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  • Ture Edvin Lundquist was born on 15 June 1867 in Edåsa, Skaraborgs in Sweden. His father Gustav Lundquist was from Bõne while his mother Anna Lisa Larsdotter was from Edåsa. Ture had two known older sisters, Maria Sophia (1858) and Gustava Josephine (1863), and younger brothers Gustav Walfrid (1872) and Gustav Adolph (1878).

    After first moving to Stockholm in 1887, Ture, travelling alone, left Göteborg on 20 May 1896 aboard the Cameo, on his way to Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. By the time of the 1901 census, Edwin, the name he was to go by in Canada, was living in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. He was working as a miner and on the census was shown as living with his wife Olivia Sofia. According to her death record, Sofia was born in 1862 in Väro, Halland in Sweden. She had immigrated to Canada in 1890 according to later censuses.

    With occupation given as miner and his wife Olivia Sofia in Kenora as next of kin, Edwin signed his attestation papers with the 197th (Vikings of Canada) Battalion in Winnipeg on 25 February 1916. The battalion was being raised among the Scandinavians of western Canada with men of Scandinavian birth or descent answering the call of their adopted country. The 1916 census found Edwin and Olivia Sofia listed as living at 341 Alexander Avenue in Winnipeg. Probably due to his age, Edwin was discharged from service as medically unfit on 21 December 1916 in Winnipeg.

    It appears that Edwin and Sofia farmed in the Lac du Bonnet area for a short while after the war as evidenced by the 1921 census, eventually returning to Kenora. In 1923 a border crossing card was found for Edwin, on his way to North Dakota to visit “daughter” Amanda Halling. Born Amanda Lundin in 1895 in Värö, Halland, Amanda was the daughter of Svante Lundin and Petronella Johansdotter. She had immigrated to Canada in 1911, leaving Göteborg on 8 July on her way to Kenora. Amanda married John Theodore Halling, settling in Bisbee in North Dakota where they gave birth to two sons, Ronald and Wayne. Amanda died in 1965 and is interred with her husband in the Halling Cemetery, Towner County in North Dakota.

    Edwin died on 2 February 1931 followed by Sofia on 31 December 1932, both in Kenora. They are interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, gravemaker inscribed as O Sofia and Edvin Lundquist.

    By Judy Stockham

    Research notes: As listed on both Norwegian and Swedish genealogy websites, two people, one in Norway as well as one in Sweden, were looking for information about Ture Edvin Lundquist born on 15 June 1867 in Edåsa. According to the posts Ture had a daughter born in 1891 in Oslo. Due to the language barriers attempted contact could not be made on either websites.

  • Regimental Number:
  • 913046
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 197th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Edåsa, Skaraborgs
  • Country:
  • Sweden
  • Next of Kin:
  • Olivia Sofia Lundquist, wife, Kenora, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • June 15, 1867
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Miner
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 25, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 48
  • Religion:
  • Lutheran
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Canada
  • Date of Death:
  • February 2, 1931
  • Age at Death:
  • 63
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 44E-28-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Ture Edvin Lundquist was born on 15 June 1867 in Edåsa, Skaraborgs in Sweden. His father Gustav Lundquist was from Bõne while his mother Anna Lisa Larsdotter was from Edåsa. Ture had two known older sisters, Maria Sophia (1858) and Gustava Josephine (1863), and younger brothers Gustav Walfrid (1872) and Gustav Adolph (1878).

    After first moving to Stockholm in 1887, Ture, travelling alone, left Göteborg on 20 May 1896 aboard the Cameo, on his way to Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. By the time of the 1901 census, Edwin, the name he was to go by in Canada, was living in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. He was working as a miner and on the census was shown as living with his wife Olivia Sofia. According to her death record, Sofia was born in 1862 in Väro, Halland in Sweden. She had immigrated to Canada in 1890 according to later censuses.

    With occupation given as miner and his wife Olivia Sofia in Kenora as next of kin, Edwin signed his attestation papers with the 197th (Vikings of Canada) Battalion in Winnipeg on 25 February 1916. The battalion was being raised among the Scandinavians of western Canada with men of Scandinavian birth or descent answering the call of their adopted country. The 1916 census found Edwin and Olivia Sofia listed as living at 341 Alexander Avenue in Winnipeg. Probably due to his age, Edwin was discharged from service as medically unfit on 21 December 1916 in Winnipeg.

    It appears that Edwin and Sofia farmed in the Lac du Bonnet area for a short while after the war as evidenced by the 1921 census, eventually returning to Kenora. In 1923 a border crossing card was found for Edwin, on his way to North Dakota to visit “daughter” Amanda Halling. Born Amanda Lundin in 1895 in Värö, Halland, Amanda was the daughter of Svante Lundin and Petronella Johansdotter. She had immigrated to Canada in 1911, leaving Göteborg on 8 July on her way to Kenora. Amanda married John Theodore Halling, settling in Bisbee in North Dakota where they gave birth to two sons, Ronald and Wayne. Amanda died in 1965 and is interred with her husband in the Halling Cemetery, Towner County in North Dakota.

    Edwin died on 2 February 1931 followed by Sofia on 31 December 1932, both in Kenora. They are interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, gravemaker inscribed as O Sofia and Edvin Lundquist.

    By Judy Stockham

    Research notes: As listed on both Norwegian and Swedish genealogy websites, two people, one in Norway as well as one in Sweden, were looking for information about Ture Edvin Lundquist born on 15 June 1867 in Edåsa. According to the posts Ture had a daughter born in 1891 in Oslo. Due to the language barriers attempted contact could not be made on either websites.

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  • Lundquist, Ture Edvin Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 913046
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 197th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Edåsa, Skaraborgs
  • Next of Kin:
  • Olivia Sofia Lundquist, wife, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • June 15, 1867
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Sweden
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Miner
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 25, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 48
  • Religion:
  • Lutheran
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Canada
  • Date of Death:
  • February 2, 1931
  • Age at Death:
  • 63
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 44E-28-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Lundquist, Ture Edvin

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