Friday, March 18, 2011

Victor Elge - another mystery

My second cousin, 2x removed, Victor Elg, was born in Gustafsström, Sweden 10 January 1879. As a young man he works in a steel mill at St.Tuna, Sweden. On 17 April 1903, Victor Elg emigrates from St. Tuna, Sweden, to McKeesport, Pennsylvania. McKeesport was part of the steelmaking district around Pittsburgh, and many Swedes with similar backgrounds worked here.

In the 1930 US Census, Victor Elge, b abt 1879, is listed as a “guest” of the Skagit County jail, Mount Vernon, Skagit, Washington. According to the Washington Digital Archives, Victor Elge died in Tacoma, Pierce County, at the age of 63 on September 28, 1941. His parents are listed as Lars Frederick Elge and Anna Carolina Elge, which confirms that this is “my” Victor Elg.

This is all I know about Victor, which leaves a number of questions: When did he go west? I assume he worked in the logging industry, possibly as a blacksmith, given his background. What put him in jail in 1930? Did he leave any family?

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