by Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness
As my grandmother was going through some old family things she happened upon an amazing treasure; my great grandmother Hilda (Helda) Johnson’s diary. It contains lot of very incredible and often humorous stories from a time long gone. My great grandma Johnson was born in Tollarp, Kristianstad, Skåne County, Sweden in 1897, and I’ve decided to share this beautiful gift that she left for us. The following are the exact and unaltered words straight from her.
Mom Johnson’s Life Story (In Her Own Words)
A Story of a Girl Born in Sweden, by Hilda Johnson
My name is Hilda Johnson (Malmberg). My Dad’s father was Carl Nilson. That was my Dad’s name too. When Dad became a soldier and went into the army, he had to change his name from Nilson to Frisk. That was his first soldier name. My Dad did not like that name, so he asked for a new name.
The officer said ‘No, you keep that name’.
My Dad took the officer by the neck of his shirt and seat of his pants and threw the officer on his bunk bed.
Dad said ‘Now will you give me my new name?’
The officer said ‘Yes, yes, yes’
That is how my Dad got his new name Malmberg. My Dad could have gotten into jail for doing that. Dad was not a common soldier for he was an officer. This all happened before Dad was married.Continue reading “A Story of a Girl Born in Sweden 1897-1994; Part 1”