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I have served as the Secretary/Archivist for the Forsgren Family Association for many years and have acquired a lot of material. It is my desire to make it all available through this blog so that all may benefit. But I am only one person and there are thousands of Peter A descendants. Please contact me and help by notifying me of errors or clarifications or to submit information and photos you might have.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, all the descendants of Peter Adolph Forsgren have been very the task of uploading all the photos, data and documents for this branch of the Forsgren siblings will be a very time-consuming process.... so...

Thank you so much for your patience!! ENJOY!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

FROM THE KIDS: Forsgren Life in Pioneer Times

The following article was prepared by Peter Forsgren descendant (through his daughter Sarah), 
Jean Tyson for her DUP camp meeting in May 2014.   She gives a wonderful synopsis of the work, play and family life of children during the settlement period of Utah.  She has given me permission to include her essay in our blog.  Hopefully it will be fun for the children of YOUR family to see how "easy" they have it!  [Photos & links added by Adele Austin.  None of the photos is of a Forsgren child]

      Peter Forsgren and Anna Knudsen came across the plains at the same time – Peter from Sweden and Anna from Denmark.  They had become friends during the journey across the Atlantic, and at the suggestion of one of their leaders decided to marry, so they could travel across the plains together.  They were married in Keokuk, Iowa by Peter’s brother, John Erik Forsgren, while the wagon train was making preparations for their journey to Utah.  Six months after leaving their homelands, they arrived in Utah.  It had been a very difficult trip, and hard times would continue for some time. 

          Oscar #5 tells that their first home was in a dugout, which they made. It was a hole in the ground about ten feet square and four feet deep.  A ridgepole was in the middle to support the roof, which was made by putting poles across.  Then willows, rushes, straw, and six to eight inches of dirt placed on top of that. A fireplace and chimney were made of rocks and this was used for cooking and warmth in the winter. When their log house was completed, the dugout was used to store vegetables, etc.  The children later used it as a place to gin cotton.  Oscar #5 says that a few years later, the young family would build another dugout as a place to live when they fled Johnston’s Army by going to Salt Lake and then to Payson, where they stayed for two years.  These two dwellings, the dugout and the log cabin, were built in the Old Fort (Davis Fort).  Later a small building was added for a combination church and school room as part of the Old Fort.  They stayed in or near the fort until the Indian troubles were over, then set about building log houses in other parts of the city; these were naturally very crude; Oscar mentions that one family used an umbrella in the house to keep the rain off the babies.

Sample of an early pioneer dugout.  Many were much more closed-in than this one, burrowing farther down into the ground so that you went down steps or a ladder to enter it.  This one would have been too open for the harsh Utah winters.   Families often shared their "home" with snakes & insects, but the shelter would have been better than living in a covered wagon box. 

     When they could afford it, they built an adobe house (late 1850's or early 1860's).  It was a room about 14 x 16 feet square.  Later a lean-to was built for the loom.  Next they built a kitchen, then added a granary.  North of the first room, separated by the hall, was the bedroom. There was an upstairs used as a bedroom and as a place where they kept silkworms. The boys would go for clay on the hill near by.  This was mixed with water and used on the walls, both in the adobe house and previously in the log house.(See photo of adobe house and other houses built by the Forsgrens; more about silkworms later.)

     To Peter and Anna were born 8 children, 6 of whom lived to maturity, 2 of whom died in childhood (Mary, #6, cause unknown, when she was 16 ½ and Lenora, #8, of diphtheria, when she was in her 7th year.)  The name of Elias Peter Forsgren, who was the only child born to Peter and Elize, his plural wife, is included in this report as he was accepted and loved by the family – just one more brother.

                                                                      DIFFICULT TIMES

     There were many difficult times.  Two of those times occurred in Sarah’s early years.

     First, in 1858 when Sarah was 4 years old, Olivia, 2 years old, and Adolph, 10 days old, the family moved south because Johnston’s army was expected, ant their intent was to put down a “Mormon rebellion.”   Brigham Young sent word for the Saints to gather to defend their homes and resist being driven out once more. Anna took her three children, and began to walk to Salt Lake City.  Peter stayed behind to secure their property.  He also took up the board floor of their home to make a wagon box so they could make trip, after which he rejoined his family. They were instructed to go to Payson to defend
Zion.  There they made a dugout, where they stayed until the conflict was settled.  When they returned to Brigham City, they found all their grain and foodstuff had been taken by Indians.  They had many troubles with the Indians in both Brigham and Payson.

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       Second, fear of Indians coming was a torture to Sarah. Often at night their whoops or cries could be heard.  Her father was frequently informed that Indians were approaching and he would leave his young family to help fight them off.  Sometimes, when the boys were out on the salt flats herding cows, the Indians would ride up on their horses and intimidate them.  The boys would make mud balls on the ends of willows and throw them at the Indians, who would then ride off.  The children heard the story of Sister Peters who was home alone one night, when she heard someone trying to open the door. As she approached, an Indian shoved his arm through the doorway.  Pushing a table against the door, she grabbed a butcher knife and ran the back edge of it along the arm. The intruder withdrew his arm and then left the premises as the woman screamed for her husband, even though she knew he was nowhere near home. Brigham Young encouraged the families to try to be at peace with the Indians, avoiding conflict as much as possible, and giving them food when asked.  In the Forsgren home, Anna frequently shared the little they had when Indians came to their home asking for food and sometimes clothing. The problems with Indians began as the Saints were crossing the plains and continued through their early settlement. As time went by, troubles between the Saints and the Indians gradually subsided.
                                                                  “I’M HUNGRY!”

          There were many hungry times in childhood days.  It was very difficult to get food enough to eat.  At one time a man from Salt Lake City drove some cows to Brigham City to get food for them.  One old cow was so starved that she kept nibbling at the bull rushes that covered the dugout. Peter asked permission of Brother Nichols to shoot it.  He said that he might get into trouble if he did, but if he saw that it could not possibly live, then he might shoot it.  This he did when the cow dropped from exhaustion and starvation. That, together with a little bran, furnished them food for some time.  Another time when a cow dropped dead it was determined that it had been poisoned.  As hungry as the people were, they hesitated to eat it.  One Sister said to feed some to her cat; if it didn't die, they would know the cow was edible.  The cat lived; the cow was divided and eaten.  No one suffered ill effects.

                Olivia #2:  In her words, “I was a frail child due to starvation both before and after birth.” The summer before her birth, another cricket scourge caused severe famine, leaving mostly roots for food, such as sego roots and wild tomatoes.  She was baptized “for her health” by chopping a hole in the ice when she was 7 years old.  Later she tells that they had a cow, but butter was a luxury, as most of it was sold.  She said that she scarcely knew what it tasted like until she was 16 years old.
 Sego bulbs were seldom larger than a walnut; more often the size of a marble

 Eli #5 tells that food was so scarce, especially meat, that when an animal died, the one who discovered it first would take the choice cuts of the meat. Sometimes they had to boil the cowhides to make soup. 
                Sarah #1, herded cows on the mountains east of town, and being fond of segos used this opportunity to satisfy her desires. She ate them raw.  However, they were also eaten cooked. During the summer months after her work in the home was finished, she would carry her father’s lunch to him in the fields and often assisted with his work.  Oscar #4 tells that before they had metal knives, forks and spoons, Father carved spoons from white birch found in the mountains.  Neighbors traded food from their gardens and orchards with each other.  The Forsgrens raised sugar beets and made brown sugar from them.  They ground wheat or sunflower seeds with a round rock on a flat rock and used it for mush cakes. 
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     Lorinda, daughter of Sarah #1 was known for her efficiency in preparing food well.  One of her “delicacies” was head cheese, which is made from pigs’ heads.  Lorinda’s  grand daughter  said, “Grandma knew how to utilize a whole pig.  I think she used everything but the squeal.”

For photos & description of how to make it, click here:  Head Cheese Recipe

     Elias #9 tells of picking peaches, cutting them and drying them in the sun.  “Instead of candy bars, we would have dried fruit to eat during the winter.”

     Some “specialties” mentioned were fruit soup, suet pudding, and head cheese.  Gradually, gardens sprouted, fruit trees began to bear, a variety of berries grew, and fields produced.

     (I remember asking my Great Grandmother Christensen how she got so old.  I was probably 5 or 6 years old, and she looked old as the hills to me.  She thought a moment, and then replied, “I ate a bowl of oatmeal every day.”  I then made up my mind that I would not grow old – I thought oatmeal was the worse of all breakfast foods.  Now I believe her, and I eat oatmeal almost every day.)
                    “ … AND WE WORKED – AND WORKED – AND WORKED!”

     Sarah #1, as the oldest of a family of eight children, many of the home duties fell on her young shoulders.  She helped with the children and also helped her parents weave cloth and carpets.  She attended school when her duties allowed (at that time, school was held about three months a year during the winter months), herded the cows, cooked, and took care of her younger brothers and sisters.  When crickets began to destroy their crops, the children helped to get rid of them: two children, one at each end of a long rope, dragged it over a field of grain to get the crickets to rise and move off the grain where they could be destroyed more easily.  She helped her father in the garden and fields.  She didn't write much about her childhood, probably because she was too busy.

     Oscar #4, tells that the children made tallow candles which their father used in his work as a janitor at the Court House, theater, and for meetings.  He cared for younger children and the cow, worked in the garden, ginned cotton in the dugout, and gathered mulberry leaves for the silkworms. It was interesting to learn that they raised sugar beets and made brown sugar from it.  They also ground wheat or sunflower seeds with a round rock on a flat rock and used it for mush cakes.  Actually the children helped with all the work, and all they had was produced at home. One of Oscar’s sons later said, “I don’t know how much schooling Father received, but he kept learning all his life.” The people were very united in everything and helped each other.  It was while working on a farm in Ogden that Will #7 met the girl he later married after visiting back and forth and some long-distance courting.  The people learned how to store their crops.  Everyone had a knife and a piece of flint, which they used to strike, sparks to make fires with.  When necessary, they borrowed coals.  They hauled winter wood from the canyons.

