not more than 6-8
blocks-from their home.

The Peterson children were Ida, born about 1866, Clara about 1868. Carl Robert, always called
Robert, born in 1870, John in 1872, Therese in 1875, and Ruth in 1879. Good looks
characterized all of them. The boys were handsome and the girls strikingly beautiful. As the
boys became of age Grandpa pointed out that the name 'Peterson" had become a very heavily
used name and advised them to change it. The name "Holmén", after their old home in
Sweden, "Holmensuken" was chosen. It was pronounced phonetically as "Holmain" in Swedish.
To the rest of their days both Robert and John were called "Holmen" by their American friends
and "Holmain" by Swedes. Robert, your grandfather, carried the accent mark over the letter “e"
for only a few years, but John continued in its usage.

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Source Document: 9 pages of light blue stationery, 5 ½” x 9”; hand-printed on both sides;
Author not identified, but is clearly Robert W. Holmen; not dated.

                     Anders Gustaf Anderson – Sophia Sjogren Anderson

 Hanna Hanna          Esther     Alida      Hilda     Gustaf     Franz     Helge       Fritz    Joseph
  died  Wallin        1878       1879       1881                                                died in
   in   1876                                                                                    infancy
                    All girls were brown eyed except Alida who was blue
                    All boys were blue eyed except Helge who was brown

Mother’s Family.
Sarah Alida (Ljung} Anderson
Sept 22, 1981 – 1957

Family lived in Kristinehamn, Vermland.
Family home called Ljunggården (heather yard)
When first of the family came to America rather than calling themselves Anderson, they used
the name Ljung. All of family children came to America except Gustaf and Esther. All came to
Mpls. All took name of Young or “Ljung.”

The family is related to the medical Earl family. The original Earl’s were Olsons who lived on
the East Side in St. Paul. There were 3 Earl’s in the generation ahead of me – Robert and
George, both M.D.s who founded the Earl Clinic – and another who was a mortician in Mpls.
George told me that his mother was an Anderson and a first cousin to my grandfather, Anders
Gustaf. George and I are therefore 2nd cousins once removed. John Earl of St. Paul, a son of
Roberts and a contemporary of mine, and I are 3rd cousins.

Mother’s Father, Anders Gustaf.

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Mother spoke only affectionately and in glowing terms of her father. He apparently was a
foreman in the Public Works Dept for the City of Kristinehamn. She describes him as brown
whiskered handsome man with chocolate brown eyes. He was the idol of his children. He died
at his early ‘50s, of kidney or lung disease.

His mother was born in Sweden of Walloon parents – French? Belgian? – They had come to
Sweden to work in the Nobel Factories, partly for economic reasons but mostly because they
were Protestants living in a Catholic country and subject therefore to certain disadvantage.

Mother’s Mother

Except that her name was Sjogren, I know nothing of her family. My first recollection of her
begins when I was about 3. We lived in a duplex in Mpls on Elliot Ave between 33rd and 34th
St., perhaps 3330 or so, being the address. She had come for a visit, ½ of her children here.
Incidentally, [crowding 60?] her visit lasted 10 years. She was fat, as most woman of her age in
that day were. Strange that I should remember her birthday – it was Jan 18.

Grandma, during her 10 year visit, never learned to speak English. But she knew more than
she let on – as storekeepers who tried to cheat her quickly discovered. She was a smart,
shrewd woman; sharp tongued and caustic and never one to show affection. I can never
remember that she fondled or petted me or even held me on her lap.

Anders Gustaf’s and Sophia’s older son was Gustaf. He too dropped the name of Anderson
and took the name Linné, so that all of his children, most if not all of whom live in Kristinehamn,
are now Linné’s. The only one I know of and whose picture I have seen is Bengt, a blond curly
head now in his ‘40s.

One of Anders Gustaf’s male relatives – brother, cousin, uncle, - I don’t know – was Adam
Young, a PhD who was a Professor at the U of Stockholm.

