Today’s Treasure Chest Thursday post is about this carte-de-viste photograph of my great-grandmother Anna Lovisa Larsdotter Hann. Thanks to the photographer’s imprint on the mount, I know she had it taken in the town of Kopparberg (Copper Mountain) in Örebro Län, Sweden, probably just before she left for America on 18 Oct 1888 via Göteborg for Ishpeming, Michigan. It’s about 35 kilometers between Kopparberg and Anna’s hometown of Lindesberg. I wonder how long it took her to get to the photographer?
I’ve talked before about Anna and how much I admire her for raising my grandmother, and another daughter and son alone after she was widowed at the age of 33. I don’t have many photographs of her, but this is by far my favorite. How brave she was!
And it’s nice to stop and revisit this photograph because I’m filled with gloom at the bricks remaining in the wall between me and Anna’s husband, Gottfried Hann. I hired a German-language researcher to read the Illinois Staats-Zeitung for obituaries for Gottfried and she found several, along with his elusive birthdate and place. YAY! So then I got overconfident and thought it would be cake to stroll through the LDS microfilm for his tiny Austrian town and find his baptismal record. But he’s not there and neither is his brother. Gloom, gloom, gloom.
But Anna never gave up and neither will I. Not until I find her husband, who’s out there in some historical record somewhere.