     Eli #5 attended school about three years.  He learned to sign his name, read a little, and was very good at figures.  They made many of the implements they used for farming, some of which were plows made out of old iron.  These were used to rake and scrape the ground.  They made their rakes of blocks, which they split and fit teeth of metal into.  They raised many pigs to sell.  These were hauled to Salt Lake City by ox teams, and flour and a little furniture were brought back.

      Elias #9, tells two great stories: 
            1) “Peaches in those days were called ‘seedling peaches’, not much over one inch in diameter. The trees were large and the method we used in harvesting them was to take a long pole and knock them off the trees, which was my lot.  Then we picked them up and haul them to a shady place where we would cut them and dry them in the sun.  My parents had long scaffolds on the
South side of the house filled with trays of peaches.  It was a common sight to go through the streets
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and see all kinds of sheds, even on the slopes of houses, covered with peaches drying.  We would dry several hundred pounds, which we would use for winter consumption.  The surplus fruit was exchanged for cloth to make dresses and shirts and for other household necessities.
               2) The silk worms had to be fed twice a day.  This is where I come into the picture.  It was my job to get my wagon, climb the mulberry trees, of which there were hundreds in Brigham in those days, and pick several burlap sacks full of leaves to feed the worms.  When the silkworm season was about to begin, we would clean out one of our three rooms of all furniture to make room for the worms, which were placed on trays, reaching from floor to ceiling.    

[This link will take you to a fascinating YouTube video of silk worm raising]  

     One of Sarah’s grandchildren tells more about childhood work: We made bars and bars of soap.  We went to the wheat fields and gleaned every head of wheat we could find; then we would help Father thresh it with clubs. Next we would fan the chaff out by holding it in a pan or large vessel above our heads, and the wind would blow away the chaff as we poured it down to the ground.  I was a proud little girl when I had gleaned enough wheat to sell and buy calico to make me a dress.”

     Another child about Sarah’s age tells of her duties:  “Very young children were given important responsibilities. As soon as my younger sister and I were large enough to hold an ax, we chopped all the wood, milked sixteen cows morning and night, and cleaned stables.  When I was nine, I was sent out on the hillside to herd the family’s sheep.  I taught myself to crochet lace, braid straw, and to make hats for my family and friends.  I never had any childhood.  It was work, work, work.” (This didn't seem like whining as much as just stating a fact.)

     Lorinda, daughter of Sarah #1, tells that part of a child’s education was that children were to be seen and not heard.  Children were taught at school when possible and by parents and older siblings. Strict religious instruction was given by parents in the home. Children also learned from the world around them.  Sarah herself tells what treasures books and papers were to this, since her father had to bring them from Salt Lake City by ox cart.

     Olivia #2 tells about helping Father gather hay in the field.  She also scrubbed the bare unpainted floorboards and steps every Saturday with water, soft soap, clean sand, and a homemade scrub broom (like a whisk broom.  Chairs also were cleaned this way.
                                              A BIT MORE ABOUT THE SILK INDUSTRY

     Peter Forsgren was a skilled weaver and brought this talent with him when he emigrated from Sweden.  Both of his wives – Anna and Elize – were talented weavers as well.  When Brigham Young encouraged the Saints to become self-sufficient, he encouraged occupations such as the production of silk.  Soon Peter, his wives, and his children as they grew old enough were involved in this home industry.  It is stated in the Forsgren Family Association Archives:  “It must have been a picturesque scene to see our Grandfather weaving carpets, with a clothes basket suspended by ropes from either side of the loom in which was a little baby, which he would rock with his hand while weaving.”

    Oscar #4 reports: When they could afford it they built an adobe house.  Later additions included a lean-to for the loom and an upstairs used as a bedroom and as a place where they kept silkworms. When Oscar was about 11 years old, he made the silk reel used by Aunt Elize when she demonstrated spinning and weaving at the Colombian Exposition in Chicago, 1895.  Father got his warp from the East. It was one of the first items to be imported. He wove cloth for people in other communities, even from Idaho. And Olivia #2 adds that Father sold some of the cloth he wove to pay for the children’s schooling.
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    The girls in the family helped with the production of silk. Their mother was the first to produce silk in Box Elder.  Family history tells that Peter and his wives wove yards and yards of silk carpeting and draperies in the Logan Temple.  Samples of his weaving were found under layers of cloth covering a table when their adobe brick home was recently renovated.  Photos of Peter’s work can be found in the Forsgren Family Archives.  Very interesting!

     Eli #5 helped with the raising of silk worms.  He helped to gather the cocoons for others to weave into cloth.  Definitely, every member of the family was involved in this home industry.
                                 AND NOW – AT LAST – ABOUT THE FUN TIMES!

     A history of Olivia #2 says the children had simple amusements: homemade swings, playing games with brothers and sisters, listening to stories told by parents. Young people enjoyed dances, in the courthouse on holidays and certain week day evenings; brought food; dances started about 8 or 9 p.m., with refreshments served at midnight; then dancing continued until 3 or 4 a.m.  Admission was paid for with farm produce.  

                                     Marbles have always been popular.  In pioneer times they were often river stones, 
or made of clay or wood.

     Oscar #4 taught himself to play the clarinet and the violin.  Eli #5 told that in the winter it was fun ice skating on the old pond when the ice was good; children also enjoyed sleigh riding.  Elias #9 comments, “We youngsters didn't have much time for recreation.  Our main amusements consisted mostly of playing baseball, spinning tops, and playing marbles.”  [Bands & choirs were formed.  Brigham Young believed the pioneers needed recreation and was careful to send people of all talents to the various settlements.]

   Another of the writer’s ancestors from this same time period says, “My brothers made a very large swing between two very large cottonwood trees, with a pole placed between them with a large rope fastened on it.  Two of the young men would swing us with long ropes on each side.  We spent many happy hours in my girlhood days.”

     From The History of Brigham City:  Peter and Alexander Baird organized a dramatic association. Peter A. Forsgren was stage manager. They performed during the winter seasons for about 20 years and sometimes traveled to other communities to perform.  They had rehearsals 4 evenings per week most of the time. Surely Peter’s family got to see and maybe even participate in some of the performances. And the tallow candles they made helped to light up the stage.

1.       Oscar #4:  Silk wasn't the only fabric produced.  Sheep, flax, and cotton were grown, so wool, linen and cotton cloth could be made. Cloth for the boys’ overalls was made from the coarse and darker outside part of the flax; sheets, etc., were woven from the better and whiter part.  When clothing was worn out, the material was used for making rag rugs.

2.       Eli also recalls: In the summer time we never wore shoes, and it wasn't long until our feet would get so tough that we could run over the rocks and not even realize we didn't have shoes on.  One time the crickets were so thick that when we walked along the sidewalk, the crickets would squeeze up through and between our toes.
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3.        Sarah’s daughter, Lorinda often helped others with their health problems. Mentioned in her history are some of the medical remedies used including mustard plasters, hot mustard footbaths, hot lemonade, paregoric, and lots of tender loving care.  Olivia #2 tells that later in childhood she had an inflamed eye condition.  A passing peddler told her mother to make a pack with coffee grounds and bandage her eyes with it; the condition was cured in a short time.

My reflections:  I have put so much time into gathering information for this ancestral history for our DUP meeting May 2014. But it won’t be complete until it is actually given. I will miss peeping through the windows of the beautiful home Oscar built, holding Mary’s silent hand, looking for nourishment for Olivia (including lots of butter), munching sego roots with Sarah as we sit watching the cows on the hill, helping Mother carry baby Adolph as they walk toward Salt Lake City, knowing it was the right choice to name my grandfather for his Uncle Eli, taking a closer look at Lenora’s doll, holding a sack for Elias as he climbs the tree to pick mulberry leaves, riding with Will as he goes a’courting his girlfriend, standing in reverence as I watch Peter rock a sleeping baby with one hand as he sits weaving at his loom with the other  hand – then if I still have strength at the end of the day, dancing the night away at the Court House with all the young folk and by the light of tallow candles.  I have indeed walked with Sarah and her siblings!
Prepared by Jean Tyson.

Ø      Peter Adolph Forsgren Family Association, Adele Austin, Archivist
Ø      The History of Brigham City, published by the Utah State Government
Ø      Brigham City History Project: Box Elder Fort
Ø      Box Elder News Journal: About Brigham City
Ø      Jean Tyson’s personal collection histories and other information as received from other descendants of Peter Adolph Forsgren                                                                                      page 6                                                                                                                                             
NOTE:   see also  for many more articles on pioneer times and Utah history.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Adolph Peter and Gehardena Jensen Forsgren's child #4 - 
   NORA REBECCA FORSGREN  and her descendants: 

Nora (or Leonora as she was referred to on some early records) was born on 19 Nov 1882 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co., Utah.  She married Lewis Roy Burnham on 8 Oct 1903 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  Nora died on 8 May 1972 in Malad City, Oneida Co., Idaho and was buried on 11 May in the Richmond City Cemetery, Richmond, Utah
   Lewis Roy Burnham was born 15 Jan 1883 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co.  He died 1 1/2 yrs. before Nora on 20 Dec. 1970 in Malad City, Oneida Co., Idaho.  He was buried on 23 Dec in Richmond City Cemetery.

[I thought that I had more photos of Aunt Nora and Uncle Roy, but so far I have not come across them.  Can any of you descendants help with that??  I have no individual photos of Roy]

MARRIAGE: Western States Historical Marriage Record Index:  Salt Lake Co, Utah Recs v.N p. 14  ID# 115016;   A 1936 FGS states that Nora and Roy were sealed by C.W. Penrose;  Also listed in Utah Misc. Marriage Index (SL film # 820,160).
    "Leonora R. Forsgren age 21 Resident of Brigham City.  Lic issued 5 Oct 1903  Salt Lake City;  Married 8 Oct 1903 in Salt Lake City to Lewis Roy Burnham by Elder Charles W. Penrose. " [This source lists Salt Lake Co Book O p. 14]

Adele note:  The following paper was among the things I inherited from my Grandmother, Alfrieda Forsgren Sorensen (Nora's sister).  There was an intense period where Grandma was collecting information from each of her siblings and having me help copy them onto family group sheets.  It was very important to her to get that done - and it actually formed the basis for my early genealogical training as well.  I am assuming that this is either Nora's or Roy's handwritten response to my Grandmother's request for data!

