Carl Tingquist (1887-1990), immigrated from Sweden aboard the HMS Caronia in early 1905 as Carl Gustafson. He changed hs name to Tingquist, since so many incoming Swedes were already “sons” or “sens” and heard many “Quists” so took his home town in Sweden (Tyngsrud) and added a “quist” to it – Tingquist.
Child term for individuals born in Sweden
August Wedell (1863-1919) was born in Husaby, Västra Götaland Län, Sweden on August 18, 1863 and emigrated in 1887. August's last name was originally Svensson, but was changed to Wedell when he arrived in the United States. A family story recounts that the surname was changed because there were too many incoming Swedes with the name Svensson.
1902 City Directory. Algot Peterson was born in Sweden in 1850 and emigrated in 1881. He lived at this address with his wife Ellen. Alogot died in 1935 and is buried in Union Cemetery, Maplewood, MN, according to Find a Grave.
Dale and Bumgardner payroll. Emile R. Hegg worked on the grading of the Capitol grounds as a teamster. He was born in Sweden in 1874 and emigrated in 1884.
Most of the workers who constructed the Minnesota Capitol belonged to unions. While a specific union affiliation has not been found for Hegg, the Teamsters were organized in St. Paul at the time the Capitol was built, so he was most likely a union member. John Geary, who also worked grading the Capitol grounds, was founding member of Teamsters 120.
Dale and Bumgardner payroll. Erick Turnquist was born in Sweden in 1879 and emigrated with his family in 1884. The family moved to St. Paul from Grantsberg, Wisconsin in 1903 and Erick went to work as a teamster.
1904 City Directory. Henry A. Ostedt was born in Sweden in 1859 and moved to St. Paul in 1889. He and his Swedish born wife, Tilda Muhrbeck (1862-1942), were married and raised their family here. The couple had eight children, four who died before the age of six and four, among them Henry Jr. and George, who lived to be quite old. Their other children were Esther (1886-1892), Hannah (1908-1909), Joseph (1888-1974), Julius (1891-1892), Martin (1896-1898) and Myrtle (1903-1996).
1904 City Directory. Stonecutter Martin Nelson was born in Sweden in 1870 and came to Minnesota in 1888.
1903 City Directory. John Cling was born in Sweden in 1850 and emigrated in 1882. He lists his occupation as "blacksmith" in the census reports though he worked on the Capitol as a laborer.
1903 Payroll and 1905 City Directory. Peter Gustafson was born in Sweden in 1884 and emigrated with his wife and newborn daughter in 1898. He was paid as a carpenter in 1903 though he said he was working as a laborer for Butler Bros. in the 1905 City Directory.
1904 City Directory Edward Anderson was born in Sweden in 1866 and came to Minnesota in 1888. In 1904, when Edward was working on the Capitol as a laborer, he was living at this boarding house with his wife, Gertrude, and their new baby. Olaf B. Hanson also lived here.