The 2022 Holm Family Reunion in Minnesota

Our plan was to have a grand, multi-family, multi-nation gathering of descendents of Olof and Eva Andersson and of their children: Anna Maja Longstrom, Carl Johan Holmberg, Andrew Holm, Frederik Olofsson, Alfred Holm, and Otto Holm. Then the Norwegians descendents of Anna Maja cancelled because of illness in the family. Others who had planned to attend also cancelled during the summer due to planned surgeries. Still other cousins had other planned activities at the time. Other factors stifling interest were a resurgence of Covid-19, the omicron variant and others, and the increased cost of travel as inflation took off. In the end, the grand reunion only had a dozen attendees: Cynthia and Larry Sabinske, Mike and Jeannie Holm, Wayne Holm, Terri Holm, Norma and Swede Campbell, Mark Schwanebeck, Eunice Helgeson and Paul Essen,and Al and Gail Holm.

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Saturday, 13 August 2022

Embroidered Schwanebeck name

Our reunion began in Marshall, Minnesota, hosted by Mark in his antique-filled home. With us seated around his living room, Mark displayed some old family memorabilia, photos, and history.

Next Mark took us to visit his “Backyard House”, where he has historical items, such as photos of Abraham Lincoln. Before he retired, Mark taught history.

Next we had a lunch of fried chicken and potatoes. Cynthia brought a grape salad that delighted us.

After lunch, we gathered in Mark’s basement for more old photos and documents. One was a copy of a photo of Eva Anderson in a studio in Tracy, MN. Another was a listing of four generations of ancestors that proceded Olof Anderson. Mark could not remember where he had gotten the listing and it had at least one error where a woman was reported to have died three years before the the birth of the man said to be her son.

Mark mentioned a concern that several of us have, namely, who will take on our collections after we are gone. Few in the next generation show any interest.

Organist’s stool used by Otto Holm
when sewing horse harnesses

Organist’s stool used by Otto HHolm when sewinng horse harnesses

One of the shaving kits Otto gave
to each of his sons when they reached 18 years old

Mark with a framed photo of the children
of his great-grandfather, Otto Holm.
Mark is holding a gold-framed photo of the five surviving children

Mark with photos of the sixteen grandchildren
of Otto and Caroline Holm.

“Grandpa Holm and his brother, on the left”
Andrew Holm on the left and Otto Holm on the right
Mark is holding a frame withh 16 photos of the children

Family members in Mark's backyard: Larry, Jeannie, Wayne, Mike,
Norma, Mark, Gail, Cynthia, Paul, and Eunice

A 1948 family reunion
Compare this with the photo from 2022 at the left
Descendents and guests are standing in front of Mark’s little house, 
           a converted garage where some of his antiques aredisplayed

Copy of a photograph of Eva Anderson in Tracy, MN,
after she immigrated to America

Our Ancestors, maybe. A listing of four generations
before Olof Andersson, but with likely errors
Eva Anderson is sitting in a chair and holding a book, possibly a Bible
A listing of possible male ancestors of Olof Andersson

Oscar Holm, Otto’s oldest son, and his bride Helga Hobert in 1913

We next journeyed to the Lake Shetek Lutheran Ministries Bible Camp and then to the Key Largo Restaurant, a traditional meeting place for the Minnesota Holm reunions. Our server at Key Largo was one of Mark’s former students. For our last activity of the day, we traveled to Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, where our common ancestors are buried.

Church window in the Lake Shetek Bible Camp,
formerly in the Bethany Church

Mark at the grave of his grandparents, Oscar and Helga Holm

Imaginative concept of Jesus praying Mark standing at the Holm stone

Mark, Mike, and Cynthia by the Anderson monument in 2022

Caroline and Otto Holm by the Anderson monument in 1948
Mark is left of, Mike behind, and Cynthia right of the granite monument This monument was for Caroline’s parents, not for our common ancestors,
Olof and Eva Anderson.

Caroline is on the left and Otto is on the right

Gravestones for Eva and Olof Anderson, our common ancestors

Olof and Eva Anderson’s descendants who attended the reunion
at their gravesite
Eva 1824-1907 and Olof 1815-1892 Norma, Mark, Wayne, Eunice, Cynthia, Albert, and Mike

Gravestone for Caroline and Otto Holm,
ancestors of Cynthia, Mike, and Mark
Eva 1824-1907 and Olof 1815-1892 Otto was one of the three sons of Olof & Eva Anderson who immigrated from Bohuslän to Minnesota. His brothers Alfred and Andrew also immigrated. All three settled in this part of Minnesota, although Alfred later moved away. Their nephew, Gustave Longstrom, also settled here.

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Our Sunday activities began with lunch at Bitton’s Roadhouse in Garvin, another traditional reunion place of the Minnesota Holms. Our server there was another of Mark's former students. From there, we visited the Hoiland Lutheran Cemetery where Andrew Holm, along with his two wives - Annie Sophia Peterson and Katarine Johanson - are buried. Andrew is another son of Olof And Eva Anderson who emigrated to America. Eunice’s parents (Oscar and Louella Helgeson) are also buried here.

Next we visited the old Helgeson Farm, where Eunice grew up and the Rialson Cemetery, where Andrew Holm’s daughter Hattie, who married John Rialson, is buried, We drove through the Rialson Farm and drove past the home where Andrew Holm and his family lived after they left the Lake Sarah area. We ended our reunion activities at the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum, where Eunice’s grandmother’s wedding dress was on display. The director of the museum, Jon, gave us a great tour.

The addresses of these sites are: Hoiland Lutheran Cemetery, 2950 County Road 14, Garvin, MN; Helgeson Farm, 3153 County Road 14, Tracy, MN; the Rialson Cemetery, 3200 County Road 14, Tracy, MN; the Rialson Farm, 3230 County Road 14, Tracy, MN; and the Andrew Holm Home, the intersection of County Road 14 and LeMar Road, Tracy MN.

Eunice addressing her cousins at Bitton’s

Cousins listening to Eunice at Bitton’s
A view from theh foot of the long table A view from behind Eunice's shoulder

Gravestone for Andrew Holm, the immigrant
His death date, Mar. 10, 1917, is hidden beneath the sod

Norma and Eunice at the grave
of their great-grandfather, Andrew Holm
Stone reading Andrew Holm Jan. 21, 1849 Norma Campbell and Eunice Helgeson kneeling by Andrew Holm’s marker

Eunice and Norma with the Holm stone
at the Hoiland Lutheran Cemetery

Eunice with her grandmother’s wedding dress
in the Wheels across the Prairie Museum
Eunice and Norma are standing alongside the Holm monument Eunice is standing to the side of a mannequin wearing the dress

Prepared by Al Holm, 30 August 2022; updated 28 November 2022