Emigrants From Ljusne



In 1906, 106 citizens emigrated from Ljusne to the US of which many went to Duluth, Minnesota.


The emigration from Ljusne started with a meeting in 1905 held at Fejan, a place near the old bridge over the river Ljusnan. More than 1500 workers had gathered there because the Lord Hallwyll, who owned the saw-mill, had refused to give them a place to hold a meeting indoors. The workers were therefore forced to meet outdoors on a road.


At the meeting a letter was written to the Swedish king and government in which the workers showed their appreciation to the way the state had handled the dissolution of the union between Sweden and Norway in 1905. The letter began with the words:” 1500 poor workers from Ljusne and Ala gathered at a public road in lack of a room for the meeting, hereby sending your Majesty dear compliments ....”


The real meening of the letter came through and Lord Hallwyll was called to the king who wondered in which way the L.H. really treated his workers.


When he came back to Ljusne L.H punished the workers. Those of them who had signed the letter where immediately taken out of work and the conflict between the lord and the workers was driven so far that the lord closed the saw-mill for one year.


To many of the workers life became unbearable, they had no other work and were also punished because of their political idealogy. Many of them were communists.


Therefore they chose to emigrate to America.

Two of them where my mothers uncles:



The family in Sweden have heard that Albert was killed by shooting but we dont know where or why.

Submitted by: Birgit Sahlin

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