60th Wedding Anniversary
Celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 11, were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Ekstrom of Washburn, [ND]. They were married in Sandviken, Sweden, and with three small children came to Bismarck from Sweden in the summer of 1893. Two years later they moved to Washburn where they live now.
Open house was held at their home in East Washburn Sunday, Oct. 8. Calling on them were neighbors, friends and relatives as well as their sons and daughters, with the exception of Ever of Bismarck. This was the first near complete family reunion in 10 years. Arriving from Oakland, Calif., was their son, Lennie , and from Seattle, Wash., Roy. Egan, Ragner and Freda (Mrs. Larry Hughart) with their families, reside in Washburn. Of the 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, all but 10 were present. (Lennie was a daughter, not a son.)
Mr. Ekstrom is a machinist by trade and his hobby is music. He was engineer of the Washburn Flour Mill for many years and built and operated the first ferry boat at Washburn. (He did not build the ferry boat but was its engineer. See below.) He also owned and tended a blacksmith shop, set up machinery and was a general repair man for a large area as well as engineer on steam threshers. He organized Washburn's first band and was its leader for many years. Mr. Ekstrom and his five sons all have taken leading parts in the band and given freely of their time and talents. Mr. and Mrs. Ekstrom have lived in the Washburn community for the last 49 years. (Bismarck Tribune, Oct. 14, 1944, p. 5.)
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