My great uncle, Walter Alfred Esterberg, was born on 27 Oct 1890, in Huron, South Dakota. His parents, born in Sweden, immigrated in the middle to late 1800s and settled in what was known as Dakota Territory. He was the second and last child, born four years after his sister Teckla.
married or had children, but he enjoyed his four nieces and one nephew. In
South Dakota, he lived with his mother, Anna, after his dad died in 1913. After
she died in 1933, Walter inherited the farm.
He really loved
to travel which consisted of a series of train trips. During one train trip,
his brother-in-law, George Swanson, helped with the farm which had cows,
chickens, geese, and pigs. Another of his train trips was to the World’s Fair
in 1933, where he had a gold pin fashioned with my mother’s name, Beryl, and
gave it to her.
a letter in 1941, where he talked about the weather and his farm
responsibilities, but he was having a difficult time with pain in his stomach, and
he wrote that he was going to get it checked out. Months later, his sister,
Teckla, my maternal grandmother, had to help take care of him because he was too
ill. After only three months, he died in a Huron hospital on 10 June 1941, from
carcinoma (cancer) of the stomach. Three days later he was laid to rest in
Riverside Cemetery, located on the east side of Huron, with graveside Odd
Picture shows Walter Esterberg, with his nieces, Maxine and Georgia Swanson - about 1913, on the farm outside Huron, South Dakota.
Welte Family History Research
- For over 40 years, I have been researching my family history. Now that I'm retired, I can devote more time and effort into more research, compilation, and organization of that work! Over the past 12 years, I have been very fortunate in teaching genealogy classes, along with my computer experience, at Blackhawk Technical College. I've also created a business - "Field of Genes" - a "Ride-N-Seek" experience to help other families find their own ancestors.