My Uncle Helge once told me (but Helge’s veracity was always open to question) that another,
Adam Young, was an officer in the Swedish Army and the Commandant of a Swedish military

While on this matter of questionable family history, I might mention that Aunt Hilda always
insisted that the French or Walloon blood in their family was of nobility. I do not vouch for this –
I merely mention it. Perhaps Bengt Linne in Kristinehamn would know.

Aunt Esther, Mother’s only sister who stayed in Sweden married someone whose name was
Lidholm. She died there several years ago.

Helge was the next to the youngest of Mother’s family. He came to America as a 17 yr older
shortly after I was born. Mother was his favorite sister, and he her favorite brother.

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None of Mother’s family had education beyond grade school, however Sweden’s Grade School
was apparently 2 yrs longer and considerably more intensive and inclusive than ours. I used to
think that my mother and her bros and sisters were indulging in [shere?] chauvinism when they
criticized the superficial nature of our elementary school system. However, in the light of recent
evaluations, I have come to realize that perhaps they were right, that Europe’s scholars at the
elementary and hi school level are better than ours have been.

Helge was the most charming of the Youngs. Perhaps because we were his favorite sisters
children, he was especially good to us.

He became a waiter and worked, I remember at Max Café, an estab now long since gone but in
the 1910 era an excellent eating place on the N side of 6th St in Mpls between Hennepin and
Nicollet. He also worked at Schiek’s, the old time German eating house on 3rd St. For a time he
sold sausage – I can remember working with him as a 10 year old B4 the light of a kerosene
lamp at Brookside listing out of the classified section of the telephone book all of the butcher
shops [&] listing them 34 geographical areas.

During the summer he worked at the “Blue Line” at Excelsior, a dockside eating pavilion on Lk
Minnetonka. So, thru some sort of a deal which he always seemed to be making and which, it
seems, never worked to his advantage as well as he hoped, it was he who brought up a row
boat for our use on Minnehaha Creek.

He was an avid bowler and bowled with the best in the City League – at least he said he was
among the best. If he wasn’t we would have made him so anyway. All 3 of us boys idolized

He was also a great hunter – each fall he went north during deer hunting season with his pals,
Ernie Francis and H[?} George. Invariably he would bring back venison which none of us would
eat. Once he [brot] back bear meat.

It was Helge who brought us skates and the marvelous sled with swivel front runners and mad
us the envy of the neighborhood.

In 1917 enlisted in the Army. I remember when he came to tell us. Mother cried and we boys
6-9 [thot] we were seeing him for the last time. Surely he’d be shot.

But World War I was a frolic for Helge. As they lined up to entrance for camp an officer barked
out “All college men step forward.” Helge, with his grade school education, stepped forward.
“Where did you go to school,” this co officer wanted to know. “University of Minn,” lied Helge.
“You’re a Corporal. These seven men are your squad.” I often wonder what hoodwinking went
on at Camp that preceded his becoming a sergeant. At Camp Helge was a motorcycle courier.
This too must have been a result of his bluff for I am sure he had never in his life ridden a
motorcycle, except perhaps as a passenger.

So in 1918, Helge came home and had his picture taken in his [kahki] uniform with the wrap
around leggings that I used later when I became a boy scout.

When in 1919 we moved to Duluth Helge went to Chgo. Except for a time when he [managed]
worked in the coffee shop in the Wrigley Bldg he was employed by Biggs and Co., an exclusive

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catering concern whose clientele included the elite of Chgo. He had a peculiar and not
uncharming lisp that caused him to pronounce Biggs and all such S sounds as tho he kept the
tip of his tongue touching the roof of his mouth.

Periodically, Helge came to visit us in Duluth. One summer he spent his whole vacation
painting the house, inside and out.