Adolph & Dena's daughters

 I believe this photo was taken in Feb of 1967 at our home in Boise, Idaho.  The occasion would have been my mother's funeral.  Rella was Alfrieda's only child and that is the only occasion I know of that Grandma Freda's siblings were all with her.
Edith, Nora, Libby, Alfrieda and Uncle Glen

Nora and Roy Burnham were the parents of 6 children:
Child #1 - Ruth Burnham, was born 31 October 1904 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co., Utah.  She married John Dellas Thomas on 11 June 1924 in the Logan Utah LDS Temple.  Ruth died on Christmas day in 1992 and is buried in the Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Cache Co., Utah.
     John Dellas Thomas was born 21 Sept 1896 in Lewiston, Cache Co., Utah.  He died 19 Jan 1985 [location unknown to me] and is buried in the Richmond City Cemetery.

[I have no photos of Ruth or John]
DEATH:  LDS Church Membership Record

BURIAL: memorial # 60591516 (contains photo of headstone)
Birth: Oct. 31, 1904
Death: Dec. 25, 1992
Family links:
 Spouse:    John Dellas Thomas (1896 - 1985)
 Burial: Richmond City Cemetery, Richmond, Cache County, Utah, USA
 Created by: Wes & Debi Grossnickle

Record added: Oct 24, 2010


BURIAL: Memorial #60591434 (has photo of headstone)
Birth: Sept. 21, 1896
Death: Jan. 19, 1985
Family links:
 Spouse:   Ruth Burnham Thomas (1904 - 1992)*
 Burial: Richmond City Cemetery,  Richmond, Cache County, Utah, USA
 Created by: Wes & Debi Grossnickle
Record added: Oct 24, 2010
also a photo on

The photo of him above was uploaded to the internet by another family entirely/

His parents are John W. Thomas (1863, Wellsville, Cache, UT & Fannie M. Blair (1876, Lewiston, Cache, UT)

Ruth and John Dellas Thomas were the parents of two daughters:  
   #1 - Floris  [still living as of May 2013]
   #2 - Eva Dean Thomas.  Eva was born on 15 Oct 1931 in Cornish, Cache Co., Utah.  She married Gary Eugene Smith on 25 July 1951 in Cache County. Eva Dean died on 13 May 1984 in San Mateo, California.  [I do not know location of her burial]
     Gary Eugene Smith was born 30 April 1932 in Burley, Cassia Co., Idaho.  He died either the 2nd or the 7 March 1998 in Redwood City, California.  [Burial location unknown]

 I have no information on any children born to this couple

Details For Marriage ID#538216
Groom Last Name:SMITH
Groom First Name:Gary Eugene (19)
Groom Residence:San Mateo, San Mateo, California
Bride Last Name:THOMAS
Bride First Name:Eva Dean (18)
Bride Residence:Lewiston, Cache, Utah
Place:Lewiston, Cache, Utah
Date:25 Jul 1951
County of Record:Cache

Nora and Roy Burnham's Child #2:
  Lewis Roy Burnham.  Lewis Roy, Jr. was born 6 Feb 1906 in Richmond, Cache Co., Utah.  He married Okell Hughes on 29 Aug. 1927 in Idaho Falls, Bannock Co., Idaho.  Lewis died 20 July 1986 in Arimo, Bannock Co., Idaho and is buried in the Arimo, Idaho cemetery, Bannock Co.
   Okell Hughes was born 9 Jan 1906 in Samaria, Oneida Co., Idaho.  She passed away 30 Sep 1978 in Pocatello, Bannock Co., Idaho and was interred in the Arimo Cemetery on 3 Oct 1978.

This obituary copied from the Marjorie Rawson Obituary Collection on

Details For Marriage ID#40009
Groom Last Name:BURNHAM
Groom First Name:Lewis
Groom Residence:
Bride Last Name:HUGHES
Bride First Name:Okell
Bride Residence:
Place:Idaho Falls
Date:29 Aug 1927
County of Record:Bonneville

Lewis and Okell are part of a family tree (following Okell's line backward) uploaded to by "halsy138".  That contributor can be contacted thru

CENSUS:  1940 Daniels, Oneida Co., Idaho.  Sheet 1B  Household 42 (renting) on Daniels Route
Burnham, Lewis Roy, Jr., head, md, age 34, occupation dry farmer, education:  High School, 2nd yr. (all household members born Idaho);  residence same in 1935
Burnham, Okell H., (informant) wife, age 34, md
Burnham, Lyle Ralph, son, age 12
Burnham, Beverly, daur, age 8
Burnham, James Lewis, son, age 6
Burnham, Bernice, daur, age 3

APPOINTMENT:  Appointments of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971p. 115 Oneida Co.
Name: Lewis R Burnham
Post Office Location: Dairy Creek, Oneida
Appointment Date: 11 Dec 1918
Volume #: 76
Volume Year Range: 1891-1930
Church membership record says death date is 13 July 1986

DEATH:  Memorial # 20332380 has photo of his headstone, front and back
Birth: Feb. 6, 1906
Death: Jul. 20, 1986
Married Okell Hughes Burnham, Birth 1/9/1906 - Death 9/30/1978. Children: Lyle R., Beverly, James L., Bernice, David R., Robert R..
Burial:  Arimo Cemetery, Arimo, Bannock County, Idaho, USA
   Created by: Bill E. Doman  Record added: Jul 07, 2007

Lewis and Okell Hughes Burnham were the parents of 6 children, four of whom are still living
Lyle, Beverly, James, Bernice, David and Robert
     #1 Child - Lyle Ralph Burnham, was born 2 Mar 1928 in Dairy Creek, Oneida Co., Idaho. I have no information that he ever married.  Lyle passed away on 9 Dec 2009 in McCammon, Bannock, Idaho.  As per his wishes he was cremated.

I have no other photo of Lyle Burnham

MILITARY:  US Dept. of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: Lyle Burnham
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 2 Mar 1928
Death Date: 9 Dec 2009
Branch 1: NAVY
Enlistment Date 1: 24 Jun 1946
Release Date 1: 29 Apr 1948
Branch 2: NAVY
Enlistment Date 2:  19 Apr 1951
Release Date 2: 14 Aug 1952

Served on the ship "Taconic"

Lyle was born on March 2, 1928 and passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.     Lyle was a resident of McCammon, Idaho at the time of his passing.

Social Security Death Index:
Lyle Ralph Burnham
Last Residence: 83250  Mc Cammon, Bannock, Idaho
Born: 2 Mar 1928
Died: 9 Dec 2009
State (Year) SSN issued: Railroad Board (Issued Through) (1951-1963)

OBITUARY:  Pocatello Idaho Family History Center:  Marjorie Rawson Obituary Collection:   (poor copy also in Fors Fam Assn Digital files)  Contains photo
from Idaho State Journal  12 Dec 2009
Lyle R. Burnham
McCAMMON - Lyle Ralph Burnham, 81 of McCammon, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at his home following an illness.
He was born March 2, 1928, in Dairy Creek, Idaho, a son of Lewis Roy and Okell Hughes Burnham. He attended schools in Arimo, Idaho, and graduated from Arimo High School in 1946. He then joined the U.S. Navy, where he attended Electronics School and graduated in 1948. He also attended the University of Utah for two years. Following his first enlistment in the Navy, he was recalled to serve again from 1951 to 1952, during the Korean War and was discharged as a chief petty officer.
    Lyle was a licensed commercial radio operator/maintainer, licensed amateur radio operator, licensed pilot, and a licensed aircraft A&P mechanic. He spent seven years in Kodiak, Alaska,, with Lockheed Aircraft Corp., tracking satellites when they first were launched. He spent four years in Japan and Okinawa teaching electronics to U.S. Air Force personnel. He also worked four years for United Airlines as a radio/electronics inspector/maintainer.
Since moving to McCammon from San Jose, California, in early 1972, he has been involved in farming. However, he continued to enjoy working with electronics at his home. He was a member of the LDS Church.
    Survivors include three brothers, James L. (Arlene) Burnham, Arimo, Idaho,  David R. (Linda) Burnham, Pocatello, Idaho, Robert R. Burnham, Firth, Idaho; two sisters, Beverly Ribble Batterton, Redmond, Oregon, Bernice Buchanan, Pocatello, Idaho; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
    In honoring Lyle's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service held later in the spring or summer. Arrangements are under the direction of Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave. Online condolences may be sent to the Burnham family at

     #6 Child - Robert Russell Burnham,  was born 18 Jan 1946 in Malad City, Oneida, Idaho.   He died 17 Nov. 2011 in Blackfoot, Bannock, Idaho.  [I have no information that Robert ever married.  I have no photos or other information for him other than the following short obituary]

 OBITUARY:  Idaho State Journal nov 19, 2011
BLACKFOOT - Robert Russell Burnham, 65, of Blackfoot, the son of Lewis R. and Okell Hughes Burnham and brother to James (Arlene) Burnham of Arimo, David (Linda) Burnham of Pocatello, Lyle R. Burnham (deceased), Beverly Butterton of Redland, OR and Bernice Buchanan of Pocatello, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Kimball Residential Care.
The Burnham family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dan & Angela Kimball for their help and friendship over the last 20 years.
Private family graveside services are planned.  Arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.  Condolences may be sent to the family at:

Nora & Lewis Roy Burnham's child #3 - 
     Harold Forsgren Burnham, was born 29 Jan 1908 in Richmond, Cache Co., Utah.  He died just before his 10th birthday on 30 Dec. 1918 in Richmond and is buried in the Richmond City Cemetery.  [I have no photo of this child nor any further information as to the cause of his death.  Burnham descendants, can  you help?]

