Father: Johannes Engdahl (1840 - 1913)
Mother: Beata Andersdotter (1838 - 1928)
Esther M. Engdahl (Buehler) (1894 - 1970)
Audrey E. (Nora) Engdahl (1898 - 1980)
Edythe A. Engdahl (Nelson) (1902 - 1927)
Gladys K. Engdahl (Brown) (1904 - 1966)
Percy L. Engdahl (1895 - 1953)
Harold L. Engdahl (1908 - 1965)
Wife: Ida S. Asplund (1876 - 1924)
Names: Johan Ludvig Engdahl
Birth Date: 26 Dec. 1871
Birth Location: Skötterud, near Rölanda, Dalsland, Sweden
Death Date: 1 Feb. 1929
Death Location: Great Falls, Montana
Married: 1893 to Ida S. Asplund in Great Falls, Mont.
Robert L. Stallard (1956 - )
Snail mail: Bob Stallard, Garteli 10, CH-3210 Kerzers, Switzerland
Physical Characteristics: He was rather short, shorter than his siblings.
Personality: A kind, probably sensitive person who liked poetry, traveling and had a tendency to exaggerate sometimes.
Ludvig was the fifth child and second son born to Johannes and Beata Engdahl. Unfortunately, nothing is known about his youth in Sweden. Ludvig's Swedish emigration record shows that he emigrated from his birth place Skötterud to America. The document was dated April 5th, 1889 which means that Ludvig was only 17 when he left! Probably the adventure and possibility of success in America was the major motivation in leaving his family and friends rather than hunger or poverty. All his life he seemed to be a restless traveller.
Ludvig was not the first in his family to travel to America. His older sister Carlotta was living there when he arrived probably in 1889. Later his other sister Maja Lisa arrived in America in 1890. Other siblings also came but only Ludvig stayed and raised his family there.
It is not known how Ludvig ended up in Great Falls, Montana. There he married a Swedish girl named Ida Sabina Asplund. She had immigrated as a child 6 years of age in 1883 with her mother and Aunt and Uncle from Norra Råda, Värmland. Her father Jan Göran Asplund was a tailor and carpenter and had a dairy farm on the banks of the Missouri River in Great Falls.
Ludvig and Ida homesteaded on land behind Belt Butte outside of Great Falls, about seven miles from the town of Belt (Tiger Butte?) where all of their six children were born. It seems that Ludvig was not the farmer type and the family went through hard times, but they loved him just the same. When his father-in-law Jan Asplund died, Lidvig obtained his dairy herd. Soon the animals became infected with a diease and had to be destroyed. It was a disaster for the family. The family has been described as being poor but fun-loving and musical. Sometimes Ludvig would leave his family evidently to find work elsewhere. In December 1905 he wrote a letter to his brother-in-law Larenzt Jansson in Sweden from Peshtigo, Wisconsin where he worked in a railroad car manufacturing plant. In the letter Ludvig mentioned that his family was with him in Wisconsin. His granddaughter Idabelle is certain that the family was never in Wisconsin. This was never mentioned in the family and Nora, his daughter, said that she was never east of Montana until after her husband, Ralph, died. Nora would have been 7 or 8 years old in 1905-6 and would have remembered if she had been in Wisconsin.
During the school year, the family lived in Belt so their six children would have access to school. Ludvig and Ida spoke English at home with their children so that they would grow up as "real" American citizens.
Ludvig had a tendency to exaggerate the truth. This is evident in a letter he wrote to his sister Maja Lisa (Maria) in Sweden in which he describes his farm, business and wealth. He may have had something to do with the building of a road near Armington, Montana at one time. His exag- gerations may have lead to the idea today that Ludvig practiced engineering. The strong bridge at the Methodist Church camp at King's Hill, Montana, at the site where previous bridges were re- peatedly washed out, has been attributed to him. He may also have had a hand in the designing or building of a bridge in Longview, Washington.
A good example of Ludvig's tendency to make things sound better than they were is found in the following story: In about 1923 or 24 he and Ida were living in Kelso, Washington where he had some kind of job. Ida became very sick with a kidney disease and they sent for their daughter Nora who had recently finished her training as a nurse. The three returned to Montana on the train where Ludvig bragged about the special nurse he had for his wife, forgetting to mention that the nurse was his daughter.
Ida died 4 Nov. 1924 in Great Falls and in March of the following year Ludvig took a steamer from New York to Göteborg to visit his mother and siblings. He had wanted to return for a visit at least since 1909 but as far as is known, the 1925 visit was the only one he made. Ludvig planed to arrive the 10th or 11th of March in Göteborg. He took the train to Ed, Dalsland where his brother Svante picked him up with a horse drawn sleigh and brought him to his home in Uddalen near Rölanda about 7 miles south of Ed. During Ludvig's stay in Sweden, pictures were taken at his brother Ale's home in Ödskölt near Bäckefors. He arrived back in Great Falls, Montana 28 Aug. 1925.
After the death of Ida, Ludvig travelled all the more including parts of Canada. He is remembered as an avid reader, as a sort of traveling evangelist for the region and it is said that he had a wonderful out look on life. He was very much loved by everyone. Ludvig died February 1st, 1929 in Great Falls, Montana of what they called spinal meningitis.
Last updated Jan. 20, 2002 by RLS.
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