Your post was interesting for several reasons. My paternal
grandfather worked on the C B & Q which includes Chicago, Burlington&
Quincy out of Mason City, IA. BUT, one of my maternal grandfathers was
named Anders Perssons which is a Swedish name. Swedish migrants were well
documented. I am not organized enough to go directly to snips of
information I have. I do know my family migrated after relatives did from
Chicago, through Burlington. Then this line was very straight westward to
Council Bluffs, IA following state rd 34. My people settled in Villisca,
Red Oak-SW IA area. Please remember that most families would change their
names to represent their new locations. (My Johnsons became Eckdahls.) I
even have proof they continued along this railroad west through NE with last
known settlement in Logan, ID. I made contact with hundreds of LDS
Do not give up your search.
Sharon Carter Lengfellner
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From: "Julia M. Kasch" <JKasch(a)compuserve.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 2:04 PM
Subject: [IA-RAILROADS] 1870
My husband's great grandfather, Anders Persson, came with his
children to Burlington, IA in the late 1860's. They are listed in the
census and he is called a RR laborer. Sometime after that he died
have never found a notice in the newspaper, a death record or a cemetery
site. We even looked at the microfilm in SLC called "Violent deaths in
Burlington, IA" and found nothing.
We had assumed that he was working for the Burlington Northern, but your
website suggests that there were other smaller railroads. Would there be
a listing of our ancestor in any of your records? He might have been
called Andrew by that time and the last name could have been spelled in
several different ways.
His wife, Clara, is listed as 'widow' in the 1880 Census. He didn't join
the Swedish Lutheran church when his wife and children did, but there is a
notation on one of their records above her name. It is a capital M and
the Christian Cross, which usually indicates 'dead'. If the capital M
stands for Mr. that might be their way of saying that her husband is dead.
But, when did he die and where and how? If he was still working on the
railroad, if he was killed in one of the counties surrounding Des Moines
County, his death would be listed there. I have contacted all of the
adjoining counties and they have nothing on him.
We hope that we will find something in your records. Thank you for your
Hope this isn't too long to post.
Norman and Julia Kasch
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