In 1935 when Boya and I were married he came to Mpls for the wedding. This gave rise to
Mother’s favorite parlor story which recounts how he came with us on our honeymoon. We had
planned to go to Chgo wand when Helge heard of it he asked to ride with us as far as Durand,
Wisconsin, a little town perhaps 50 miles or so from St. Paul. This he did and we stopped and
had coffee and cookies with his friends there before we went on. Actually, we never got to
Chgo. The weather worsened and ice and sleet made travel so dangerous that we turned off
and spent our wedding night in Winona of all places.

During his ‘50’s Helge developed a carcinoma of the esophagus. The last few weeks he spent
with Boya and me. After a year of more of slowly wasting away he died at the Vets Hosp in
Mpls. He was buried in the Fort Snelling Nat’l Cemetery. His few months in the Army in 1918
had proved to be the most lucrative time of his life. They had given him medical care,
hospitalization, and burial at Uncle Sam’s expense.

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Source Document: Two sheets of “LeClaire European Hotel” letterhead (Fifth Ave at Nineteenth
Street, Moline, Illinois); 7 ¼” x 11”; hand-printed on both sides of pages, with self-edits;
unidentified ink-sketch of man’s face in profile on page 1, author not identified but clearly
Robert W. Holmen; not dated

My parents, Carl Robert Holmen, age 35, and Sara Alida Ljung, 24, were married in Mpls on
June 6, 1905. I was born 11 mo later on May 3, 1906.
My earliest memories (or was I told?)
involve my trudging down to Lake St. on
Sunday AM, a small basket on my arm,
to buy a Sunday paper. I’m sure it must
have been the Mpls Journal. Dad was
intensely loyal to the Journal because he
liked Mr. Jones, the publisher. It was
only a block or so. We lived in house
which, I now reckon, must have been
3106, 8 or 10 11 Ave S, just a block N of
Powderhorn Park. I suppose I was [3].
My next recollection is our next residence
on Elliot Ave, an upper duplex at about
3320 or 30. This is vivid. I was then 4
when a lady came to the door and asked
my mother if I would attend a new Swed
Kindergarten. Mother said yes and for 2
years I did. The school was located, I
think, on 31st or 32nd St between Elliot
and 10th.
I can remember the huge painting that
almost filled the front wall. It showed a
group of Swedish lumber jacks hauling a
huge log into town. I suppose it was a
Yule log. Her I learned Swedish so that,
thru the media of Bible stories, when I was ready for 1st grade, I could speak and read simple
Swedish. The school was sponsored by the Sw Cov Church. I know this only because we had
our “graduation” exercises in the Swedish Tabernacle in Mpls & here I should mention one
incident that caused my mother to be taken aback at the time and to chuckle for the next 45
years. I came home one day to announce that Abraham had moved. Assuming that Abraham
was someone in the neighborhood, she asked innocently “Oh, where is he moving to?” “To
Mesopotamia.” My reply caused her to drop a dish.
It was while we lived on Elliot Ave that my maternal grandmother came to America for a visit.
Seem to remember that she stayed with us. Uncle Franz was unmarried. Helge, who had
come to America with her, was only in his early 20’s. He never did marry. Aunt Hilda was not to
come for another 5 yrs. Fritz was to come later.
Grandma never liked me and the cause was an innocent remark I made when I saw her
scrubbing the kitchen floor. I said “Poor Grandma. All she can do is scrub the floor.” Always a
silly, proud person she became angry for the remainder of her visit – actually 10 years relations
between us were never cordial. How a mature person could remain vindictive for 10 yrs

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because of the fumbling language of a 4 year old is beyond my understanding. When she
returned to Sweden I shed no tears.
About the time I was 6, and already in Horace Mann School, and ready for 1st grade we moved
to a downstairs duplex at 3541 10th Ave S – (I’m sure of the address this time.) I recall vividly
the newspaper spread out on the DR table proclaiming in heavy black headlines, “TITANIC

