Ola Lindbergh (Månsson) (1808 - 1893)

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Nicknames: "August Lindbergh", "Ola Månsson"
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Birthplace: Smedstorp, Tomelilla Municipality, Skåne, Sweden
Death: Died in Little Falls, Stearns, MN, USA
Occupation: Bosatt i Gårdlösa kyrkvärd 1843-45 och riksdagsman för Bondeståndet.
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About Ola Lindbergh (Månsson)

Ola emigrerade med sin sambo och sonen Carl August till USA år 1859. Tog sig i USA namnet Lindbergh och ändrade sitt förnamn till August.

Gårdlösa 15:4 kallas för Lindberghsgård. Filmen "Söder om landsvägen" spelades in där. Nuvarande byggnad uppfördes 1869 efter en brand.

August Lindbergh, född som Ola Månsson 12 maj 1808 i Smedstorp, död 1893 i USA, var en svensk jordbrukare och riksdagsledamot. Han var far till Charles A. Lindbergh och farfar till flygpionjären Charles Lindbergh.

Lindbergh, son till lantbrukaren och sockenskräddaren Måns Jönsson och Sara Jönsdotter var en välbärgad lantbrukare nära Simrishamn i Skåne. Han valdes in i riksdagen för bondeståndet och innehade flera uppdrag. Med sin fru Ingar Jönsdotter (f. 1816 i Onslunda, d. 1864 i Smedstorp) hade han 7 barn. I Stockholm träffade han den unga servitrisen Lovisa Jansdotter Carlén (d. 1921) och med henne fick han sonen Carl. På den tiden var det en skandal med ett utomäktenskapligt barn och när sonen var 6 månader gammal beslöt de sig för att emigrera till USA. De bosatte sig i Minnesota och efternamnet ändrades från Månsson till Lindbergh, Ola byttes till August, Lovisa till Louise. Paret fick ytterligare tre barn i USA. I Minnesota stakade de ut en gård åt sig, där de kalhögg en glänta för att plöja upp en åker. De levde den första tiden i ständig skräck för siouxindianerna eftersom de bodde på gränsen till vildmarken. Lindbergh blev amerikansk medborgare 1870, men redan dessförinnan innehade han flera förtroendeposter i Melrose (Minnesota) som postmaster, town clerk, clerk of school districts och fredsdomare (Justice of the Peace). 1886 gifte han sig med sin Louise.

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August and Louise (Galen) Lindbergh and son Charles were among the first white settlers in Melrose, Minnesota in 1859. A hired farmer with no formal schooling, August had risen in Sweden to become a banker, personal secretary to King Charles XV, and member of Parliament. He was considered a wild-eyed radical who wanted to improve public transportation, abolish the whipping post, and let peasants vote. He got his way with the whipping post issue, but trumped-up charges against him by his enemies lost him his bank job.

In 1859, when August was 50 years old and Louise was 21 years old when they sailed for America with infant Charles August Lindbergh. The infant was born January 20, 1859 in Sweden. August and Louise were married in St. Cloud, Minnesota on September 15, 1885 - 26 years after arriving in America.

August and Louise had seven children: Charles August, Victor Eugene, Louisa Ellen, Lillian May, Juno [later recorded as June], Pauline, Linda, and Frank Albert. All the children, except Charles, were born in Minnesota. The Lindberghs homesteaded on 40 acres of woodland east of the future city of Melrose, Minnesota.

The St. Cloud Democrat paper, on August 2, 1861, states that August Lindbergh lost his left arm in a sawmill accident. His 2-year convalescent period gave him time to share his world and political views with his son, Charles. After he recovered, August modified his tools so that he could work one-handed. When Sioux invaded the farmyard and stole his special axe, Louise faced them down and made them give it back.

An early settler and leader of the village of Melrose, Minn, August Lindbergh held various positions and was the town clerk, village recorder, postmaster, school district clerk, banker, and Stearns County Justice of the Peace. A building on his land became the first school in Melrose.

In 1889, the Lindberghs went to Little Falls, Minn to live with their oldest son, Charles Augustus Sr., who was an attorney and Minnesota Congressman.

Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1917). Charles Sr. did not seek renomination in 1916. He was a candidate for the nomination for Governor of Minnesota on the Farmer-Labor ticket in 1924, but his death occurred before the primary election was held. Charles A. Sr. died in Crookston, Minnesota on May 24, 1924. The remains of Charles Sr. were cremated and the ashes deposited in the columbarium in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

August & Louise's famed grandson, Charles August Lindbergh, Jr., spent most of his summers as a child and young man visiting his grandparents farm near Melrose. He became an instant hero when he flew the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.

