Grandpa Victor and his Father Otto
I don't remember my grandfather very well. He passed away when I was just six. I have just a few memories of places we went and things we did together, like a summer picnic at state park, an outing to a backwoods pond, or reading a book on camping on the floor as he sat in his easy chair and read whatever adults read. He left a strong impression however, as a serious man. I got the same impression from my Great Uncle Harold sometimes, too.
Grandpa was my Great-Grandpa Otto's second child. Grandpa's half brother Carl Waldemar was born back in Sweden from Otto's first marriage with Christina Nilsdotter. Christina died at just 28 when Carl was just three years old. I wish I could find out more about where Carl ended up, but I haven't turned up anything. Otto first appears in America in 1883, at age 37, so it is possible that Carl made his life in Sweden or travelled with Otto and parted ways when the reached the New World. Otto was naturalized in Boston in 1892.
He is described in city directories as a wood worker. This is logical because Otto's home town region outside of Göteborg called Skallsjö had factories probably not unlike mill towns in New England. Today, the house where Otto boarded might be the landmark E.R. Luke building at 135 Main Street on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. City directories show that he lived and worked in several places over the years and I was surprised to find that he shared an abode at least once with a Victor E. Larsson! But it is not his son, but his younger brother (and son's namesake), also a woodworker.
Otto married a Swedish born immigrant named Hannah Johanson or Manson. It was her second marriage, but there are few other facts to be found about her. Her parents are recorded as Charles and Christina Laundstrone.
Otto passed away of chronic endocarditis in December of 1912 in Boston, Massachusetts, when his son Victor was 18.