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Brita (Bessie) ERICKSON

Brita (Bessie) ERICKSON

Female 1877 - 1965  (87 years)

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  • Name Brita (Bessie) ERICKSON 
    Born 12 Sep 1877  Rättvik, Dalarnas län, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Baptism 31 Oct 1958  Grace Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Confirmation 31 Oct 1958  Grace Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    MN Death Cert Checked
    Minnesota Death Certificate 1965-MN-003210 
    Occupation Tailor 
    Died 22 Feb 1965  Hopkins, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • “Bess died at 3:30 this morning.”
    Buried 24 Feb 1965  Sunset Memorial Park, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Greg Loftness’s family tree on Ancestry calls her “Mårs Brita Bess Erickson,” born on or in Mårs in Rättvik. Greg Loftness also has Bess’s departure as 5 May 1884 from Vikarbyn. That date is based on the family’s entry in “Sweden, Emigrants Registered in Church Books.” She departed with both parents.

      Cora called Bess "the best person who walked in two shoes."

      Rattvik is located in Dalarna province on Lake Siljan in Sweden's central "lake district." Dalarna is considered the most Swedish of all of Sweden's 24 provinces. From it, Gustav Vasa recruited the army that freed the country from Danish domination in the 16th century. Bess was five years old when her family emigrated from Sweden in 1882 or 1883.

      The Ericksons were living at Franklin and Minnehaha when Bess met Al Carlson. Al and Bess were married at the end of March, 1895, in Nelson, Wisconsin, across the river from Wabasha, Minnesota. Bess and Al were in Wabasha when Maurice was born.

      Bess and Al ran a hardware store with Maurice near the corner of 38th and Chicago (SE corner, 2nd from the corner, Martin grocery store was on the corner). They were running the store when Maurice and Cora married. About that time Bess and Al moved to Minnetonka. (Maurice and Cora lived with them there for about a year-and-a-half between September of 1916 and May of 1917.) Then Bess and Al moved back into town to 40th and 11th Avenue. From there, in about 1920, they sold everything and moved to California. They stayed in California for less than a year. When they returned, they stayed with Maurice for three years (1921-1924, at 39th and Bloomington?) and then built the houses on Minnehaha Avenue. Bess lived in the Minnehaha house until November of 1960 when she moved to live with her grandson at 2239 East Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington. She spent her last few months of life in a nursing home in Hopkins where she died.

      In the 1930 census, Maurice's and Bess's houses are shown as worth $7500 each. Bess was renting out part of her house at $35/mo to Arthur and Violet Nash. He was a school teacher, she was a hairdresser. Bess is shown as having emigrated in 1883.

      In the 1940 census, Bess is shown as having no income. Her house is worth $3000. Living with her is Clara Lynch, lodger, a 48 year-old divorcee who worked as a housekeeper in a private home. Living in the other apartment at 4228 Minnehaha was Harold and Ann Cleven, both 30 years old. Their rent was $38 per month.

      Cora refers to Bess having a store at the time of the Armistice Day Blizzard in 1940. There is no indication of this in the city directories.

      Bess apparently avoided the inevitable divorce from Al as long as she could. Cora says that Bess bribed Al to stay with her.

      Bess spent quite some time in the hospital in the spring of 1943.

      Bess was a piano player and an artist and a "healer." She played the piano in a Swedish ladies' society and at some point played the piano at the Dania Hall on Cedar Avenue near Riverside. She rarely missed a Svenskarnas Dag at Minnehaha Park. She was at Minnehaha Park on June 17, 1956, at the time her son died.

      Bess may have been at Minnehaha Park on June 17, 1956, celebrating a “Svithiod Day” outing. This was apparently a mid-summer festival (“dancing, good food, entertainment”) held annually by the Independent Order of Svithiod of which Bess was a member of the Society’s #49 Harmony Lodge. Bess had been admitted as a member of Harmony Lodge on June 6, 1923.

      The Independent Order of Svithiod was founded in 1880 and had extensive membership, in the form of lodges, in the Twin Cities as well as the Chicago areas. In 1965, in an issue of its journal that included mention of Bessie Carlson’s death, the Order had a nursing home in Niles, Illinois, and published its journal out of Mount Morris, Illinois. The headquarters was at 205 West Wacker Drive in Chicago.

      Bess was also a member of what she and they referred to as the “Swedish Sisters.” This had to be different from the Harmony Lodge because the Svithiod Order was for men and women. Several of the “Swedish Sisters” indicated as such when the entered their names in the guest book for Bess’s funeral. Several members of the Harmony Lodge also indicated as such when they entered their names in the guest book. The Harmony Lodge also sent flowers for Bess’s funeral.

      Bess moved to the Hopkins Nursing Home at 724 Washington Avenue S. in Hopkins at the end of September, 1964.

