FROM VILDERNESS AND MINING DISTRICTS
A book from 1926 that describes Kilsbergen written by
A book worth reading that describes life how it was
before, everything from descriptions of a Charcoal-burners life to how
the families lived and worked in the districts around The Mines in Närke
and Kilsbergens (Kils mountains) forests.
Here you even can discover a description of Gardener
Almgren from Hjälmarsberg (Hjälmars mountain) which I am rendering here.
But, a novel is a novel, the varacity is upon every one that is reading
Please read the whole book yourself cause I only give
a draft here from it, and some small changes of words to make it
understandable for us, children of today.
Of unknown reason Almgren seached himself to the
forest. He found such pleasure in the deserted lake in the forest that
he decided to settle down on one of these rocky, infertile islands.
With indomitable stubborness and energy he
transported earth over to the island and made the barren, rocky island
to the most wonderful garden.
He timbered his own cottage, and around it flourished
leafes and fruit trees, berries and rosebushes, vegetable patch and
flowerbeds. For the woods people it was like a fairytale from "Thousand
and One night" with this greenery idyllic spot in the middle of the lake
with these surrounding dark beaches as a frame.
In the nice little cottage on this wonderful island,
many children grew up. It may seams that mr Almgren was worth to only
get joy from his family of children, but one of the sones shaped so
badly which was a big sorrow for the father. The boy had been
doing some bad "tricks" and cleared off north to avoy the long arm of
After some years he returned to the home district
with a dark-skinned, black haired woman and many children. He had no
work, and so the woman and the children would not starve they got to
live on Almgrens island. People in the district looked askanced at the
"intruder", on one hand he was o lazy good-for-nothing, and he was not
married to the woman either that people thought was of Laplander-family.
It did not take very long before the man got the
nickname Laplander or Lappa-Pelle.
The Laplander was only short periods on Almgrens
island, mostly he was out in the forest and poaching animals. He built
himself some huts of twigs little there and everywhere in the forests
and he be away for weeks or months.
When Laplander found a empty cottage on Kartlaö (Kartla
island), he moved in there with his woman and all of the children. Lapp-Pelle
was not that kind of a person that worked so the farm had to "manage" by
itself. Mostly he still was out in the forests poaching and if he needed
wood or timber he did not drag himself to take it without permission
in the forest that was a Crown-Land.
When he was warned for his attempt he said that the
forest was a gift from Queen Kristina and there he had the right to
hunt and chop wood just as much as anybody else.
When the Laplander did not managed the earth on the
farm it did not give any crops, potatoes or anything to eat. Soon
Laplander and his woman and children had to go aroung begging for food
around the farms.
Eventually the Laplander was "given notice" from the
farm, but he dit not move, no he did not! No, he stayed in the
cottage on Kartlaö (Kartla island), as long as he wanted.
No force in the world shoul have stopp him!
To ge the intruder away the cottage was teared down
so much that it was impossible to live in. But the Laplander did
not surrender! The woman and the children other
people had to care for, he stayed behind and build himself a hut of
One night he broke into Beteshult and was
caught by the police. While he was in prison in Örebro the people took
that time to burn down his hut.
When he one day was released from prison he was to
scared to go into the forests again so he searched for work in
Nerkeslätten (Nerke plain) where nobody knew him or his past.
He ended his adventurous life as a farm hand,
watching cows on Granhammar Vintrosa år 1910.
Mr Laplander was the last to live on Kartlaö (Kartla
island) and before associated it to a wilderness emphasize, lonely place
with the adventurous Lapp-Pelle! By Laplanders family estate on Almgrens
island, is no more than the foundation stones from the little cottage.
Now there is a road built between Dalkarsberg and
Beteshult and it goes straight over the island that today no longer
is an island and is today joined together with the mainland.
For the person who is interested, there is today no
trouble visiting the island that has a own sign with the name Almgrens
Island on it.
the book Goststory typed
I have now read the book about my ancestors and it
was a faith like many others.
A small retrospect and résumé. Concluding with
little from the book.
But, you that read this, a novel don´t have to
reflect on the truth!!!!!!!!
As I today know, My Grandfather´s grandfather Carl
Erik Almgren born 1818 11 10 in Örebro. Worked as Gardener on
Hjalmarsbergets Farm , located close by Nora. He married Christina
Charlotta PERSDOTTER (1824-) and they lived in a crofter´s holding and
worked under the squire on this Farm. But one day Carl Erik had to
search for work in Örebro, at which he took his family with him and
moved To Almgrens island located in Hovmanstorp (crofter´s holding)
south of Dalkarsberg, Örebro.
At the same time lives a Man Johan in Dalkarsberg
with his family in a crofter´s holding next to Hovmantorpsjön. (Hovman-crofter´s
He is employed in Dalkarsbergs Mine and since he has
shown understanding for farming and had his own homestead he gets the
best Farm to cultivate.
The problem is his drinking that make him unfit for
work, a couple weeks every year, when he usually disappear out in the
forest to live with alcohol for a while.
This man thought of himself as a little bit better
than everybody else, he did have the best Farm, and he "owned" a lake
with fishing ground and a island.
The squire knew about this believing in ownership
but cause everything attended to nicely he could imagine that he was
the owner , it was of little importance cause he handle everything so
One day came a man, white-haired and broken by
sorrow and difficulties in life, and took a place on the island.
Johan discovered this by hammerblowing and smoke
that rose from the island.
With his oakboat he row out there to chase away the
stranger but met a man that didn´t get scared.
Besides this man was somewhat stronger than Johan so
eventually Johan took his boat and row back to mainland.
To the sqiure for the Mine and asked for help to
evict this man from Johans island.
However the squire knew who this man was, where he
was from, and his tragic fate in life, so the squire let him live
The island was the squire´s so eventually Johan had
to give up. However with the biggest disliking.
The Old Man kept to himself on this island. He
transformed this island from a mound of stones, to a beautiful garden
with fruit trees and berrybushes, potatoe plot and crops and became self-supporting
on the island.
The Old Man did not want contact with others, but
one little boy won his heart and became his friend.
However he never learned what kind of fate this Old
Man have had, but the little boy understood that he had been through
The Old Man Alm had a box where he had "his life"
and sometimes the Old Man sat and picked with these things with an
expression of greatest sorrow in his face.
The years passed, and the little boy grew up to a
man but the friendship lasted.
One day the boy row over to the Old Man like so many
times before, but found that the Old Man was not at home.
Nothing in the cottage was changed than before but a
omen hit the boy about violent and sudden death.
A invisible force pulled the boy to a shrubbery
where he bent away branches and found the Old Man Alm buried.
Nearby was the Old Man´s box, negligently hidden.
Cause the boy had over the years seen Johans
averseness against the Old Man Alm and he knew that the interest for
the box was very big so Johan was a suspect for being the Old Man´s
Johan was drinking like never before and his
behavior was so bad that the boy knew his feelings was right.
When the boy stand before Johans rifle he only felt
a hard spanking against the breast before he passed out.
However the little boy woke up tol life little later
from a new shot.
It was Johan that shot himself before the constable
came and got him.
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