These people are listed on; on and on

BURIAL: Memorial #60590065 has a photo of his headstone (visibile behind it is the headstone for his parents)
Birth: Jan. 29, 1908
Death: Dec. 30, 1918
Family links:
  Lewis Roy Burnham (1883 - 1970)
  Nora R Forsgren Burnham (1882 - 1972)
Burial: Richmond City Cemetery,  Richmond, Cache County, Utah, USA
Created by: Wes & Debi Grossnickle
Record added: Oct 24, 2010

[ be continued........]


  • The 8th and last child of Peter Adolph Forsgren and Anna Christene Knudsen was Rebecca Leonora Forsgren

Rebecca Leonora Forsgren was born 21 April 1872 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co., Utah.  She died of diphtheria just after 7th  birthday on 25 April 1879.  She is buried in the Brigham City Cemetery.


BIRTH :Brigham City, Utah LDS 1st Ward records

DEATH: Brigham City 1st Ward record list death date as 25th; Died of diptheria

BURIAL: Brigham City Cem B-18-22-3;  Sexton's records list dob as 4/29/1872 and dod as 4/26/1879.  
Headstone lists dob as 4/29/1872 and dod as 4/25/1879

The handwritten Sexton's Records (showing the different date of birth and death)

A word about the two photos of Rebecca.  The first one is in the possession of Andrea Lockwood who inherited it from her mother Erma Funk Walsh who likely got it from her mother, Lorinda Klem Funk.  I have no explanation why the photographer's imprint would say Copenhagen (Kobenhaven) unless somehow it was in the possession of Lorinda's husband Andrew George Funk during his mission to Scandinavia between 1909 and 1911. Perhaps he had a copy made while in Denmark.

 I suppose it is also possible that this is not really Rebecca....although the 2nd photo has her name written on it by another family member.  (The second, lighter photo, with arm in a different position is in the possession of Lester Lee Knight).  The fact that TWO separate Forsgren descendants would have this photo tells me it really IS Rebecca - taken about 4 years of age.  At first I thought the photos were identical until I saw the chair and arm positions are different in each one.   Anyone have any thoughts?

Friday, July 12, 2013


In June of 2013 I spent several hours with Clara May Forsgren Reeves, a great great granddaughter of Peter Adolph Forsgren.  She handed me the following account of the return of John Erik Forsgren to Sweden and of the baptism of his siblings and his father.  The history is only "new" in the sense that I have never seen it before.  It has now become my favorite account, simply because it contains a few details about the family's life in Sweden that are not included in subsequent, oft-repeated versions of this famous story.  It clarifies some things about the father, Johan Olaf, and adds some details about Christina's struggle to come to grips with her own conversion.  It talks about their occupations and trades.   The story is a translation  (and thus reads a little awkwardly in some places).  It was printed in 1884 in the Danish version of "The Morning Star" which was under the charge of Andrew Jenson.   I do not know if it was Andrew Jenson himself who wrote the historical sketch or if it was someone else.  I only note that it is the account written most closely to the actual event date I have yet seen!

Below is a photocopy of the title page of an 1884 edition available at the BYU Harold B. Lee Library

Here follows the translated story


This history was translated by Mona Jardine from the "Morgenstjernen---Et historisk-borgrafisk Tidsskrift.  Redigeret og udgivet af Andrew Jenson---1884." 
(See online: for a sample of a volume that is in the BYU library.   This is the “Morning Star; a Historical-Biographical Journal" – Danish version. Edited by Andrew Jenson)  Some changes or comments have been made in italics by Adele Austin as I retyped the version given to me by Clara Forsgren Reeves in June of 2013.  I have also taken the liberty of adding some paragraph breaks for readability] 

The First Saints in Sweden

            Peter Adolf Forsgren, a son of Johan Olaf and Christina Forsgren was born 26 July 1826 in Gefle, Sweden.  His mother died in 1832, when he was about six years old and since the father was a sailor and was seldom home, strangers mainly raised the children and Peter got a poor education.  When he was ten years old he began to work at a linen fabric [factory?] in Gefle, where he worked for almost 5 years.  Then he got a job on [in] a canvas factory where he worked as a foreman when his brother John in the summer of 1850 came to the country as a missionary from America to preach the gospel.
            John had twenty years earlier left home as a sailor and even though his family was overjoyed over his return, they were surprised that he came back as a preacher.  He had in his travels met with the Latter Day Saints in America where he was baptized and then went to Nauvoo.  Now, in addition to everything, he was along with Erastus Snow and two other brethren come back to start a mission in his homeland.  He star[t]ed right away to preach to his family and others and it wasn't long before he was known as a false prophet that had come from America to deceive people[.] 
            His brother Peter was influenced by his brother’s circular [circulating?] rumors and was scared away for a while even though he knew the Gospel that his brother preached was true.  While he thus staggered and didn’t know whether he should be baptized or not, one day while he stood by a loom he was suddenly attacked by terrible pain and cramps in his stomach and was totally helpless.  His lungs were next attacked to the point where all that saw and heard him decided that he couldn't possibly live.  In this lifeless condition, he was carried to his brother John, who had rented an apartment in Staden.  He practiced great faith in God in behave [behalf] of his dying brother and in a miraculous manner, with ointment (oil) and prayer he soon was strong enough to go to work in a Swedish mill. 
            By [In] the harbor outside the city [he was] there baptized for forgiveness of his sins.  This happen[ed] July 19, 1850.  Peter Adolf was also the first to be baptized by divine authority in [all] the Scandinavian Countries.  It was more than three weeks later that Erastus Snow baptized the first twelve people in Kobenhavn.  That same night he received the laying on of hands.  This mode of baptism soon became well known.  Peter Forsgren soon became the object of people’s conversation, the object of curiosity and people’s feelings was [were] that he was insane, that someone with good sense could let someone baptize him by immersion in our day.
            Among his strongest opposition was his sister Erikka, who was later also baptized.  When his brother was arrested and Peter was brought in for questioning to give his testimony in regards to his health because there was much talk against John E. Forsgren, because there was also talk about him having healed the sick.[,] Peter freely bore witness that he had been healed by the power of God by his brother’s laying on of hands.  There was a doctor, whose name was Nordbald [who] was encouraged to examine him, which he did with the help of instruments – and announced that he was well. 
            Peter continued to bear witness about the truthfulness of the Gospel to many [,] especially to the people who worked in the factory.  But it was against the law to preach, so he showed them the scriptures so they could read for themselves.  He soon made friends.
            In the meantime his dad came from America to look for his son John, back from his tour and in the summer of 1851, traveled to Kobenhavn, where he was soon baptized.  Then he traveled back to Gefle and there was happiness in the family.
            None other than Forsgren and his sister, along with two others was [were] baptized there in the district until Elder Mikael Johnson in 1852 came as a missionary from Denmark.  He baptized an elderly woman and a couple of others in Helsingland, where he was born.  But when Brother Johnson after a short time was deported and sent to Malmo in chains, the preaching of the gospel was stopped in that part of the country.
            It is reserved Skaane and the other southern providences of Sweden to be “the cradle” for Sweden’s concerns and not before more years there after the missionaries could have footings in the northern provinces.  In September 1852, Peter Adolf and his sister Erikka left their birthplace and traveled to Kobenhavn, where they immigrated to Utah in the John E. Forsgren Company.
            Peter settled in Brigham City, where he lives as one respectable and trustworthy man.  He works as first counselor to the Bishop in the First Ward plus other important callings.
            Christina Erikka Forsgren was born April 26, 1820 in Gefle, Sweden.  When she was ten years old she began to work for strangers and when her brother John came back in 1850, she was working for a grocer in Gefle.  She was very surprised to see him, because everyone thought he was dead since nobody had heard from.  Some of the first things he told his sister was that he was sent from God to save his family and relatives and that he had forgotten that his mother had asked of him on her death bed that he should see to it that his younger brothers and sisters wouldn’t fall into transgression.  Now he came to keep his promise. 
            The happiness to see her brother after so many years was hard to describe, but she had in a strange way been prepared for his coming.  In January 1850 or about six months before his coming, she was sitting in church [and] she was influenced by an earnest concern with her soul’s salvation and the minute the preacher entered the pulpit she was overcome with a strange feeling, a kind of weakness that started in her head and went clear through her body, clear to her feet.  Her bodily strength left her completely and she was carried away in a vision where she three times saw a big black dog, which she thought should be the devil and this made her decide that never again would she go to the Lutheran Church.  Then she heard a voice that said the present church was wrong, but on June 26th there should come a man with three books and all who wanted to be saved must believe the gospel he preached.  The voice also said that everyone who was saved must travel far away over the ocean.  It was not until they sang the last song in church that her strength came back.
            When the mentioned time arrived, the people in the area knew right away that he was the man and that the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants that he brought with him were the three books she had seen in the vision.  In spite of everything she still resisted for a while, but it wasn’t long before, after several conversations with her brother, that she was completely pierced with happiness and contentment that she wanted to completely turn to the Lord and her brother’s hands, plus show obedience to the gospel.  So on the fourth of August she was baptized.  In the very minute her brother let her down in the water, she saw a bright light that filled her soul with indescribable happiness.  That same evening when she received the Gift of the Holy Ghost her eyes were opened and she understood the principals of the Gospel clear and plain and when she read the Holy Scriptures it was like something whispered in her ears and explained the scriptures to her.
            After Mikael Johnson’s arrival she was invited to come talk to the Dean, who would try to [convince her to leave] “Mormonism”.  To embarrass and humiliate her, she was taken between two police officers to the Dean’s residence.  Here she gave cheerful answers and bore a strong testimony to the Dean and to those that were present, and the results of it was that the Dean who thought he could change her mind about Mormonism, was shamed by her and was glad when she finally went away.
            When her dad, during the harvest in 1852, was in Kobenhavn, John told him about polygamy which was practiced among the Saints in Zion[.]  After he came home he told his daughter about it.  She had at that time made the decision that she would never marry and[,] having a disgusted attitude towards matrimony, it was therefore hard for her to understand about Celestial marriage.  The following night she laid awake wondering about the new religion and the following day she could think of nothing else[.]  But that evening before she went to bed, she prayed sincerely to the Lord to manifest to her that the doctrine was from him.  While she was on her knees, she saw two persons in long white robes standing in form of white clouds in front of her[.]  One was a woman [,] the other seemed to be an older man with a bald head.  In the same minute she heard a voice that told her that the older person was to be her future husband.  She jumped up and walked back in the room, whereupon the woman form walked right by and seemed to disappear into the next room, while the man form came nearer and nearer to her until a maid opened the door and the vision disappeared.  She was thus left to think about the strange thing that she had just seen and the thought that she[,] a moral and virtuous girl[,] should some day marry a man who already had a wife was disgusting to her.  But [she] now came to the conclusion that polygamy was right.  After she arrived in Utah in 1853 the vision she had came true because she became the second wife to an elderly man with whom she lives as faithful member of the church in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah.  Sister Erikka was the first woman to join the gospel in Scandinavia in this dispensation.

