Lundgren Family Genealogy Forum
50 YEAR CELEBRATION LOOKING FOR ANKER FROM TOTEN
by Vidar Holum
0767 Oslo Norway
I discovered recently at a funeral that Helvine Amalie Hansdatter
Kolvesen in 1949 started to look for her long-lost son, ANKER
(Johannesson) Ljungren. I am trying to find my mother's long-lost
uncle as a birthday gift for her 75th birthday in 1999.
Anker Ljungren or Johannessen, born 27.03.1906 bapt. 09.12.1906
Gjovik, from, Østre Toten Norway, immigrated to Arcola,
Saskatchewan, Canada 22 or 23 /3-1927, and then possibly went to
the USA about 1927 to 1932.
Arcola, Saskatchewan is on the Canadian Pacific Railway between
Regina and Souris, Manitoba, 160 km from Souris and 320 km from
Regina. He there worked for about two years on the farm of Mr.
Olsen. My problem is that he most certainly changed his name.
Rumor 1. He might have lived in San Jose or San Pedro,
California, married a teacher, and had two or three daughters.
There is a rumor that he was killed in a gangster war. Whether he
was a policeman, innocent bystander, or gangster himself, I don't
Rumor 2. He joined the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II,
returned alive, and has a family in the USA. My mother has heard
that he worked on an airstrip. USAF?
Rumor 3. He was a math genius, was in World War II as a pilot or
in a bomber crew, and was shot after the war. He had six
We tried the Salvation Army in the 1960s, but what they did come
up with is lost, and archives are destroyed after 10 years. I
think the rumors in the family originated from their findings.
(The uncle who paid for this died in 1965.)
Anker did travel with Arthur Granerud, Markus Hansen, Hans Rise,
Helge Rolijordet to Arcola, so I have started to look for them to
try to solve my mystery.
My cousin Bjørn-Arold Woll and I have written some 100 letters to
the FBI, Army, Ljungren's USA and Canada, Registrar of Canadian
Citizenship (big fee, search negative), Saskatchewan Archives
Board, Arcola Museum, Alliance Church Arcola, Arcola Public
Library, Government Records Branch National Archives of Canada,
Vital Statistics Branch Regina, etc.
But I think the clue is to find the name or match on events.
Or find his border passing from Canada to the USA or his court
appearance to find his name change.
Anker Ljungren (Johannessen), born 27.03.1906 from, Østre Toten
Norway, immigrated to Arcola, Saskatchewan, Canada 22 or 23
/3-1927 with the ship Bordewick (or travel agent). Canadian
Pacific Railway Company did the transportation to Canada. The
route was Oslo, Bergen, Liverpool, and Quebec. The last leg was
on the ship Montcalm (owned by CPR). Anker's parents were Johan
Johannesson Ljungren and Helvine Amalie Kolvsen Sørensen. Østre
Toten County board had a meeting 26 Jan 1927. They gave NOK.
30.000 to 56 persons (NOK. 600 per per. person) who went on the
A letter dated 14 June 1927 from Mr. W. F. Youngblud gives a
record of the arrival. "Movement of 500 Norwegian families to
settle in colonies in Canada under the Canadian Pacific Railway
(lists photos) 1926-28." It is listed as RG 76, Vol.297, File
273271 and is on Microfilm C-7846. I looked at the film and I
found a list with all the names of immigrants, where they were
being located and on whose farm they were being located. Anker
Ljungren and Arthur Granerud were sent to a farmer by the name of
There were a number of vessels involved in the transfer of
Norwegians to Canada. I saw mentioned the S.S. Montclair and the
Minnedosa. I saw a letter dated Sept. 12, 1927 mentioning the
S.S. Montcalm, which arrived at Quebec April 3, 1927.
Thank you all for your answers to my question in Missing link and other news and Norway and CAN-SASKATCHEWAN list and e-mail's.
It realy helps me going on, and not giving up, reading all the sucsess stories in backissues of Missing Link, helps moral.
I got many offers af help and tip.
Her ar some info about the names:
Anker father Johan was a swedish feltjeger = fieldsoldier that came to Norway 1890 from Bohuslen, Sweeden.
Acording to some military tradition they where given new surnames, and he was given Ljungren.
At birth Johan's father again was Johannes. So Anker's father birth name was Johan Johannesson.
Ljungren id being used in the family in Norway to this day.
So to Norway naming tradition, Anker correct surname would be Anker Johanssøn (o/slash)(Johansson).
Johan now living at Gjovik, in Oppland, Norway had a smaal soapfactory, he and Helvine divorsed later. Johan was not a kind father for his son's acording to stories told by my now died grandfather. And I think that was why Anker left Norway 21 years old.
I think Anker's memories of his father was so bad that he did not want to use his name.
I have been asked the meanig of Anker:
Anker in latin = anceheria.
The most common use of Anker in Norway is: Anchor, as in a boatanchor to keep the bout moured at sea. I can also be used as to have something to hold on to, like have an anchor in life to keep you at your goals or belivees.
Old small barrel used for measure (barrel, keg, cask)
or as anker = armature in electric dynamo or generator.
I have had contact with the granddaughter of Mr. Olsen the farmowner in Arcola, they remebered Anker as Anker Ljungren. He was a kind and worksom man that stay for ca. 2 years and then left.
As I said in my letter Ankers mother Helvine and brother Arthur, consulted The Salvation Army to find Anker. I contacted Salvation Army 1997 to learn that they destroyed their files after 10 years. No help there, strange practice, what if it came a lead on an old case????
But after reading in Missing Link about old archive recoveries, mybe I schould go and talk to them in person, not just phone. Never give up! Because they found some thing.
At the funeral I told about, one of Anker's cousins did remember he had seen a name on Anker in 1950 to 1960. All he did remember was that the name was not Scandinavian.
My theory is that he psed border tu USA in 1929 to 30, from Arcola near Regina in Saskatchewan,
to Williston or Minot in North Dakota or to Havre or Gledive in Montana.
I have learnd form a source that the canadians did not keep records of border passings to USA in 1930.
So my task is to find the courthouse for namechange or the immigration to USA in this region.
But is it on microfilm????
Oh, this would be a nice trip from Norway to take the dust of the old arcives. But it is to fare away at the time beeing.
Thanks to G. David Thayer [firstname.lastname@example.org] I learned that:here was no USAF during WW II. Air forces were
contained within each branch of the military: Army, Navy, Marine Corps.
Most aircraft action was done within the US Army Air Corps during the war.
The Navy and Marines had much less significant aircraft capabilites (with
the exception of carrier-based fighters and torpedo bombers, which were
part of the US Naval Air Corps). Airstrips were the province of the Army
Air Corps. In particular, the heavy bombings in Europe were carried out
by Army Air Corps aircraft.
Sorry about my poor spelling an bad english
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