Memories of the Lindberg family
Anderson, who was born in 1847 and passed away in Westanå (Västanå)
in 1914, had strong memories of the Lindberg family, and he passed these
memories on to his children. The whole village missed the Lindbergs, and
young people grieved for their friends. They wished that they would come
back, but it was not until the year 2005, after 136 years, that Lindberg
family members were back again.
The Lindbergs, who lived for some twenty years in Westanå, were
known as models of conduct and working capacity. The year they left, as
well as the year before, yielded poor harvests and poor people were seen
along the roads, begging for food. The Lindberg family was among those
who could give food away to hungry people.
Johannes Lindberg was an extremely strong
man, thanks to his work as a (black)smith. Also, he was a very
courageous man. Moreover, the family was very strict about churchly
(religious) matters. They were regular churchgoers, and every Sunday
they walked 6,5 miles to the church. They then went by ferry across the
river (there wasn’t a bridge across the river until 1940) and on one
occasion Johannes saved a small child, who had fallen into the river,
from drowning. Most probably he risked his own life in the rapids, for
in those days few people could swim.
Unfortunately, we don’t know where
Johannes’s workplace was located. It could have been at the falls of
Munkfors, or at any of the ironworks at Ranån in Ransäter that were in
operation back then (an upper, a middle and a lower one). Today,
however, only the old ironworks in Munkfors can still be seen.
Last but not least we treasure the memory
of the Lindberg family in our small corner of the world because of their
generous donation of land to the Westanå school.
Written by Lennart Lennartson, grandson of Lennart Anderson.
in an effort to capture the ambience of the Swedish document , by Alf