Johan Ernfrid was one of three brothers of my great grandfather that emigrated from Sweden to USA. One of the three brothers came back to Sweden to visit. Johan Ernfrid and the brother Nils Gustaf Henrik didn't.
I don't find any good traces of them after the WWI draft records.
Does anyone have suggestions for me how I could try to find out something else?
Johan Ernfrid Ekberg
Born 25 Aug 1879 in Malmö, Malmö Sankt Petri, Sweden
Nils Gustaf Henrik Ekberg
Born 4 Jun 1887 in S:t Petri, Malmö, Sweden
I found a 1920, 1930, and 1940 census for a John Ekberg from Sweden in Alameda, California. Which is about 10 miles from where he was 1918. The thing is, in 1920 he is married with a 14 year old son who was born in Sweden. And I wonder why he would give his mothers name on the WWI draft registration instead of his wife's. Though it does appear that he may have traveled to and from Sweden a few times. I'm thinking if it is him, his wife and son may have been staying in Sweden until after the war.
Could it be him? I can't find his wife or son before 1920. I will post the 1920 census. Let me know if you want the others.
They didn't show up in my search at FamilySearch. Here is the 1930 and 1940.
In the Swedish-American Newspaper Archive, I found a few Swedish-language newspaper articles mentioning the same Johan and Esther Ekberg in Alameda, California. My Swedish isn't strong, but it looks like both were born and married in Lysekil, Bohuslän, which is on the west coast of Sweden -- quite a bit north of Malmö. Could be a false match.
Vestkusten 18 Sep 1930, page 5 mentions them and their 25th/silver wedding anniversary
Vestkusten 25 Nov 1965, page 5 is a longer article with some nice backstory, makes mention of their son Gust, as they celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
Vestkusten 22 Aug 1968, page 5 mentions them receiving a visit from Ester's nephew
Sorry I couldn't help and wasted any of your time. : P
Thank you, yes I found that too earlier. In a book from his school in Malmö it says he went to Bridgeport and worked as an engineer.
The thing is that on his WWI draft record I interpret it as he says he works as "house cleaner". I guess it's not uncommon to lie about your occupation if you weren't as "successful" as you had hoped for.