Going Back in Time: Maja Goes to America

The stories told by Maja about venturing off to America were mesmerizing.

First, A few pictures of life in Sweden for Maja. For me, Maja’s Sweden as a young girl was described to be like a snow globe kind of wonderland, all year long. (Thanks to Solleftea friends for the use of vintage photos)

The family business was located on this Main Street.
Grandma described winter in Sweden as a fairy tale beautiful scenes of sleds, skiing, horse drawn sleighs, with twinkling bells.

Maja goes to America. 1922-1969. Maja waves goodbye and travels to Göteborg to board her ship for a 10 day trip across the Atlantic. (Onboard photos to follow)

First, quite an eventful beginning to the journey. Maja says goodbye to her mother, siblings, and friends. They both are still grieving the death of August Källgren in 1921.

Sollefteå train station

Since a young boy listening to Grandma Maja tell her story over and over of traveling to America I became hooked and my imagination ran wild. Gathering picture pieces of each of the parts of her story has been a great joy. Here are a few images that help me share her story a little at a time.

Gothenburg harbor. Police checks and careful screening of passengers leaving. Many Swedes left during this time in history.
Information available from my visit to Ellis Island
SS Stockholm Gothenburg to New York

Published by Donnie: An Admiring Grandson

Living an inspired life modeled after my Grandma Maja, who stepped up as a Swedish immigrant widow and mom of 3, facing America’s Great Depression while demonstrating uncommon grit and valor. I am determined to share her life lessons so she is no longer forgotten. I have a book to share and the reader will preview the entire story by visiting here. You are most welcome.

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