            After the dad Johan Olaf Forsgren had been baptized in Kobenhavn on the twenty-ninth of August, he traveled back to Gefle in the hope he could bring some of his relatives into the gospel, but he was not successful because of his persecutors, so he went to sea and sailed different oceans for several years, then he taught school in the winter.  In 1863 he immigrated to Utah with help from his children and lived with his son Peter in Brigham City until he died in February, 1880.  He was born the seventeenth of October 1793 in Gefle, Sweden and started his sailor life at a young age.  Three of his four children accepted the gospel.

Monday, June 17, 2013

ADOLPH PETER FORSGREN child #5 - Leonidus Forsgren & Descendants

Leonidus and Bessie May Forsgren Descendants:  
     [This is very much a work in progress, so please check back often.  There are many descendants in Leo's line to account for!]
I am indebted to Clara May Forsgren Reeves who was able to provide so many of the documents and photos that are used in this collection.  She is a lovely person, and an avid Forsgren collector of information! It was only fitting that my visit with her should have taken place on the anniversary of her grandfather's death, 10 June 2013!

Leonidus Forsgren, was born 14 December 1884 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co.  On his birthday, 14 Dec. 1904, twenty years later, in Brigham City, he married #1) Bessie May Burden.  After Bessie's death  he married #2) Veda Colleen Nebeker (Gull) 24 Dec 1935 in the Logan LDS Temple (for time only).  Leo passed away on 10 June 1961 in Fontana, San Bernardino Co., California and was buried on the 15th in the Brigham City Cemetery.

     Leo's first wife: Bessie May Burden. Bessie was born 21 May 1884 in Salem, Kanosha, Wisconsin to John Talbet Burden and Sarah Ann Harvel.  Bessie died on 11 Jan 1935 in Corinne, Box Elder Co. and is buried in the Brigham City Cemetery.


DEATH:  Certif. of Death #8 (626)  Box Elder County, Malad Precint, Appledale (Corinne).  in poss. of Clyde Forsgren, Colorado.

OBITUARY:  Unnamed newspaper dated Jan. 11, 1935
   Corinne Woman expired today Jan. 11, 1935 after a two week illness.  Ends in death for Mrs. Leo Forsgren
    Bessie May Burden Forsgren died this morning at 3 a.m. at the age of 50 after a two week illness.  The body was taken to the Stohl Mortuary in Brigham City, Utah.  She was born May 21,1884 in Wisconsin, a daughter of John Talbet Burden and Sarah Ann Harvel Burden.  After her marriage to Mr. Forsgren Dec. 14, 1904 they made their home in Brigham City, Utah.  The later moved to Black Pine, Idaho and lived there for a time.  They then moved to Bothwell and lived there until 1926, moving to west Corinne where they lived at the time of her death.  She was a member of the LDS Church.
     Surviving are her husband and the following sons and daughters:  Leondius LeRoy, Willis, James Dean, Lester Harold, Leslie, Clyde C, Adolph Peter, Vilate & Grace, all of West Corinne; 6 Grandchildren, also 2 brothers George & Edward Burden of Brigham City.  Sisters Mrs. William Hartnell, Milwaukee, Oregon,Sarah Schnell of Colorado.
   Funeral services will be held Monday at one o'clock in the 3rd Ward Chapel where they formerly lived and burial will take place in the Brigham City Cemetery.

BURIAL:  Brigham City Cemetery C-11-14-6

Leo's 2nd wife, Veda Colleen Nebeker, was born 7 May 1892  to Ruben and Alice Lowe Nebeker in Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah.  She was married to Harry A. Gull in 1920.  Veda passed away August 30, 1966 and was buried in the Willard City Cemetery

Oops!  I mislabeled this photo.  This is Leonidus (Leo) and Veda - not Leo LeRoy

OBITUARY:  Salt Lake Tribune - Sept 1, 1966  p. B-11
     Willard, Box Elder County -  Mrs. Veda Colleen Nebeker Gull Forsgren, 74, Willard Box Elder County, died Aug. 30 in a Brigham City hospital after a long illness.  Born May 7, 1892, Willard, to Ruben and Alice Lowe Nebeker.  Married to Harry A. Gull 1920.  He died 1933.  Married to Leo Forsgren Dec 24, 1935.  He died June 10, 1961.   Member LDS Church.

     Survivors: sons, daughters,  Mrs. William L. (Mabel) Watkins, Indio, Calif., Mrs. Clair (Vyrna) Lange, Lester, both Fontana, Calif.;  Roy, Garland.  Box Elder County;  Leslie Glendale, Calif.  Mrs. Alfred (Violet) Whitaker, Roy:  Mrs. Darrell (Grace) Nelson, Perry, Box Elder County.  59 grandchildren;  15 great grand children.  brother, sister.  Kenneth Nebeker, Mrs. Fred (Melba) Wendel, both Willard, Box Elder County.   Funeral Friday 2 p.m.  Willard LDS Ward Chapel.  Friends call at home of Kenneth Nebeker, Willard, Thursday evening, Friday prior to service.  Burial Willard City Cemetery.

Leonidus known in life as Leo. Leonadus, Leonadius, Leon are all variant spellings showing up in other submitter's records. His death certificate shows Leonadus  (informant was wife Veda) but his obituary says Leonidus.  His father spelled it both ways in his personal record book

BIRTH: Adolph's personal record book in poss. of Adele Austin; Dec'd Members  File; Brigham City Cem Recs; 1988 IGI (which lists him as Leon);   Death Certif.
Brigham City 3rd Ward Recs at time of baptism list birth as 12/14 1882.

MARRIAGE:  To both wives: Box Elder Co. Marriage Licenses & Returns  Book 2 p.202 & Book 5 p. 601. (license has no number listed).  Dec'd Members file (GS 480,311 & 312) states Bessie  Burden died 11 Jan 1935.  Veda was the widow of Harry Alonzo Gull.  A FGS in my poss (info gathered from Leo by Alfreda) says Leo and Veda  married for time only in Logan temple. Veda died 30 Aug 1966.  Funeral  held in Willard, Utah. She is buried in Willard Cemetery.  Leo's marr. to Bessie was witnessed by his brother Oliver and Oliver's wife Kate.  Veda Colleen Nebeker is correct order of names (Funeral program in Adele's poss.) The following is from a history of Leo written by his granddaughter Patsy Leota Forsgren Stevens:
     ". . . He was married to my grandmother Bessie May Burden on the 14th of Dec. 1904 by Bishop Lorenzo Snow.  They were married in the 3rd ward in Brigham City, Utah.

DEATH: Death Certif. Calif State File # 61-060358 in Adele's poss. (Evid file #117).   Died at  home at 11:30 p.m. - Coronary artery occlusion;  Had lived in Fontana 12 years.
       Dec'd Members File 1942-1971 GS film 884,125;

OBITUARY:Obit from unnamed  newspaper dated 14 Jun 1961 in Adele's poss - evid file #115)  Funeral held in Perry Utah
OBITUARY:  Ogden Standard Examiner, Jun 12, 1961
  Perry - Leonidus (Leo) Forsgren, 76, Fontana, Calif., formerly of Perry, died Saturday at his home after a long illness.
   Mr. Forsgren was born Dec. 14, 1884, in Brigham City, a son of Peter A. and Gahardina Jensen Forsgren.  He married Bessie May Burden in 1907 in Brigham City.  She died in January 1935.
   He had lived in Black Pine, Idaho; Bothwell, Corinne and Brigham City and resided in Perry until 13 years ago when he moved to California.
   He married Veda Nebeker on Dec. 24, 1935 in the Logan Temple.
  Surviving are his widow of Fontana, eight sons and daughters, Leonidus LeRoy Forsgren, Garland;  James Dean Forsgren, Brigham City; Lester H. Forsgren, Fontana; Leslie Forsgren, LaCrescenta Calif.; Clyde C. Forsgren, Peter A. Forsgren, both of Grand Junction, Colo.; Mrs. Alfred (Violet) Whitaker, Ogden; Mrs. Darrel (Grace) Nelson, PErry; two stepdaughters, Mrs. William L. (Mabel) Watkins, Mrs. Claire (Verna) Lange, both of Fontana; 38 granchildren, several great-grandchildren, eight brothers and sisters, Oliver Forsgren, Mrs. Lester (Olivia) Anderson, boath of Brigham City; Mrs. Ray (Nora) Burham, Arimo, Idaho; Jack Forsgren, Howell; Mrs. Alfrieda Morgan, Boise; Rudger Forsgren, Glen Forsgren, both of Bothwell, Mrs. Chauncey (Edith) Hansen, Rigby, Idaho.
   Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Perry Ward chapel by Bishop Martella Nelson.  Friends may call at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Grace Nelson in Perry, Wednesday evening and Thursday prior to services.  Burial in Brigham City Cemetery, directed by Harold B. Felt Funeral Home.

