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Christina Stromberg, wife of T.V. Stromberg, died at 9:45 o'clock this morning following a short illness of heart trouble at the family home, 1977 Washington Avenue.
She was born in Sweden on January 10,1861. She was married in Sweden on February 1, 1885 and she and her husband became converts to the LDS faith and moved to Ogden in 1909. Mrs. Stromberg was an active worker in the Relief Society of the Third ward.
Surviving are the husband and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. H.L. Montgomery, Grand Junction, Colorado; Mrs. Lars Anderson, Corinne, Utah, Mr. Elmer F Stromberg, Arvid S Stromberg and Eric Stromberg all of Ogden. Fifteen grandchildren survive and two sisters and two brothers in Sweden.
Lindquist and Sons are in charge.
Published in Ogden Standard Examiner 20 June 1929
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There are all types and kinds of faith. Some have faith in the future. Most have a strong and undying faith in God and in the eternal life to come. Some have faith in mankind. Others have faith in themselves and in those around them. Our story pertains to faith, Faith Eternal; faith that will not vanish even when death has claimed its own. Faith eternal is faith in God and knowledge through this belief that God lives and that there is a great and eternal life waiting for all after death. Faith eternal is religious faith which burns within the heart with increasing fury and beauty. Faith Eternal thrives on the unceasing love of God and mankind. Faith Eternal sometimes changes the course and lives of those who live by its great and true message. Almost everyone knows or has experienced the story of Faith Eternal. The story may be a simple one full of love, faith in one’s religion, and a knowledge that one’s religion is truth itself.
Our story has its setting in Sweden. The country may be a different one from America, but the people who live in such a setting have much the same type of lives of any average American family. One finds sorrow, birth, love, death, joy, happiness, and all the other emotions and factors that the majority experience during a lifetime. The clothes may be different; the language may be new and strange to us; and the setting may be most unfamiliar; but within the hearts and souls of these people, we find the similarity among all men. There is no difference. Who can doubt that we are all brothers? We have our faults, our qualities, and virtues; we have our likes and dislikes; we have a longing for love; for work, for play, and for religion. These basic needs of man are the same throughout the entire world.
Ture Victor Stromberg was born on November 15, 1864 in Kyrkefalla, Vastergotland, Sweden to Maria Catarina Petterson Stromberg and Anders Jonsson Stromberg (Hagg).
Although Maria was a strict woman in the upbringing of her eleven children, she was just and fair in her dealings with her own children and others. Her sturdiness and determination are remarkable. In her later life, she was afflicted with arthritis. In spite of the painfulness of her trouble, she would not give into becoming an invalid. She did just as much as she possibly could until she passed away in 1928 at the ripe old age of 102 years. To aid in our picturing within our minds the Swedish setting in which Ture lived, let’s find out a little about Ture’s maternal grandmother. Hungry wolves roamed about in the heavy timber. Whenever Maria’s mother paid Maria and her family a visit, she always pulled a small tree behind her to aid in the obliteration of any footprints that she made in the snow. Tracks in the snow would indeed help the wolves to find prey.
Now let’s find out a little more about Ture’s father. Anders Jonsson Stromberg (Hagg) became a soldier and his name was changed from Stromberg to Hagg. This was quite the customary thing at that time. Very often a soldier’s name was changed when he entered military service. Anders died from pneumonia many years prior to Maria’s passing.
When Ture and the other boys became of age, the name of Stromberg was restored through special permission obtained from the king.
In Sweden the violin was considered as a devil’s instrument. In order to play his beloved violin, Ture hid the instrument in the woods and he would play it at times when no one knew about it.
Not too much is known about Ture’s brothers and sisters and their influence on him. Jon who later became a photographer was a cabinet maker (Askersund). Through apprenticeship to Jon, Ture and another brother Ludwig learned the trade of cabinet making. When Ture became 18 or 19 years of age, he and Ludwig left their home to work in Stockholm.
Although Ture had never had much schooling as a youngster, he possessed a most studious nature. Through constant studying Ture became efficient in many types of work. While working on the railroads in Dalarne, Ture advanced from being a carpenter building station houses to overseer of the building of them. He knew how to interpret and make blueprints. He possessed some familiarity with surveying as he did a great deal of that kind of work for the railroad.
We have studied and searched somewhat into the background of Ture. Now let us look in to the life and background of Christina Olson.
Christina Olson was born January 10, 1861 in Soleron, Dalarne, Sweden. There were seven children in Christina’s family including herself. Christina’s mother and uncle were orphans at a very early age. Christina’s father, a farmer and stone mason, came from a long line of farmers. Religion burned deeply within Christina’s father’s breast. Each Sunday was devoted completely to the study of religion. He possessed the ability of singing; consequently, on Sundays he would play religious songs on a one stringed instrument and sing.
At the age of nine, Christina went to live with a fairly well to do childless couple. Much devotion and a great amount of attention was showered on Christina by this couple. It is from them that Christina learned to pray and received her religious background. These people were sectarians. Even at the early age of nine, Christina would climb up into the attic so that she could pray and ask for guidance to enable her to find the “right” church.
