William Wells Bjorkgren

#5771, b. 25 Mar 1887, d. 16 Jul 1982
Last Edited:28 May 2017
FatherSvante Leonard Bjorkgren b. 16 Oct 1852, d. 8 Jul 1930
MotherGeorgia Kirk Wells b. 12 Apr 1856, d. 31 Aug 1948

Child of William Wells Bjorkgren and Leona Beatrice Murray

Outline of Life Events:

EventDescription
BirthWilliam Wells Bjorkgren was born on 25 Mar 1887 at Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.1,2,3
Census1900, sonHe was enumerated as the son of Svant Lenard Bjorkgren (given age 47) on the 1900 Census at Tangipahoa Parish, LA.2
DraftRegWilliam Wells Bjorkgren was required to register for the first draft of World War I, held on 5 Jun 1917. At that time, he was living in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA. He was single, working for himself as a farmer. William was described as being of medium height, slender build, with blue eyes and light brown hair.4
MilitaryWilliam Wells Bjorkgren was inducted into the U.S. Army as a Private on 9 Mar 1918 at Amite, Tangipahoa Parish, LA. As with many World War I veterans, most of his records were destroyed in a fire, and only fragments of his war service have been found. He was on a roster of members of the 16th Company, Infantry, Camp Gordon, Georgia, July Automatic Replacement Draft, who were all passengers on the ship Arbroath. The list is undated and destination is not given, but possibly they were on their way from Georgia to New York in July of 1918.5 He was found on a list of passengers aboard the Neleus dated 22 July 1918, still with Company 16, departing New York presumably for Europe.6 On 27 Mar 1919, William departed Brest, France on the Mount Vernon, a member of Company D in the 104th Infantry. He arrived at Boston, Massachusetts on 4 Apr 1919.7 He was with Company D until demobilization, when he received an honorable discharge 21 Apr 1919.8
Census1920, sonWilliam W Bjorkgren (given age 33) was enumerated as a son of S L Bjorkgren (given age 68) on the 1920 Census, living at Tangipahoa Parish, LA.9
MarriageWilliam Wells Bjorkgren married Leona Beatrice Murray, daughter of William Hugh Murray Jr. and Edna Georgiana Steidtmann, on 30 Aug 1927 at All Saints Episcopal Church at Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA. Rev. Brewster of New Orleans presided.10,11
Census1930William Bjorkgren (given age 43) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1930 census, living at Tangipahoa Parish, LA. Also living in the house was his wife Leona Bjorkgren (given age 28), his son(s) Alfred. He was a truck farmer.12
Death, InformantHe was the informant on the death certificate of his father, Svante Leonard Bjorkgren, who died on 8 Jul 1930 at Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.13,3,14
Census1940William Bjorkgen (given age 53) was enumerated on the 1940 census as the head of a household, living at Tangipahoa Parish, LA. Also living with him was his wife, Leona Bjorkgen (given age 38), his son(s) Alfred. William owned his farm, which was valued at $1500. He received no wages, but did receive additional income during the previous year. He and Leona each had achieved a sixth grade education.15
DraftRegWilliam Wells Bjorkgren registered for the draft for World War II, held on 27 Apr 1942. At that time, his residence was in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA, and he gave the name of his wife, Mrs W W Bjorkgren, as someone who would always know his address. He was self-employed. William was described as five feet eleven inches tall and 175 pounds, with blue eyes, gray hair, and light complexion.16
DraftReg, FatherWilliam Wells Bjorkgren was living in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA, at the time of his son's draft registration on 12 Sep 1946.17
DeathHe died at age 95 on 16 Jul 1982 at Seventh Ward Hospital in Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.3,18
BurialHe was buried at Wetmore Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.18,3

Citations:

  1. [S163] Social Security Death Index, viewed on Ancestry.com.
  2. [S374] 1900 U.S. Census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  3. [S357] Wetmore Cemetery. Tangipahoa, LA, USA. Headstone.
  4. [S1036] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. FamilySearch.org. Online image.
  5. [S1669] Ancestry.com. U.S. Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939. online database (images).
  6. [S1670] Ancestry.com. U.S. Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939. online database (images).
  7. [S1671] Ancestry.com. U.S. Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939. online database (images).
  8. [S721] Tangipahoa Parish, LA. Record of Veterans, World War, Tangipahoa Parish, LA. Discharge records. Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse, Amite City, Tangipahoa, LA, USA.
  9. [S375] 1920 U.S. census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  10. [S717] LA. Tangipahoa Parish. Marriage index. Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse, Amite City, Tangipahoa, LA, USA.
  11. [S1563] The New Orleans States. New Orleans, LA. news article.
  12. [S376] 1930 U.S. Census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  13. [S592] Louisiana Secretary of State, Baton Rouge, LA, USA. death certificate.
  14. [S404] The Enterprise. Ponchatoula, La.
  15. [S740] 1940 U.S. Census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  16. [S1037] World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. FamilySearch.org. Online image.
  17. [S1035] World War II First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945. FamilySearch.org. Online image.
  18. [S1537] The New Orleans Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA. Obituary.