Alida and Theodore Linde
In the link below, my first cousin once removed Melanie Silvester writes about her
ancestors (and mine) and how they came to America and established a presence in the
Pacific Northwest. Theodore and Alida Linde are my paternal grandparents and
are Melanie's great grandparents on her mother's side.
In the picture below, they are standing to the left of my mother (first
row, fourth, fifth and sixth from the left). Curiously, my father isn't in
(Bottom row: Alfred, Cemoria, Theodore, Alida, Sigrid, Victor; Top row:
Ranghilde, Fritz, Ragnar, Helge, Henry)
According to letters exchanged between Alida and
Theodore, Alida writes about not wanting to marry Theodore if he continues
in his boozing ways.
This letter was translated from Swedish and
written in 1899.
"... Can you tell me if I have let you down any more than you have done
to me. You remember that you have said that you would s
boozing. But I see you have not meant that. But a voluntary sincere promise
I want from you as to whether you mean to stop or not so I can act
accordingly. If you want me in your life then you must stop boozing.... "
Perhaps, 18-year-old Alida Oslin found a solution to
Theodore’s drinking problem at a meeting conducted by LDS missionaries in
The following paragraph is taken from the link below:
“Eighteen-year-old daughter Alida Oslin, however, had heard disturbing
rumors about the missionaries and wanted nothing to do with them. She said
emphatically to a friend, who wanted her to go to a public meeting conducted
by the (LDS) missionaries, ‘Nothing doing! I wouldn’t go near people like
that for anything.’ But Alida’s friend begged her, and finally Alida
consented to go just to show the missionaries how wrong they were. Arming
herself with her well-worn Bible and a few
choice scriptures, she marched into the hall ready to argue. However, as the
elders started preaching, Alida felt a sweet spirit fill her heart and
whisper to her that what they were saying was true. She no longer wanted to
argue, but instead desired to hear more and invited them to teach her and
her beau, Theodore Linde.”
The "Word of Wisdom" is the common name of a section
of the Doctrine and Covenants, a book considered by many churches within the
Latter Day Saint movement to consist of revelations from God.
The text discourages the use of strong drink and
wine. Did the Word of Wisdom present a solution to Alida's problem with
Theodore's boozing ways?
Silvester, Melanie, L., "
A Branch of Faith in the
Forest," April, 2002.
b.19 Jun 1881 Liden, Sundsvall, Västernorrland, Sweden. d.20
Feb 1932 Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, United Kristina Alida Oslin.
b.19 Jun 1881 Liden, Sundsvall, Västernorrland, Sweden. d.20 Feb 1932
Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, United ...
Joseph Frederick Linde:
Birth: Sep. 17, 1874
Sep. 18, 1940
Joseph Frederick Teodor Linde
Indalsliden, Boda, Vasternorrland, Sweden (Born)
Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington(died)
married Alida Kristina Oslin in Sweden 9 Sep 1899
Richard and his dad, Redmond, Washington, 1979.