Charles Andrew Lindgren was born 24 February 1871 on the family farm near Galesburg, Knox Co., IL. He died 26 February 1947 at Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD, and is buried with his wife in Highland Cemetery, Fairfax, Gregory Co., SD. (Find A Grave Memorial # 43206997) He filed a homestead claim near Sutherland, Nebraska, then married Wilhelmina Skogland on 23 February 1893 at the Anders Lindgren family farm. Rev. A.B. Norberg officiated. Their attendants were John Theodore Olson and Amanda Louise Lindgren.
Two daughters were born there, Esther and Olga. Drought years struck, and Charles apparently lost the farm. One source says that the family moved 17 miles to another place, where David was born. This was probably during the long drought, when Charles found it necessary to seek work in order for the family to survive. He found employment at North Platte, on the 4,000 acre 'Scout's Rest' ranch owned by Col. William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. His family lived in an abandoned house during that time, while he lived in a tent on the ranch.
They then moved to a very small house on irrigation land. One source indicates that they shared it with Simon and Anna Skoglund, who were Minnie's brother and sister-in-law. After a time, the family moved back to the Wahoo, NE area, where they rented a 160 acre farm. Rhuben and Ruth were born there.
In the spring of 1905, Charles went to Fairfax, SD to purchase a farm. He found one 8 miles east of Fairfax. Orpha was born there. Charles and Minnie lived there until 1922, when they retired to a house in Fairfax.
In 1944, their youngest daughter and her husband moved them to Sioux Falls, SD. There, their first apartment was too close to the Morrell Packing Plant. Apparently the location was downwind from the plant on way too many days! Charles was at home in their North Main apartment when he died in 1947.
Minnie continued to live there until 1960, when she moved to a small cottage on the edge of her son-in-law, C. Burdette Melloon's property east of Sioux Falls, SD.
Wilhelmina "Minnie" Skogland was born 05 May 1871 in Linde, Sweden to Nels Andrew Skogland and Maria Margaret Colson
Wilhelmina had at least five siblings. Her older sisters, Sabina and Sophia, also came to America. Sophia (Find A Grave Memorial# 19590707, who married Andrew Gustave Anderson, (Find A Grave Memorial# 19590680) provided a home for Sabina and Wilhelmina when they first arrived in America. Another sister, Matilda, immigrated to New York state. Her brother, Gustav, immigrated to America, but returned to Sweden due to poor health. Younger brother, Oscar, was killed in a coal mine in Sweden. Youngest sister, Charlotte (Lottie) remained behind in Sweden with their mother. Oral history says that their father was the disowned son of a wealthy man. Because he lacked the skills to be a good provider, the family was extremely poor.
Minnie died 29 Sept 1963 at home in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, SD, and is buried in Highland Cemetery, Fairfax, Gregory, SD with her husband, son, and daughter-in-law. (Find A Grave Memorial # 43206480)
Charles and Minnie had six children:
1. Esther Alfrida May Lindgren born 18 Feb 1894
2. Olga Sabina Lindgren born 05 Dec 1898, died 23 September 1922
3. David Vernon Lindgren was born 26 Jan 1899 near North Platte, Nebraska, and died as an infant.
4. Rhuben Emerald Lindgren, born 14 Jan 1900, died 19 April 1960
5. Ruth Pauline Lindgren born 13 Jan 1903, died 22 September 1980
6. Orpha Sabina Lindgren born 21 Aug 1905, died 30 December 2001