BURIAL: Brigham City Cem: C-11-14-5;
BAPTISM: Adolph's Record Book confirmed 5 Jul 1894 by G.B. Reeder) ; also Brigham City 3rd Ward Recs (SL film #0025,675 p.221) lists baptized by A.P. Forsgren but confirmed 6 July 1894 by H.C. Reeder; 1988 IGI
BLESSING:Adolph's Record Book, blessed by Adolph Madson
SS:    FGS from Alfrieda given to Adele;  1992 Anc. File
SP:    Leo was BIC but a sealing to parents also performed in Provo Temple on 19 Mar 1980

Leo's Grand-daughter Patsy Leota Forsgren Stevens writes this of her grandfather:
    "The summer of 1961 we took Larry and Julie to California with us and my parents.  My grandpa Forsgren lived in Fontana Calif and we were going to go and stay a week with him.  My grandpa had had one leg off with diabetes and had a heart condition as well as asthma.  We didn't get to Fontana until late at night.  Grandpa was waiting and seemed to know that we were coming, although we had not told . . . How he knew I will never know.  I asked grandpa a little about his life.  Others had tried to learn something about it but he would not tell them anything.  He did tell me a little and I have it written down.  We had a lovely visit with grandp and step-grandmother. . . . The day we were to come home my grandpa said, "May God bless you."   I said, "May he bless you too, Grandpa."   Grandpa had said earlier that he wished he could die as he felt he had suffered enough for his mistakes.  That night Evan and I and our children stayed in Pintora with Evan's sister.  Mom and Dad were staying in Calif with Grandpa another week.   In the middle of the night I got up to go to the bathroom.  While I was in the bathroom I heard a noise, like a light switch being turned off and on.  When I came out no one was up and they were all asleep.  I went into the bedroom, closing the door behind me and got into bed.  No sooner had I got in bed than the door opened and I felt a presence in the room .  I could not see anyone, but a feeling of peace was very strong in the room.  I just knew my Grandpa Forsgen had died.  I did not say anything to anyone, but all the way home I felt that the phone would be ringing when we got home and that my Aunt Grace would tell me that Grandpa had died.   When we got home, the phone was ringing and it was Aunt Grace.  She said Grandpa had died the night of the day we had left California.  He had died in my father's arms with a heart attack.  I knew then that I had felt his presence the night before and that he was at peace.  I had to give my Aunt Grace information about grandpa to put in the paper as she did not have any.  I feel Grandpa was just waiting for me to come and get some of his life history as he would not give it to anyone else - and I don't know why."

Leo was a self-employed farmer.  No Social Security #

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:  Written by Patsy Leota Forsgren Stevens
    My grandfather Leonadius (Leo) Forsgren told me the following about his life.  He was born 14 Dec. 1884 in Brigham.  His father Adolph Peter Forsgren, his mother was Gehardena Jensen.  He was the 5th child in a family of 17 children.  His father was a millright at the woolen mills.  His grandfather was a carpenter.  His folks moved to Bothwell when he was  about fifteen years of age.  He farmed while he lived at Bothwell.  He lived at Bothwell until he was 20 years old.  He was married to my grandmother Bessie May Burden on the 14th of Dec. 1904 by Bishop Lorenzo Snow.  They were married in the 3rd Ward in Brigham City, Utah.
    Leo met Bessie through his uncle Pete Jensen who was dating her at the time.  She was the third girl Leo had dated.  Her father did not care for Leo and he did not want her to date Leo.  So they had to do their dating on the sly, or behind her parent's back.  They had to sneak out to go with each other.  When they decided they wanted to get married Bessie just wrote a note and left to it to her parents saying that she was going to marry Leo.  Bessie lived on the farm with Leo and his folks for six months before they were married.  Leo's father baptized Bessie a member of the LDS Church six months after they were married.
    Leo and Bessie lived in Brigham City for a year after their marriage.  Then they moved to Bothwell and lived there until 1914.  They went from Bothwell to Black Pine, Idaho.  They homesteaded there until 1918.  During the time they lived at Black Pine, Idaho, Leo was more active in the LDS Church than at any other time so he said.  Then they moved back to Bothwell and grandpa worked on the county roads in the winter and farmed in the summer.
    Leo had the privilege during his early married life of delivering two of his children into the world.  The two children he delivered were Leslie and Grace.  Both of them were born in Bothwell.  He also delivered one of Willis's children.
    At one time in 1931, Leo left his boots by a ditch bank and went to eat lunch.  When he came back and put on his boots there was a water snake in one of his boots.  He said he kicked the boot off so fasst and so high that it took a half hour for the boot to fall back to the ground.  He said after that whenever he saw a snake it made his blood run cold.   At another time he took his friend out to Stinkey Springs (west of Corrine).  His friend bet Grandpa that he could get undressed and into the pool before he could.  Well, his friend was soon undressed and jumped into the pool first, but he was back out real quick and chasing grandpa around and calling him names because the water was burning hot.  Grandpa was laughing when he told these two little stories about himself.
    Bessie died 11 Jan 1935 at Corrine, Utah.  She was buried in Brigham City Cemetery.  This was a great loss to him.  But he had children still at home to raise, so on the 24 Dec 1935 he married Veda Nebeker Gull in the Logan Temple for time.  The same day Veda stood in for Bessie and Grandpa was sealed to Bessie for time and all eternity in the Logan Temple.  Veda was already sealed to her first husband who was also dead.  She had two little girls to raise.  On the 10th of Mar 1936 Leo and Veda took the 3 children still living at home with them to the temple and had them sealed to Leo and Bessie.  The 3 were Violet, Pete, and Grace.  The other children were grown and living away from  home.
   Veda and Leo lived in Corrine where they raised turkeys and sold them to Sycamore's grocery store in Brigham City.  Later they moved to Perry, Utah, then in 1948 they moved to Fontana, California.  In 1957 Leo had his leg removed from the cause of diabetes and a sore on his foot that went into gangrene.  He had a heart attack and gall bladder attack then pneumonia all in the same year.  His favorite pastime was playing cards and his favorite game was pinochle.  He said he enjoyed playing cards very much and mom and dad played with him often.
    He told me that he loved my grandmother Bessie very, very much and that he had no greater love for anyone.  He told me these things while we were in Fontana visiting him.  This was June 4-7, 1961.  We left for home on Saturday June 10 1961.  My mother and Father had gone at the same time to visit Grandpa and they had a few more days vacation left so they were to stay another week with Grandpa.  Grandpa Leo Forsgren died that Saturday night in my Father's (James Dean Forsgren) arms.  He died of a heart attack.  His body was shipped to Brigham city and his funeral was held in Perry and then he was buried next to Grandma Bessie in the Brigham City Cemetery.
    Leo and Bessie had 9 children.  They are as follows:  Leondis Leroy, 10 July 1906, Willis 20 Apr 1908, James Dean 17 Nov 1910, Lester Harold 1 Mar 1913, Leslie 3 Aug 1916, Clyde "C" 14 Nov 1918, Violet 20 Jan.1922, Adolphus Peter 18 Apr. 1925 and Grace 30 Mar 192_.

LEO AND BESSIE HAD 9 CHILDREN.  Three are still living as of June 2013.

 From the family bible - in possession of  Clara Forsgren Reeves

Grace & Darell, Beth and Pete, Violet & Alfred
Clyde & Janet in front
The younger children of Leo and Bessie Forsgren with spouses


#1 Child of Leonidus and Bessie May Forsgren: 
Leonidas LeRoy Forsgren (known in life as "Roy"),  was born 14 Dec. 1884 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co.  Roy married Emma Eliza Horspool on 22 Aug 1931 in Ogden, Weber Co., Utah.  Roy died on 19 Dc. 1977 in Brigham City and was buried in the Brigham City Cemetery on 22 Dec. 1977.
     Emma Eliza Horspool was born on 30 August 1911 in Harper Ward, Box Elder Co.  She passed away on 7 Nov. 1997 in Ogden, Weber Co. and was buried Nov. 10 in the Brigham City Cemetery.

Emma Eliza Horspool - Ogden, UT, abt. age 17

From the Western States Marriage Index:
Details For Marriage ID#379519
Groom Last Name:FOSGREN
Groom First Name:Lonadus Leroy
Groom Residence:Corinne, Box Elder, Utah
Bride Last Name:HORSPOOL
Bride First Name:Emma
Bride Residence:Ogden, Weber, Utah
County of Record:Weber
[Life histories for both Roy and Emma will be inserted here as soon as I get them retyped or scanned]

Roy and Emma were the parents of 14 children, 10 of whom are still living as of June 2013.

Their #1 child - Leon Max Forsgen was born 7 June 1932 in Brigham City.  He died from injuries received in a car accident on 30 Dec. 1954 in Ogden and was buried in the Brigham City Cemetery.  He was unmarried at the time of his death.

BIRTH:  Ogden Standard Examiner, June 12, 1932
   "Mr. and Mrs. Roy Forsgren announce the arrival of a son, born Tuesday, June 7."

DEATH:   Died in Dee Memorial Hosptial of multiple skull fractures from a car accident .

Korean War, Single, age 23.

MILITARY:  Military Service Cards - Reel 06  (Ancestry.com_
Forsgren, Leo Max   Korean War Veteran
Box 204
Garland, Utah

OBITUARY:  Ogden Standard Examiner, Jan 2, 1955
Garland - Services for Leon Max Forsgren, who was killed Friday, will be conducted Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Garland First LDS Ward Chapel by Bishop Art Michaelis.  Friends may call tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rogers Mortuary in Tremonton and Tuesday from 10:30 until time of services at the family h ome in Garland.  Burial will be in the Brigham City cemetery.
BURIAL:  Brigham City Cem C-11-14-2

Roy and Emma's #4 child - Virgil Gene Forsgren, was born 5 Nov 1936 in Garland, Box Elder Co., Utah.  He married Evelyn Penman on 22 June 1959  in West Weber, Utah.  He died on 13 Sep 2004 in Logan, Cache Co and was taken to the Brigham City Cemetery for burial on 17 Sep 2004.

