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Photos of the Andersson family from Långö 1942–1963

Andersson two years old and my parents Hugo & Greta at work in 1952.]
© Photo (with self-timer) Hugo Andersson 1952, digitized by Conny Andersson 2010

This photo shows me Conny Andersson as a two year old child, my father Hugo and my mother Greta at harvest in 1952.


Welcome to this website! My name is Conny Andersson. I am a Swede and I was born in 1950. My parents were Greta Andersson and Hugo Andersson.

First I will tell you about Långö. Then comes a little story about my parents. As the next subject I will tell you about the history of the Andersson family from Långö, and “the big picture” in a background summary. At last I will introduce the persons of the Andersson family that appears in the photos.

About Långö

Långö is situated circa 90 kilometers north-east of Gothenburg (i.e. Göteborg in Swedish), and 5 kilometers north of Herrljunga in Sweden. The meaning of Långö in English is a “long island”, but it is just a ridge in the landscape. The ridge is about 400 meters long, with the Vantaberget and Lunnaberg small farms included. Probably, Långö once upon a time was surrounded by wetland. There are signs of that, dating back to the 14th century AD. Today one can see a creek on the north side and wetland on the south side of the ridge.

Nowadays, there are 3 small farms situated alongside and on top of the ridge, that is, the part of it that is named Långö. There also is an old small farm with a gray barn and a tiny farmhouse, that is the Bengtsson's as we say in daily speech. The first small farm at the lowest part of Långö is owned by the family Carlsson/Molin. The next small farm and the “Bengtsson's” is owned by me. The third and last small farm was my grandfather Arvid Andersson's place. Some years after Arvid's death in 1964 his farm was sold and divided into two parts. The part of the farm with buildings was sold to one buyer. The other part, the farmland, was sold to another buyer. Today, the part of the old farm with remaining buildings is owned by Bo Håman and Arvid's old farmland is now owned by Christer Johansson at Långöholm.

aircraft photo that shows Arvid and Amanda Andersson's place.]
Photo taken from an airplane in the 1950s, digitized by Conny Andersson 2010

In the photo above, the red dots mark Arvid and Amanda Andersson's buildings. The white dot marks the nice farmhouse that was burnt down. The green dots mark buildings that are not present in 2010.

The blue dots mark buildings and land that belonged to Gustaf Andersson (1843–1929) and that were bought up by Arvid and Amanda in the late 1930s. The yellow dot, in the field to the left in the photo marks “Gustaf's tiny field”, in Swedish “Gustafalycka”.

About my parents

My father Hugo Andersson (1908–1984) was an all-rounder. Primarily, he and his beloved wife Greta Andersson (1910–1990) cultivated the land belonging to their small farm in Långö.

Secondary, my father worked in our forest in the wintertime. For many years Hugo also brought the milk of our cows, and the milk from all the other small farms along the road, to the dairy by a horse-drawn wagon. The journeys to the dairy were done all days in the week, except on Sundays.

Hugo and Greta had long days of hard physical work in front of them, each day. Hot, cold, rainy, snowy or whatever days, they had to work from early morning to late evening. But, I never heard any complaint about the work they had to do. There was no divide between work and leisure, it all was about living their lives.

Besides all his work on the farm, my father was a very talented photographer. He took all the photos that I display at this website. Hugo composed and took the photos. Then, some day he processed the film, enlarged the negative of the photographic image, and finally developed the photographic paper. Sometimes, he sat down on a Sunday afternoon, coloring black and white paper copies by hand. He did that with a set of pencils in 25 different colors. A skill that made him into a full-blown artist. An example is the first photo on this web page (this photo colored by Hugo's hand can also be seen on “Photos 1951–1952”).

Hugo married Greta Andersson, the daughter of Arvid Andersson who lived next door, on December 16, 1944. That day was Hugo's 36th birthday.

Arvid Andersson was at that time remarried to Amanda. Arvid's first wife, my grandmother Anna (her lastname was Kylén as unmarried), died in tuberculosis in 1919, when my mother Greta was 9 years old. However, I always saw Amanda as my real grandmother. I will never forget Amanda. And, I will never forget the round cakes of bread she baked in the firewood oven in her kitchen, they were yummy.

[Amanda Andersson on her 90th 
birthday on October 11, 1973.]
© Photo Hugo Andersson 1973, digitized by Conny Andersson 2009

Amanda Andersson at her 90th birthday on October 11, 1973. The photo was taken in Sven and Birgit Andersson's house in Herrljunga. Amanda Andersson died on March 22, 1974.

These six web pages show photos of people from my mother Greta's side of the Andersson family. The photos also show people who closely were connected to Långö in everyday life. I will introduce them to you in the following text and photos.

The history of the Andersson family from Långö

The history begins on January 12, 1864 in Dimbo, a small parish near Tidaholm in Sweden, when Anna Cajsa Johansdotter gave birth to a son named Carl August. Since Anna Cajsa and Anders Svensson at that time were not married their son was seen as some kind of fake by the church. That was a stigma for the parents and their families. Maybe, that is the reason why I never had heard of Carl August before July 23, 2017 when I received an email from Norway that told me about Carl August Andersson and his life in both Sweden and Norway.