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Source Document: Two typed sheets of plain onion-skin paper; 8 ½” x 11”; with
“THORENE” in upper right corner, 2nd page is typed on both sides; neither typist nor
author are identified, but a correction added in red ballpoint ink appear to be in Robert
W.Holmen’s hand; not dated

HUGO THORENE (1876-1960)

was born on August 2791876 in Ostra
Torsos, a small community 14 miles from
Vexio in Smoland, Sweden. At the age of
12 he emigrated with his family to America.
They landed in New York in May, 1888 and
made their way to Stillwater, Minnesota
where they settled on a small farm just
west of McCusick's Lake. Several years
ago apparently by common family consent,
this farmstead was turned over to Tore,
one of Hugo's brothers. Members of his
family still reside there.

Hugo's father, born in Smoland on July 4,
1842, was NELS PETER FREY. He was a
wagon-maker by trade and also operated a
dairy at Torsjo. His Name "Frey" had been
given to either him or his father upon
beginning army service. It was the practice of the Swedish army at that time to assign
names of but one syllable to Its recruits. The name was later changed to TOREN,
obviously a geographical one, and, after the family's arrival in America, Anglicized to
Thorene. Nels died In Stillwater In 1908.

The mother of Hugo was CHRISTINA ANDERSON. She too was born in Smoland on
March 3. 1839. She lived a hale and active life on her Stillwater farm until her death at
the age of 94 in 1933. Her mother's name was MARIE ANDERSON, born in Smoland in

Hugo had 5 brothers - JOEL, TORE, JOHN AND WENDELL and [text doesn’t continue]

Hugo's brothers were JOEL, TORE, JOHN and WENDELL. Another brother, the oldest,
had died at the age of 4 years. His name was also Hugo – this seems to have been a
common practice, that of naming a subsequent child after one who had died. His sisters
were NELLIE AND VENDLA. Another sister, VENDLA, died in Sweden of scarlet fever
at the age of 11.

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Joel had 9 children
    Zipora died giving birth to her first child
    Benjamen saw heavy action in army In France during WW I - after coming home,
    was in an automobile accident, died of his injuries
    Jennie graduated as a registered nurse from Bethesda Hospital school of nursing -
    for many years worked as an office nurse for Dr. 0 I Sohlberg - died in early 30's
    from tuberculosis
    Alice married name is Schultz
    Ruth - now Mrs. Theodore Johnson of Chisago City where her husband has been
    clerk of court for the last 20 or 30 years
    Rachel and Diane are twins
    Another child died in infancy

Tore had 7 children
    Marcella Star

Wendall had no children - still living at _________________

John had 4                1st son, John, died – 2nd son also called John
John Junior is a dentist in Duluth


Edna became Mrs Fretheim, the wife of a Covenant church pastor and now lives in Mpls

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Nellie had 9 - became Mrs Van Tassel

    Chester Sherman married Martha Hoogner
    Prosper - became a Lutheran minister in the ELC

Mary - became Mrs Nord live In Hudson, Wis
    Elva - the youngest- also the 11th, therefore, her name which in Swedish means the
    number 11

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Source Document: Six typed sheets of plain onion-skin paper; 8 ½” x 11; typed on one
side; Document appears to be a list of brief “reminders” of stories and memories
associated primarily with the Thorene Family; Author not identified; not dated.

