Malmö, Sweden to Conklin, NY

Gertrude w/ Chad-left, Eric-right
Gertrude w/ Chad-left, Eric-right

 Growing up my father was always proud of his family and their Swedish background. Because of this, I was very interested in hearing about how they came from Sweden to New York. As told by my father, Eric Hans Holmberg, his great-grandfather, Hans Axel Holmberg came from Sweden and met my father’s great-grandmother, Gertrude Holmes. They were known to my father as Bumpa and Mimi respectively. They came to Conklin, New York in the early 1900s. After coming here, they founded Ideal Tool and Machine Co, Inc in Great Bend Pennsylvania. The company was known for its circuit board testing. Gertrude was on the board for 40 years while her son, Richard Hans Holmberg, was the company's president until his passing in 2003. This business is what supported my father’s great-grandparents and his grandparents in their new life here in America. Although the company has since been sold, the legacy still lives on in our family. As shown by their family names being passed down, the family was extremely important to them all. My grandfather's name is Hans Eric Holmberg, my father’s brother is named Chad Richard Holmberg, my oldest brother is Christian Hans Holmberg, and my other brother's name is Jonathan Eric Holmberg. My uncle Chad is pictured with my father sitting on Gertrude's lap while in Conklin, NY. They traveled often with Gertrude and even went to Sweden to see their twice great-grandmother and other surviving relatives there. 

Place(s): Conklin, NY Malmo, Sweden Great Bend Pennsylvania

– Brooke Holmberg

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more