Soon after Charles Jr. completed his famous flight, he did the Guggenheim Tour - a 48-state tour in the "Spirit of St. Louis." On August 25, 1927, he flew from Minneapolis to Little Falls, Minn via Savage, Shakopee, St. Cloud, Melrose and Sauk Centre, Minn. When Lindbergh flew over Melrose, he dropped a letter of greeting on the city, of which his grandfather was one of the founding fathers.

August died in Little Falls, MN on October 14, 1893**. Louise then moved back to Melrose to live with her daughter, Linda Seal.

Louise Lindbergh died on April 22, 1921. August and Louise Lindbergh and three of their young children - Lillian, Louisa & Victor - are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Melrose, Stearns County, Minnesota.

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The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) records indicate that the date of August Lindbergh's death is October 14, 1893...a year earlier than the gravestone indicates. The MHS date is based on a handwritten note in the Lindbergh family bible.

The Minnesota Historical Society also bases the 1893 date on the obituary for August Lindbergh in The Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, Morrison Co., Minn., Friday October 20, 1893, page 1. The headline is "Died: Lindbergh -- in Little Falls, Minn., Oct. 15, 1893, August Lindbergh, age 85 years - 5 months.

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August Lindbergh (12 May 1808 – 14 October 1893) was a Swedish-American farmer and politician. He was the father of the U.S. politician Charles August Lindbergh, and the grandfather of aviator Charles Lindbergh.

August Lindbergh was born Ola Månsson in Smedstorp, Tomelilla Municipality in Skåne, Sweden. His father, Måns Jönsson (at that time, Swedish peasants used patronymics as family names), married to Sara Carlsdotter, owned a small farm and worked as a parish tailor in Smedstorp. Through his marriage to Ingar Jönsdotter, who brought in a substantial dowry, and his own hard work, Månsson became a well-to-do farmer and in 1847 was elected to the Swedish Riksdag of the Estates, representing the farmers' estate. In the Riksdag, he distinguished himself as a brilliant orator (although he most probably had attended only three classes of primary school) and a champion of liberalism, who fought for equal rights for the Jews, for allowing foreigners to hold professorships at Swedish universities, for land reform (proposing to dismember huge estates belonging to the Church of Sweden) and for extending the railway net. He also worked as a bank director. When accused of bribery and embezzlement, Månsson changed his name to August Lindbergh. He left his wife Ingar Jönsdotter and their seven children, and fled to the United States with his mistress (a Stockholm waitress, Lovisa Jansdotter Carlén) and their illegitimate infant son Carl in 1859. Lovisa became Louisa and little Carl became Charles August. They settled in Melrose, Minnesota, where August worked as a farmer and a blacksmith. August became a widower in 1864 at the death of his first wife who had remained in Sweden. August and Louisa had six more children born in Minnesota; the couple married in 1885.[1]

Two of August Lindbergh's sons by his first marriage, Måns and Per, also changed their surnames to Lindbergh while attending college in Sweden. Around 1862, these two and a third son (August Olsson) immigrated to the United States, answering a request for help from their father who had lost an arm in a sawmill accident in 1861. Per came to live on the family farm in Minnesota, but Måns joined an Illinois unit of the Union Army in the American Civil War following which he returned to Sweden. There, Måns organized a group of about 200 immigrants who he brought to Sherburne County, Minnesota. Måns then returned to Sweden to stay and died in Lund in 1870.[1]

August Lindbergh became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1870, joining the Republican Party. He advocated the use of English language by immigrants.[2] After his naturalization he held several posts in Melrose: he was a postmaster between 1879 and 1887, a village recorder and town clerk between 1888 and 1889. He also acted as a Justice of the Peace.

August Lindbergh died in Little Falls, Minnesota. His wife Louisa, thirty years his junior, died on April 22, 1921. They were buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Little Falls together with three of their younger children, who did not live long.

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August Lindbergh's Timeline

1808
May 12, 1808
Smedstorp, Tomelilla Municipality, Skåne, Sweden
1833
July 19, 1833
Age 25
Sverige
1835
April 4, 1835
Age 26
Smedstorp, Sweden
1837
May 13, 1837
Age 29
Smedstorp, Sweden
1840
April 25, 1840
Age 31
Gårdlösa, Skane, Sweden
1843
September 14, 1843
Age 35
Smedstorp, Sweden
1845
November 8, 1845
Age 37
Smedstorp, Sweden
1847
December 16, 1847
Age 39
Hamnlda Kronobergs, Sweden
1849
December 5, 1849
Age 41
Smedstorp, Sweden