    •     “Black Beauty”
    •     Bumpa moving the stove down the outside steps for Mrs. So and So.
    •     The courtship of Walter Thorsell
    •     Half in and half out on the roller coaster at
    •     The trip west - the lunches supplied by the
          congregation the RR executive who had
          you ride in his private car
    •     Dr. Morkum - Dr. Crowe who thot he
          should have Katy
    •     John Piznosky and the ink well
    •     Bumpa's eerie ghost stories - the moving
          coffins at Eveleth - the tracks in the snow
          at midnight
    •     Bumpa walking from Eveleth - the wolves –
          “you aren't my Hugo”
    •     The old Ford on the way thru the
          mountains- packed in- the unpacking- how Bumpa drove -the Bad Lands - the
          narrow roads - the camp sites
    •     Ann Sundin and her voice - whistling false teeth
    •     Pumping the organ at North Oaks - the elusive organ pump handle
    •     Fishing for bullheads at North Oaks lake
    •     Bertha and her rouge after the sad funeral
    •     Bridegrooms - $2 and more later - the ring lost in the shoe - when Bumpa got up
          out of a sickbed to perform the marriage
    •     How Bumpa got stuck and 7 other preachers too - new member gag
    •     Mrs Peterson parsnips - ligament- "by golly" went to Jurp- her Martin did his, so
          now her turn
    •     "Smella po brettan"
    •     String quartet
    •     Donaldsons - girl who committed suicide - the girl who had the wheezened up
          farmer for a husband - the girl who married the rich Jew
    •     The buyer in leather goods - a date which never came off - Olson ? Silver?

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    •     McPhail - date with salesman - "the Lord saved me that night” because of a
          too-long Shakespeare lesson.
    •     Kiki - Cookie on nose - the rug - sunstroke and buriel
    •     Peach tree that Bumpa planted
    •     The kids who held you out the window because they were mad at Bumpa
    •     Mirrors in the back yard - "Helsingland and surstrumming"
    •     The argument with the neighbor next door - lilacs over the line
    •     Playing - "she didn't care how well or bad I played - she only wanted to save the
    •     Queen of the parade at Auburn
    •     High school dance at Auburn - the deacon who swiped your party dress for you
    •     Trip to Vancouver - the beer drinking deacon - getting past the Customs
    •     Horseback on the mountain trail - the apples and how the horse ate them
    •     Playing for the lumberjacks - wrist watch - barn dance
    •     Lost in the fog
    •     Caught by the tide
    •     Hugo fishing for salmon with the Indians
    •     Hugo shooting [pigeos] and loons from the roof of the [sherrif]
    •     Lilly and her harp - the summer house - the Seaman's mission
    •     Luther League at the Miss on [on] Washington Square - pumping the organ -
          Elsie and her knees
    •     Diamond ring - Bagley's to make a choice - Hanna and Dick – couldn’t see its
          size because of tears - how Dad picked it out- Mr. Murphy
    •     "Come where the lillies bloom"
    •     Hugo - State Fair - Mussolini and Hitler - how hurt with old Model T - Art Johnson
          running up and down the stairs - the dentist - the one-eyed fneeu -
    •     Hugo's phonograph and records in the back seat of his car - sometimes in the
          front seat so that girls wouldn't sit with him - his cane, mustache. derby at
    •     Eat out with Bumpa - Forum cafe - when invited out and couldn't eat, Bumpa
          would help you out.
    •     Ashamed of Bumpa's big stomach, especially when he walked down hill - walked
          on the other side of the street - his Panama hat with the [bid] black band - the
          watch fob
    •     Bob and his [lng] feet – “if could just cut some off”
    •     Donaldson's how i pestered them for job - the NRA - Mr. Shaper -
    •     Doug and Bun with Dougie when Aunt Kate had Jimmie

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    •     When Priscilla had her kittens - Karen left one hidden when the rest were taken

    •     Proposals and the like
                 Angus McFee
                 Law Berston - his confiding in Bumpa he wanted one of the Thorene girls,
                 he didn't care which one - on handkerchief and bended knee
                 Clarence Nelson
                 Reuben Youngdahl
                 The hoofer
                 Herbert Warner
                 Wittich, the druggist's son - masquerade - the Odd Fellows
                 Gus Johnson and his tuba - Soonie
                 Arnie Frandeen - housework
                 Milton Anderson
                 Jay Gendler - fat- nice family - grocery store in Blue Earth
    •     Fair in basement at Lebonan - a kiss for a nickel - the judge's court
    •     Edith and Dave - heart trouble and icthyosis

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