Evelyn, Virgil & Gene Forsgren at one of the Forsgren Reunions

Virgil and Evelyn have four children, all of whom are still living.

BIRTH:  Birth Registration from the department of commerce in which it states that this record is on file in the "Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics at Salt Lake City, Utah"
Baptism Certificate

MILITARY:  US Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958  (
Name: Virgil G Forsgren
Muster Date: Oct 1954
Rank: Private First Class
Station: Det "A" (Reinf) 1St Amph Recon Co Fmf Campen Calif

Name: Virgil G Forsgren
Muster Date: Jan 1955
Rank: Private First Class
Station: Casuals Casco Mb Ns Ti, San Francisco California
[These are samples.  Many entries on thru 1958]

OBITUARIES:  Ogden Standard-Examiner  17 Sept, 2004

BURIAL:    Taken from  Virgil Forsgren
Birth: Nov. 5, 1936 Garland, Box Elder County, Utah, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 2004 Logan, Cache County, Utah, USA

   BRIGHAM CITY Virgil Gene Forsgren, 67, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2004, at Logan Regional Hospital after a battle with cancer.
   Virgil was born on November 5, 1936, in Garland, UT, a son of Leondius and Emma Horspool Forsgren. He married Evelyn Penman on June 22, 1959, in Ogden, UT. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on June 11, 1964.
   Virgil served his country in the Marines for four years, where he received a Good Conduct Metal. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Virgil worked at Hill Field for 29 years, and then he worked for Radcam.
   He enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing, and he was well known for his service to other people.
   Surviving are his wife, Evelyn, Brigham City, UT; children: Joyce F. (Paul)
Robison, Salt Lake City, UT; DeAnn (Mark) Jensen, Wellsville, UT; Virgil Gene
Forsgren, Brigham City, UT; Gene E. LeRoy Forsgren, Brigham City, UT; five
grandchildren; ten brothers and sisters: Clara Mae (Boyd) Reeves, St. George,
UT; Josphine Vasquez, Garland, UT; Donald (Sandy) Forsgren, Roy, UT; Adele
(Robert) Sandman, Clinton, UT; Zorae Thorpe, Perry, UT; Caroline (Stephen)
Pope, CA; Velma Abbott Roy, UT; Morris (Della) Forsgren, Ogden, UT; Kenneth
(LeDean) Forsgren, Garland, UT; Sherry (Wynn) Zundel, Willard. He left behind
his two dogs, Snowball and White Fang.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Kevin, two brothers, Leon and David sister, Jennie Lee.
   Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Brigham City Twentieth Ward Chapel, 650 Anderson Drive, Brigham City, UT.
   Friends may call on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City, UT, and on Friday from 9:30 to 10:10 a.m. at the church.
   Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery with Military Honors accorded.
   Family request any donations be made to any America First Credit Union in Virgil's name.
[Obituary published in the Ogden Standard-Examiner 17 Sep 2004]
Burial: Brigham City Cemetery,  Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah, USA
  Created by: Rhonda  #46869790;
Record added: Oct 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43022990

Roy and Emma's #5 child - Jennie Lee Forsgren, was born 29 Aug. 1938 in Garland, Box Elder Co., Utah.  She died less than a year later from scalding injuries from a tea kettle on 7 April 1939 in Tremonton, Box Elder Co.

Jennie is buried in the Brigham City Cemetery, plot C-11-14-1E  

Roy and Emma's #13 child - David Kim Forsgren (called Kim) was born 14 Nov. 1954 in Tremonton, Box Elder Co., Utah,   He was killed when he was hit by a car, just short of his fifth birthday on 30 Sept 1959 in Garland, Box Elder Co.  He was buried in the Brigham City Cemetery.

Ogden Standard Examiner, 1 Oct. 1959
     Garland - A 4-year-old boy was killed instantly yesterday afternoon when he dashed into the path of a car on a county road just north of here.  His father witnessed the accident.
     The victim was David K. Forsgren, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Forsgren. . . .
Young Forsgren darted from behind a pickup truck into the path of a car diven by Suzanne Law, 16, Garland.  The child was thrown 103 feet and was decapitated.
     The boy had been riding in the pickup truck driven by his father, a meter reader for Garland.  The father had left eht truck moments before the accident.  Hightway Patrolman Ralph Kotter investigated.  There was no citation issued.

OBITUARY:   Ogden Standard Examiner, Oct. 1, 1959 (has a photo, but on-line copy not good)
    David Kim Forsgren.  GARLAND - David Kim Forsgren, 4 year old son of Roy and Emma Horspool Forsgren, of Garland, was killed yesterday when struck by a car.
    He was born Nov. 14, 1954, in Tremonton.
    Surviving are the parents, the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. Josephine Vasquez, Virgil, Adele, Caroline, Zorae, Velma, Sherry, Morris and Kenneth Forsgren, all of Garland;  Miss Clara May Forsgren, serving an LDS mission in Rhode Island;  Donald Forsgren, with the Army at Ft. Sill, Okla; two grandfathers, Leo Forsgren, California, and John W. Horspool, Ogden.
    Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 12 noon in the Garlnad LDS First Ward Chapel by Bishop Earl Arnold.  There will be no viewing.  Friends may call at the Rogers Mortuary in Tremonton tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until services.  Burial in Brigham City Cemetery.

BURIAL:  Brigham City Cem.  C-11-14-1W

Roy and Emma's remaining children are:  Clara, Josephine, Donald, Adele, Caroline, Zorae, Velma, Sherry, Morris and Kenneth.

[come back for more.....]

#2 Child of Leonidus and Bessie May Forsgren: 
Willis Forsgren, born 30 April 1908 in Bothwell, Box Elder Co.

Willis, holding his younger sister, Grace.  His brother Lester is in front.  Photo taken abt. 1928

Willis married 1) Emily Carter on 5 April 1929 in Brigham City.  He filed for divorce in Oct, 1931. The action was finalized 15 Dec. 1931 with Emily receiving custody of their daughter, Della.
Willis married #2) Ila Marie Buckley  on 17 Nov 1931 in Elko, Elko Co., Nevada.  They were sealed on 14 July 1932 in the Logan Temple. Ila filed for divorce on 2 Sept 1938.  They were the parents of four children.
Willis married #3 Emma Leone Buckley.  [I do not have an exact date] Most family sources give 1940 as the date in Claremont, California.  In May of 1940 he is listed as brother-in-law, living in the household of Emma in Seal Beach, California.  Both are listed as divorced.  Two daughters were born to this marriage.

 [Note:  I have no photos of either Emily Carter or of Emma Leone Buckley]

Willis died 2 Feb 1950 at Los Angeles County Hospital, Claremont, as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He is buried in San Bernardino. [ A typescript copy of an article about the incident (from an unnamed newspaper) is in the Forsgren Family Assn. digital document files.  I have opted NOT to include it on this blog.  Close family members may contact me directly]

DEATH:  California Death Index, 1940-1997  (
Name: Willis Forsgren
Social Security #: 0
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 19 Apr 1908   Birthplace: Utah
Death Date: 2 Feb 1950   Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Burden
Father's Surname: Forsgren
Willis & Emily Carter: 
 MARR: Western States Historical Marriage Record Index: Box Elder Co., Utah Recs
Details For Marriage ID#222636
Groom Last Name: FORSGREN
Groom First Name: Willis
Groom Residence:
Bride Last Name: CARTER
Bride First Name: Emily
Bride Residence:
Place: Brigham City
Date: 05 Apr 1929
County of Record: Box Elder
State: Utah
Volume: 4
Page: 506

CENSUS:  1930 U.S. Census of Placer, Township 14, District 28, California.
Forsgren, Willis, head, age 21 (same ages at first marriage.  both born Utah) Father born Utah, mother born Nebraska.  He is a laborer at a fruit farm
Forsgren, Emily, wife, age 20(same age at first marriage), born Utah, father born Utah, mother born Kansas

DIVORCE:  Ogden Standard Examiner 16 Oct 1931.
     Willis Forsgren has filed an action in the district court on Oct. 15 for a divorce from Emily Carter Forsgren, claiming that the defendant deserted him about a year ago.  They were married in Brigham City in 1929, and have one child, a daughter, aged fourteen months. "

Ogden St. Examiner, Tuesday Evening, 15 Dec 1931
    "Emily Carter Forsgren was given a divorce from Willis Forsgren by Judge Harris on Monday.  Mrs. Forsgren was the defendant in the case, but was awarded the custody of their one child, $15 per month alimony and $50 attorney fees.  The couple were married on April 15, 1929.

Emily Carter was born 4 Feb 1909 in Provo, Utah Co., Utah.  She died 15 Aug 1981 in Cortez, Montezuma Co., Colorado and is buried there.  After she and Willis were divorced she married Frederic Warren Stuckman on 3 Dec. 1934, in Durango, Laplata Co., Colorado.  Together they had 6 children., two of whom are deceased:  Bobby Gene (31 Jan 1939-30 Dec. 2007, buried in Summerville Cem, Union Co. Oregon, [obituary on file]  and Edward Irista Stuckman (born 11 Oct 1944 - date & place of death unknown to me)
      Her parents are Almon Irista Carter & Ollie Ardella Bray - Information from  (FamilyTreeMaker Online)

CENSUS:  1940 Census of Ignacio, La Plata, Colorado  Sheet #14A
Stuckman, Fred, head, age 27, born Colorado, finished 6th grade, lived in Durango in 1935, farmhand
Stuckman, Emily, wife, age 31, born Utah, finished 8th grade, lived in Durango in 1935
Stuckman, Ruth E, dau, age 4, born Colorado
Stuckman, Frederick E, son, age 2, born Colorado
Stuckman, Bobby G., son, age 1, born Colorado
Della I Forsgreen, stepdaughter, age 9, born Utah

     Willis and Emily's only child, a daughter, Della Iona Forsgren, was born 19 Jun 1930 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co.  She married  John Manuel Medina on 2 Feb 1948 in Aztec, San Juan, New Mexico.  She had at least three children with him, Della, John & Virginia.  (John George Medina died 16 Sep 2002 in Larned, Pawnee Co. Kansas).  Della Iona also bore children by her stepfather, Frederic Warren Stuckman. It is not known if there was a marriage between them or not   Her daughter Eunice was adopted by Mr. Medina.  Eunice was born in 1947 and died 30 Mar 2009 & was cremated in Colorado. [Obituary on file].

