Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Good Lives Led…..

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A young man—Jonas—was born in Sweden in 1850…life was beautiful there……

When he was a young man, a new-found faith led him across the ocean to America and the Wild, Wild West…

Jonas Ostlund, young
 
Jonas Ostlund kept a general store in the small western town he settled in…and life was beautiful there, too…

Jonas Ostlund

His son, Hjaldermar (isn’t that a wonderful Swedish name?),  was born in that small western town in 1878.
 
He helped his father in the store when he was a teenager. 

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As a young man, a wonderful opportunity arose…and work on a new canal led him to Alberta, Canada…His father and family soon joined him there.

Years later, Hjaldermar Ostlund became a distinguished Canadian barrister. 

Hjaldermar Ostlund

His son, Dow, was born in a small town in Alberta, Canada in 1912…and life was beautiful there…what a wonderful childhood he had!

Dow Ostlund, about 1915

When he was a young man, service for his Church led him to America—Portland, Oregon.  While serving there, he met a beautiful young woman from Arizona…

Dow Ostlund--Missionary

After Dow’s time of service was over, he thought often about this young woman, and they began to correspond…a family visit was made…a through-the-mail proposal was later offered—and joyfully accepted…

Velda Ellen Stapley--young

…and love led him to Arizona, where he became a banker…and life was beautiful there…………….

Dow Ostlund--Bank Portrait

…more stories for other days…


Another Fathers page made yesterday at the special request of my sweet Mother…Dow’s daughter…

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Three generations of very good men who led very good lives…I’m so grateful for that…

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Beautiful stamped photo corners from Crafty Secrets’ “Photo Studio” stamp set…

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Rough, rustic twine isn’t girly, is it?  (Even if you make a bow out of it???)

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I love these keys from the Tim Holtz collection…

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The beautiful print paper and vintage journaling sheet are from Crafty Secrets’ new “Vintage Paper Patterns” CD…love them!

Good lives led….
                                    …I will try to do the same…..
Julie