On March 12, 1865 Anna Cajsa and Anders married. That day they also moved to and settled down in Långö.

Anna Cajsa Johansdotter was born in Stenstorp on March 23, 1839. She died on January 13, 1919. Anders Svensson was born in Eling on March 9, 1841. He died on September 13, 1921.

[Anders Svensson in front of his farmhouse, sometime 1920–1921.]
Photo of unknown photographer, digitized by Conny Andersson 2010
Anders Svensson in front of his farmhouse in Långö, sometime 1920–1921.


At that time, when Anna Cajsa and Anders built up their common homestead, major changes in the Swedish society were about to take place and influence the everyday life of the people in Långö:

The Andersson family

Anna Cajsa and Anders got 9 children. Only 5 of them survived their childhood. Arvid Andersson, my grandfather, was their 9th child which is a confirmed fact. At that time in Sweden, only 3 out of 5 children survived to their 15th birthday. The life was very rough for the majority of people in Sweden, as is described by Vilhelm Moberg in his epic about the emigrants. Anna Cajsa's and Anders's 9 children were:

  1. Carl August Andersson (Anders's son) born on January 12, 1864. Carl August was born in Dimbo parish, near to the small city Tidaholm in Sweden. At an age of 14 month he and his parents Anna Cajsa and Anders moved and settled down in Långö. Carl August grew up in Långö. He moved to Skövde in 1882 at an age of 18. Six years later, in 1888, he moved to Göteborg, there for some strange reason he did add Lönnqvist to his surname, i.e. Carl August Andersson Lönnqvist. In 1889 he emigrated to Norway and settled down in Oslo (named Christiania until 1924). Carl August married Maren Marie Christensen on September 26, 1891 and they got five children: Carl Eugen, Einar Kristoffer, Astrid Bergliot, Knut Armand and Eleonore Charlotte. Carl August was a skilled carpenter, a journeyman and probably also a master craftsman of furniture. He died in Oslo on May 28, 1916 at an age of 52.
  2. Hilma Josefina Andersdotter (Anders's daughter) born on February 23, 1866. She only became 8 month old, before she died on October 8, 1866.
  3. Gerhard Andersson born on September 17, 1867. He was born when his mother Anna Cajsa was 28 years old. Gerhard moved from Långö to Brastad, Bohuslän in Sweden where he worked as a clerc at a very big farm, Biberg. When he left Långö is not confirmed, but that he moved from Biberg to Långö on November 11, 1898 is confirmed. Gerhard Andersson died at home in Långö on February 10, 1900 at an age of 33.
  4. Ernst Andersson born on November 12, 1870. He only became 5 days old, before he died on November 17, 1870.
  5. Axel Andersson born on February 8, 1872. At an age of 21 he emigrated to Norway on November 17, 1893 and lived in Oslo until 1910. (Axel and his brother Carl August became close friends in Oslo.) After 1910, as I have been told, he as a sailor went far away on “the seven seas”. At last, he returned to his birthplace in Långö from Russia, via Göteborg. He arrived to Långö on June 20, 1930. At that time Axel was a skilled carpenter of furniture. But, he was sick in skeletal cancer. Axel died on June 28, 1930 at an age of 58.
  6. Unbaptized, male child. This was a stillbirth on January 4, 1875. In Swedish i.e. “Odöpt, dödfött gossebarn”.
  7. Hilma Maria Andersdotter (Anders's daughter) born on September 14, 1876. She only became 8 month old. She died on May 22, 1877.
  8. Augusta Charlotta Andersdotter (later she took Andersson as her surname) born on October 11, 1878. In her youth Augusta left Långö and at first worked as a maid in Göteborg, there she used Andersdotter as her surname (this is confirmed by the Swedish population register of year 1900). Later she moved to Lidköping, where she worked as a blue-collar worker. Unmarried, and with an “unknown father”, she gave birth to one child. To be unmarried and to give birth to a child at that time was a stigma for both the mother and the child. The child was seen as a fake. Augusta's lovely daughter was born on February 12, 1918. She was baptized to Margit Linnea Andersson. As an adult Margit married Nils Pettersson. Margit and Nils Pettersson did not get any children of their own, instead they were my beloved bonus parents. Augusta died on February 11, 1964. Margit died in 1980 and Nils in 1998.
  9. Gustaf Arvid Andersson born on August 31, 1884. Then, his mother Anna Cajsa was 45 years old and Arvid was the 9th child she gave birth to. As the youngest son, Arvid took over the small farm from his parents. Arvid also was a well known and skillful carpenter. He could be away from home for days to build houses in distant places. Arvid got two children, that is they who survived their childhood, with his first wife Anna (her lastname was Kylén as unmarried). They were Greta and Alice (Alice's lastname, later, as married was Johansson). Greta was my mother. Arvid remarried with Amanda (born on October 11, 1883) after Anna's death in 1919. Arvid and Amanda got one child, a son baptized to Sven. As an adult Sven married Birgit, and they settled down in Herrljunga. Arvid died on June 30, 1964.

The photos on the following five web pages focus on people that related to the Andersson family and Långö 1942–1963.

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