Alfred Hugh Bjorkgren

#1002, b. 12 Sep 1928, d. 20 Sep 2011
Last Edited:28 Sep 2017
FatherWilliam Wells Bjorkgren b. 25 Mar 1887, d. 16 Jul 1982
MotherLeona Beatrice Murray b. 9 Nov 1901, d. 23 Dec 1991
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Michael Murray

Outline of Life Events:

EventDescription
BirthAlfred Hugh Bjorkgren was born on 12 Sep 1928 at Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.
Census1930, sonAlfred Bjorkgren (given age 1 8/12) was enumerated as a son of William Bjorkgren (given age 43) on the 1930 Census. They lived at Tangipahoa Parish, LA.1
Census1940, sonAlfred Bjorkgen (given age 11) was enumerated on the 1940 Census as a son of William Bjorkgen (given age 53), living at Tangipahoa Parish, LA. He attended school, and had completed the sixth grade.2
DraftRegAlfred Hugh Bjorkgren registered for the first draft for World War II on 12 Sep 1946. At that time, his residence was in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA, and he gave the name of his father, William Wells Bjorkgren, as someone who would always know his address. Alfred was a student, and was described as 6 feet tall, 162 pounds, with blue eyes, blonde hair, and light complexion. He had a scar on his left hip and a scar on his right leg.3
MilitaryAlfred Hugh Bjorkgren served in the military between 1948 and 1956 with the 39th Infantry Division, Louisiana and Arkansas National Guard, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was PFC in the 105th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Battery C. He later became a gunnery sergeant in the Heavy Mortar company, 199th Infantry.4,5
GraduationHe graduated on 3 Jun 1950 with a B.S. in Agronomy from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA.6
OccupationAfter fulfilling his National Guard service, he worked as a County Agent in the Shreveport area.
OccupationShortly after their marriage, Alfred and Martha moved to the New Orleans area. He went to work as a Federal Grain Inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in New Orleans, Louisiana, performing chemical analysis of grain samples. He was often sent to grain elevators out of town to perform inspection work.
DeathHe died at age 83 on 20 Sep 2011, at his home in Metairie, Jefferson Parish, LA.
BurialHe was buried at Wetmore Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.

Citations:

  1. [S376] 1930 U.S. Census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  2. [S740] 1940 U.S. Census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  3. [S1035] World War II First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945. FamilySearch.org. Online image.
  4. [S379] Grandma B's little black scrapbook. "Murray/Steidtmann photos & articles". Scrapbook pages. Held by Joyce Rivette.
  5. [S354] Martha Bjorkgren, interview. various dates.
  6. [S1559] The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. news article.