PRINCETON — Descendants of Swedish immigrants who came here in the 1890s gathered in Princeton on Aug. 3 for their annual reunion.
Alfred and Emma (Benson) Englund first settled in Princeton where he was a carpenter. Later they farmed in the Malden area and raised eight children. Emma and a small daughter died of the flu epidemic in 1918 and after retirement Alfred lived in Malden. Later he lived with his children and died at the age of 92. Of their many descendants, now spread from New Jersey to California, 50 attended the reunion, most coming from northern and central Illinois but also from Ohio and Iowa.
A group picture was taken and family pictures, histories and scrapbooks were on display. The oldest attendee was Lewis Olson from Silvis and the youngest was Melody Rose Schultz from Tiskilwa.
The event was hosted by Gail and Cindy Tolene of Delaware, Ohio, assisted by Julia Cain of Princeton. The date, time and place of the 2015 reunion remains the same.