      Bess came to religion late in life and was baptized in her 80s at Grace Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Pastor Harold Hofstad, pastor of Grace, officiated at her funeral. (Werness Brothers, Minneapolis)

      Bess died at Hopkins Nursing Home where she had been for 5 months. She died of pneumonia, a complication of cervical cancer. Her grandson Donald H Carlson was the informant for her death certificate.

        CARLSON, BESSIE  
      Minnesota Death Certificate ID# 1965-MN-003210   
      Date of Birth: 09/12/1877
      Place of Birth: OUT OF STATE
      Mother Maiden Name: JOHNSON
      Date of Death: 02/22/1965
      County of Death: HENNEPIN

      Bess’s funeral was at 1:00 PM at Werness Bros. chapel.

      Bess’s cemetery plot is Block 7A, Lot 73.

      Pallbearers were George R. Booth, Jr., George F. Booth, Durward Erickson, Leonard Reiland, Leonard Reiland, Jr., and Wallace Erickson.
    Person ID I12  Don Carlson's Tree
    Last Modified 23 Aug 2019 

    Father Daniel ERICKSON,   b. 17 Aug 1854, Rättvik, Dalarnas län, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1910, St. Francis, Anoka County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Brita (Betsy) JONSDOTTER (JOHNSON),   b. 25 Mar 1857, Rättvik, Dalarnas län, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1921, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 28 Nov 1875  Rättvik, Dalarnas län, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F21  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Johan Alfred CARLSON,   b. 12 Mar 1872, Berghem, Kånna, Kronobergs län, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1952, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 31 Mar 1895  Nelson, Buffalo County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wisconsin County Marriages on FS. As J.A. Carlson and Bessie Erickson. Parents S. Carlson, Emma Carlson, Daniel Erickson, Bessie Erickson.
    Divorced Dec 1929  Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • as Bessie Carlson from Alfred Carlson, reported in the 18 Dec 1929 editon of the Star
    Children 
     1. Maurice Edward CARLSON,   b. 30 Aug 1895, Wabasha, Wabasha County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1956, Bloomington, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Bess at Maurice's house
    Bess at Maurice's house
    Bess in front of Cora's and Maurice's house at 2255 East Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington. This is a Polaroid print, probably from the 1950s, and probably taken by Steve or Mayme Havier.
    Bess at Haviers'
    Bess at Haviers'
    This is a polaroid print, probably taken by Steve or Mayme at their house on the river road in St. Paul. Probably taken in the early 1960s.
    Bess and Mayme with Mayme's daughters
    Bess and Mayme with Mayme's daughters
    We know from the date stamped on the back of this print that it was processed by Brown Photo of Minneapolis on August 5, 1931. This picture was probably taken by Steve Havier of his family and Bess on a Sunday outing. Bess would be 53, Mayme 30, Marge 10, and Arlene 7.
    Mamie Havier and Bess Carlson
    Mamie Havier and Bess Carlson
    Probably from the early 1960s
    Bess in the 1920s
    Bess in the 1920s
    Bess Carlson
    Bess Carlson
    A hand-tinted and retouched version of a black-and-white photograph. Probably from the 1920s.
    Bess and Harmony Lodge
    Bess and Harmony Lodge
    This is Harmony Lodge, a Swedish women's club. Bess is on the right in the front. An 8x10 carefully printed and mounted in a brown folder by Halmrast Studio, Minneapolis. The picture probably dates from the late 1920s.
    Bess Erickson Carlson, Betsy Erickson, and Anna Bowe
    Bess Erickson Carlson, Betsy Erickson, and Anna Bowe
    This is a postcard that Cora apparently never sent. It is addressed to Miss Rhoda Ekum at Route 4, Viroqua. The message is My Dear Cousin Rhoda. This is my baby and her grandmothers. Vivian says many thanks for her doll she has a great time with it and she will try to remember you with something so you have it coming if you want get it before we come next summer but you will get it. Please write to me as I haven't very much time for writing. from Cora.

    The occasion is the baptism of Cora's daughter in November of 1917.
    Bess and family
    Bess and family
    Bess with nearly all of her descendants on Christmas Eve, 1953. Taken by DHC.
    Al and Bess Carlson
    Al and Bess Carlson
    May have been taken at the time they got married. If so, then Al is 23 and Bess is 18.
    Al and Bess Carlson
    Al and Bess Carlson
    Probably taken in the first decade of the 20th century when Bess was in her late 20s and Al in his early 30s.
    The Erickson children
    The Erickson children
    Taken in June of 1964 at Mayme's house in St. Paul. John is 64, Mayme is 63, Bill is 69, and Bess is 87.
    Bessie Erickson Carlson
    Bessie Erickson Carlson