The well to do couple moved to America, so at the age of 14 or 15 Christina left to go to Stockholm for the first time. At that time it was customary for young girls to go to Stockholm in the summertime to work in the flower and vegetable gardens.
In the fall the girls would return to their homes. It was on Christina’s second visit to Stockholm that she met and fell in love with Ture. In Stockholm, Christina lived with a respectable family by the name of Gelin. Christina worked at a variety of jobs while there. The jobs ranged from working in a wine cellar to running errands of taking money to the bank to housekeeping. Gelin’s sister married eventually Ludwig Stromberg and Christina married Ture.
The Clara Church (Lutheran) at Stockholm was the marriage place for Christina and Ture in 1886. During the next three to five years the couple lived in Stockholm prior to their moving to Solleron. Olivia was already born, and then a set of twins were born to them. The one twin was stillborn and the baby boy twin lived for six months.
Solleron became the family’s home and here Elmer and Arvid were born after their sister Thekla.
So far much religious history has not been mentioned. The religious aspect of this story is so very important as the story and its outcome are based on religion.
Christina had joined the Baptist Church. It was not until about the time Elmer was born that Ture’s family joined the Latter Day Saints Church.
Now let us look into the background to see if we are able to establish the reasons that let Ture’s family into joining a church that was disfavored in this land where the State Church was Lutheran.
A few years before the birth of Elmer, some Mormon missionaries came to Dalarne. To pay for their lodging, they gave a woman a book called “Gospel Truths”. Very shortly afterwards, the lady gave the book to Christina’s brother; consequently, the book found its final resting place in the attic of Christina’s mother’s home. One day many years later while Christina was visiting her mother, Christina found the book in the attic. The book interested her so much that she read it to satisfy her curiosity. The book left a most satisfactory impression until she came upon the name of Joseph Smith. The favorable impression changed quickly to a dislike for the book and for the Mormons.
This is not the first time that Christina had heard of the Mormons. She had attended a meeting in Stockholm in which the Mormon missionaries were preaching about Mormonism. Because the speaker fumbled so badly with the Swedish language, Christina felt disgust.
At the time that Christina found the “Gospel Truths”, Ture was working on the railroad and was away from home much of the time. After Christina found and read the book, she told two lady friends of her finding. The two lady friends borrowed the book and studied it carefully.
A year after Annie Forstrom, a widow, and Annie Olson, an unmarried woman, (the two lady friends) had read the book, two missionaries visited them. The friends were persuaded to attend a Branch meeting. At the Branch meeting Annie Olson became ill. She consented to administration and healing occurred immediately. Both Annie Forstrom and Annie Olson were baptized before they returned to their homes.
The two friends related their wonderful and faith inspiring experience to Christina. Christina prayed to be protected from Mormonism. The more that she prayed, the more that she knew and felt within her heart that Mormonism was true.
Christina didn’t know how to break the news to Ture as she knew that he would become very angry. Christina mustered up enough courage to call Ture on the phone and to tell him of the experience of her two friends. Then Christina mentioned that she might join the church.
The very next day Ture came home. A serious quarrel ensued. One of the friends came to visit Christina and Ture wouldn’t allow Christina to speak to her. The lady friend sat in the kitchen until she grew tired and left.
Some time later on, Ture found a song book that Mormon missionaries had left with Christina while Ture was working on the railroad. He browsed through the book and made the statement that the only song in the book that was of any worth at all was “Nearer My God to Thee”.
One morning Ture awakened to state that Christina had won in her fight to join the Mormon Church. Then he went on to explain his sudden change of heart. A dream had produced the change. In the dream there was a beautiful palace where people were singing. Ture was locked out of the palace. He realized then that it was because of his not becoming a member of the Mormon faith.
In the month of April the family was baptized in Lake Siljan. (Solleron is an island in the middle of the lake). The ice was still thick on the lake. A large opening was chopped in the ice. During the baptism no one seemed to notice or mind the cold.
The rest of the people departed and Ture was left alone. The most terrible feeling came over him. Evil caused him to suffer agony until he sweat. He sat under a tree and went to sleep. As soon as he awoke, the evil feeling had left and he felt refreshed and very much alive.
Ture preached to everyone about the Gospel. Its wonderful message thrilled him ever so much. From then on, Sundays were spent in singing practice of the family and in the study of religion. Both Ture and Christina prayed constantly to be able to come to Zion.
The faith that both Ture and Christina possessed was remarkable. Many incidents were responsible for strengthening this great and lasting faith. The winter following their baptism in Lake Siljan in April of 1895, many trails presented themselves in the form of illness.
Ture and the children were stricken with pneumonia. After their recovery from the disease, Christina was stricken with it. Christina’s health and resistance steadily declined until her parents and friends felt that she must surely die. Her feet became as ice and she seemed to possess all the symptoms of the one who is on his death bed. Ture rushed into the kitchen and obtained some hot water with which he bathed her feet. Ture loved Christina dearly and his heart was breaking when he realized that death must be near. Christina whispered to Ture, “If you will pray once more, I think that the Lord will let me stay.”