OBITUARY:  Della I. Medina
     LARNED - Della Iona Medina, 76, died Oct. 10, 2006, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita.
      She was born June 19, 1930, in Brigham, Utah, the daughter of Willis and Emily Carter Forsgren. A resident of Larned since 1974, recently moving to Wichita, she was a retired Fuller Brush Co. employee.
      She belonged to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Altar Society, Larned.
      On Feb. 2, 1948, she married John Manuel Medina in Aztec, N.M. He died Jan. 29, 2000.
      Survivors include: three daughters, including, Della "Gina" Timmons, Great Bend; four half brothers; two half sisters; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
      Parish vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday [18 Oct] at Morell Funeral Home, Larned. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Larned, with Father Bernard Felix presiding. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Larned Cemetery.
     Memorials may be sent to Welcome Inn Seniors or St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, both in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 124, Larned, KS 67550-0124.

Willis and  2nd wife:  Ila Marie Buckley: 
 MARRIAGE: Western States Historical Marriage Record Index: Elko Co., Nevada
Details For Marriage ID#304547
Groom Last Name:FORSGREN
Groom First Name:Willis
Groom Residence:
Bride Last Name:BUCKLEY
Bride First Name:Ila
Bride Residence:
Date:17 Nov 1931
County of Record:Elko
A second entry gives the following information:
SEALING Marriage:   Western States Historical Marriage Record Index:: Cache Co., Utah Recs v.14 p.471.  This record lists her as Marie Ila.
Details For Marriage ID#183384
Groom Last Name: FORSGREN
Groom First Name: Willis
Groom Residence:
Bride Last Name: BUCKLEY
Bride First Name: Marie Ila
Bride Residence:
Place: Logan
Date: 14 Jul 1932
County of Record: Cache
State: Utah
Volume: 14
Page: 471

DIVORCE:  Ogden Standard Examiner, 3 Sept 1938
"Neglect Charged in Divorce Case
   Brigham City, Sept. 3 - Ila Marie Forsgren filed suit for divorce today in district court against Willis Forsgren on charges of failure to provide.  They were married in Elko, Nevada, Nov. 14, 1932, and have four children.
    Mrs. Forsgren asks the custody of the children and $40 a month alimony."

Ila Marie Buckley was born 9 Feb 1914 in Logan, Cache Co., Utah.  She died 10 Jun 1994 in Bountiful, Davis Co., Utah and was buried 13 Jun 1994 in Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.  After her divorce from Willis Forsgren she married Joshua Stewart.  They had one daughter.  He had also been previously married. Mr. Stewart died in 1980

Willis and Ila Marie had four children. When Ila remarried two of their four children (Leonard & Joyce) were adopted by a family who were unable to have children of their own (last name Severson).  Three of Ila & Willis' children are still living as of June 2013.  Their third child, Leo Sherman (or Sherman Leo, depending on which record you search) is deceased:
     Leo Sherman Forsgren, was born 22 Jan 1938 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co., Utah.  He has been married several times and has been divorced from all the wives I have records for:
     #1 Wanda Jean  [ surname withheld because she is still living] , married 1958.  At least one child, a son.
     #2  Betty Marie [living, surname withheld] married 1964 in Elko, Nevada.  They had at least one child together, Robert Gene Forsgren, born 7 Mar 1965 born Salt Lake City.  He died just two months later  on 16 May 1965 in Salt Lake City and was buried on 19 May in the Elysian Burial Gardens, Salt Lake.
     Obituaries:  Listed in Salt Lake Tribune, May 17, 1965 (Monday)
        Robert Gene Forsgren
        Robert Gene Forsgren, 2 month-old son of Sherman Leo and Betty Boyce Forsgren, 720 W. 1390 S.,    died of natural causes Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at his home.  Born March 7, 1965.   Survivors:  Parents; half brother, half sister, Gerald Louis Herzog, Diana Marie Herzog; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Tew, all Salt Lake City.  Graveside services Wednesday 11 a.m., Elysian Burial Gardens.  Friends call 36 E. 7th S, Tuesday 6-8 p.m., Wednesday prior to services.
     #3  Louise Ann Thompson, md 1970 in Las Vegas.  Divorced Feb 1971 in Los Angeles.  [Do not know if any children were born to this union]
     #4  Melody J Bushdiecker  married 1973 in Las Vegas. Divorced 29 Sep 1977 in Las Vegas. [Do not know if any children were born to this marriage]
     #5  Helen Marlene Lantz   married Oct. 1977 in Reno, Nevada;  Divorced 3 June 1998 in Washoe Co., Nevada  [Again, I have no information on children born to this marriage]
Sherman passed away 6 Sep 2011 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co. Tennessee and is buried there

This birth certificate provided by a grandson.  I include it to show that at least on THIS document he is listed as Leo Sherman, not Sherman Leo
This same grandson says that Sherman served in the military.

DEATH:  Leo Sherman Forsgren, 73, Clarksville, TN, died 09-06-2011.
Arrangements: Neal-Tarpley-Parchman (931) 645-6488.
Published in The Leaf Chronicle on September 9, 2011
[of Clarksville, Tennessee - Died at Gateway Medical Center]
No services are planned

US Obituary Collection on lists the death date of 6 Sep 2011 in Clarksville.

Social Security Death Index (
Leo S. Forsgren
Last Residence:  Clarksville, Montgomery, Tennessee
Born 22 Jan 1938;   Died 6 Sep 2011
SSN issued:  Utah

Sherman Forsgren close to the time of his death

Willis Forsgren& 2nd wife, Emma Leone Buckley: 
     Emma Leone Buckley is the older sister of Willis' 2nd wife, Ila Marie.  She was born a year earlier than Willis on 27 Feb 1907 in Franklin, Franklin Co., Idaho. Family records state that she was married to Willis in 1940 in Claremont, California.   If that year is correct they had not married yet as of  May 7, 1940 when the 1940 census was taken. (see below).  Emma had previously been married to Arthur Terifa Martin ( 24 Dec 1926 in Brigham City) and by 1940 was divorced from him.  Emma and Arthur had three children.  Their oldest, Arthur Terifa Martin, Jr. was born 3 Mar 1929 in Ogden.  He died on 17 Mar 1995, in Duarte, California.  Emma died 16 Oct 1947, Pomona, Los Angeles Co., California and is buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin Co., Idaho

CENSUS:  1940 U.S Census of Seal Beach, Orange Co., Calif.
Willis Forsgren is listed as Brother-in-law, age 31, divorced, born Corrine, Box Elder, Utah. a trucker of scrap iron.  Enumerated at 1510 Marine Blvd in the household of Emma L. Martin, divorced, age 33, born Idaho  [Emma is his second wife's older sister]  Willis was living in Corinne, Utah in 1935.
Her children, also listed in the household, are Zina E, age 12, Arthur T., Jr. age 11 and Norman J, age 5  (all three children were born in Utah) In 1935 she was living in Ogden.  Emma and Willis had two daughters .  At the time of their mother's death the oldest would have been no more than 6 or 7 yrs. old.  I do not know who raised the girls after Willis died three years later.   I was told by Clara Forsgren Reeves that they attended the funeral of Virgil Forsgren in 2004, so if they or any of their descendants can contact me that would be super!!]

DEATH:  California Death Index, 1940-1997 (
Name: Emma Leone Forsgren
[Emma Leone Buckley]
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 27 Feb 1907
Birth Place: Idaho
Death Date: 16 Oct 1947
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Clemons
Father's Surname: Buckley

OBITUARY:  Ogden Standard Examiner, 20 Oct 1947 p. 14
     Mrs. Emma Leone Buckley Martin Forsgren, 39, wife of Willis Forsgren, Claremont, Calif., former Ogden resident, died in a Pomona hospital Thursday, following a long illness.
     Mrs. Forsgren was born in Franklin, Ida., Feb 27, 1908, a daughter of John and Ada Clements Buckley.  When a small girl the family moved to Logan.  In 1926 she was married in Brigham City to Arthur Martin, from whom she was later separated.  They resided for a time there and later moved to Ogden, where she resided until 1939 when she moved to Claremont.
     She was a member of the LDS church.
     In 1940 she was married to Mr. Forsgren in Claremont.
     Surviving are her husband, two sons, Arthur Martin, U.S. Navy overseas, Norman Martin, Pomona Calif., and  three daughter, Mrs. Elaine D. Agostino, Jeannette and May Forsgren, Claremont, her mother, Mrs. Ada Borry, Logan; and the following brothers and sisters: J. Fred Buckley, Layton; L.C. Buckley and Mrs. James Davies, Washington Terrace, Edwin N. Buckley, Oxnard, Calif; George E. Buckley, Brigham City;  Thomas C. Buckley, Wichita, Kan; Mrs. Oscar Rice, Ogden and Mrs. Josh Stewar, Willard, Box Elder county.
     Services will be conducted Tuesday at one p.m. at the mortuary, 3408 Washington. Ogden, by Bishop Fred Corbridge of LDS Franklin, Ida. ward.  Burial will be in Franklin cemetery.

BURIAL: Memorial # 32840391  (has a photo of her headstone); also on
E Leone Martin Forsgreen
Birth: 1907
Death: 1947  Burial: Franklin Cemetery , Franklin, Franklin County, Idaho, USA
Plot: Block 48 Lot 10
 Created by: Ryan Durrant
Record added: Jan 11, 2009
 Franklin Cemetery