Ture knelt down in the deep snow outside Christina’s sickroom; and there with humbleness of heart, he again petitioned the Lord to let her stay. As he was praying, Christina looked toward the foot of her bed. A man dressed in white was coming slowly to her. He was holding a bowl in his hand. When he came up to her, he took something from the bowl and gave it to Christina. She swallowed it. When she looked up again, he was gone. As soon as Ture returned to the room, Christina confided that she knew that she would recover. From that moment her health improved until she was well and strong again.
In 1913 when Ture and Christina were privileged to go through the Salt Lake Temple to take their endowments and to be sealed for all time and eternity. Christina noted the similarity between the men’s temple suits and the clothes of the man in the vision. However, Christina mentioned that she thought that the man in the vision was wearing a cloth wrapped about his head instead of the cap.
Ture’s enthusiasm for and a belief in the truthfulness of the Gospel led him to bear his testimony to anyone who would listen. There were about 6 to 7 members in the Church at this time. Shortly after the baptism, the Sectarians were holding a revival meeting in their chapel near Ture’s home. Some of Ture’s friends who had heard Ture’s testimony went to the revival as did most of the people of the community. One of the persons to whom Ture had spoken lost his mind and was sent to the mental hospital where he committed suicide. The wife of another one of the persons who had heard Ture’s testimony lost her mind and slashed her throat. The preacher’s wife became mentally ill and was committed to the mental hospital.
The Sectarians who were definitely opposed to the Lutheran Church persuaded the Lutheran priest of the community to attend a Mormon missionary meeting that was to be held in one of the member’s homes. Both the Sectarians and Lutherans were hostile to the Mormons. The Mormon meeting lasted approximately three hours. At the meeting President Cannon bore his testimony and explained the first principles of the Gospel. After the meeting the missionaries walked to a spot below the home of Widow Forstrom. The missionaries were anxious to pray for help and as Widow Forstrom had asked them there to dinner, they chose this spot for meditation and prayer. Soon the Lutheran priest and the Sectarians came up to the missionaries. The Mormon members were fearful as to what might take place. All types of arguments were presented by the priest and the Sectarians. Then something was mentioned about administration of the sick. President Cannon reached out his hands toward them and said, “I have laid these hands on the sick and the sick have been healed.” Then he bore his testimony again to the crowd.
The Lutheran priest as well as his son were friends of Ture’s. On Wednesday following the previous Sunday meeting, the priest’s son came to Ture and asked if he would please come with him to find his father. Since Sunday, the day of the meeting, the priest had locked himself in his office. Some of the family had seen the priest sneaking up into the attic with a rope, they were fearful that the priest might have injured himself. Ture and the son pried open the door. The priest was huddled in the corner. The priest begged to be left alone as his soul was in torment.
Through persuasion the three had a meal together. After the food was eaten, the priest seemed to be restored to normal. However, he made the promise that he would never molest Mormons again.
In those days the Word of Wisdom was taught, but not stressed as it is at the present time. Most of the people liked their alcoholic beverages and the use of snuff. Ture was no exception to the rule. Ture has used snuff for a long time. Snuff was purchased in bulk form so the possessors had the snuff boxes characteristic of the time. While home in Solleron from his work at Mora, Ture was stricken with pneumonia. During the days that Ture was so ill, the snuff was forgotten completely. As soon as the crisis was passed and as soon as Ture was well on the road to recovery, Ture thought of the snuff in his snuff box; so he asked Christina to bring it to him. Shortly after placing some snuff into his mouth, Ture was stricken blind. The blindness seemed to stay. Ture prayed to God to restore his sight on the promise that he would never touch tobacco or alcoholic beverages again. His sight was restored and the promise was kept throughout Ture’s entire life.
Two years later Ture had a dream in which he had the sensation of his mouth being filled with snuff again. In the dream Ture realized that he had broken his promise with the Lord. He was so stricken with sorrow and remorse that the dream ended when Ture awakened from his sleep in a state of weeping. Upon his awaking, Ture found that his mouth was clean. He was overjoyed to think that he hadn’t broken his promise to the Lord after all. The dream seemed to be another reminder of the importance of Ture’s promise to God.
The day that Ture and Christina had been praying for came at long last. The couple with all their children except Olivia arrived in the land of “Zion” on the 23rd of September 1909. Olivia was already here to greet her family on their arrival in Utah. Olivia had come to this country with the missionaries Mr. & Mrs. John Felt. Besides the couple and their children coming to this country, Christina’s nephew Eric came with them. Eric’s mother had died shortly after his birth, so the Stromberg family had taken him under their wing and given him a home. He has been regarded as a son and brother to the parents and children.
The rest of Ture’s and Christina’s life together was spent in Ogden, Utah. Ture earned a living by doing carpenter work. In June, the 20th of June, 1929, Christina succumbed to a heart ailment. After her death, Ture lived alone until he followed Christina in death on November 14, 1938.
Both Ture and Christina retained their great faith in both God and the Church. Their love for each other endured throughout their married life and still continued after their separation through death. Although the separation was nine years duration, a short time in the calendar of eternity. Ture’s love and faith persisted. One can know for a certainty that it was a joyous day when Ture and Christina were reunited in the celestial world.