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Collection Peter Anderson Cederstam papers
Collection Number MSS P:11
Dates of Creation 1855-1902
Extent of Description 1 linear foot, 2 boxes
Language Swedish, English
Creator Cederstram, Peter Anderson, 1830-1902
Search Terms Cederstram, Peter Anderson, 1830-1902
Chisago Lake (Minn.)
Chisago Lake Evangelical Lutheran Church (Center City, Minn.)
Sermons, American--19th century
Sermons, Swedish
Administrative or Biographical History Peter (Pehr) Anderson Cederstam was born on February 14, 1830 in Ranstorp in Glimåkra parish, Kristianstads län, Sweden. His father, Anders Oredsson died a few months before he was born and his mother was Arna Hansdotter. His mother remarried when Cederstam was around 1 years old. The relationship between him and the stepfather was not good and at the age of 10, his mother arranged for him to work with the parish clerk and schoolteacher in Broby to learn a trade before he was expected to go out and support himself. His mother wanted him to become a tailor, but it was not a trade he was interested in. Instead, he began working as a shepherd for a farmer in Fjelkinge parish. The 11-year-old boy was never allowed in the house on the farm besides from when meals were served and he lived in the stable for 1 1/2 years. An uncle arranged for his small inheritance to be paid out and he was sent to a schoolteacher who taught him to write and do basic math. He already knew how to read the catechism. At the age of 15, he was confirmed by T.N. Hasselquist in Glimåkra parish. After being confirmed, his stepfather made him leave the house and Cederstam decided to continue to study. In the spring of 1847, he left for Kristianstad to study at Lankasterskolan, which he did for three years. In 1853, he decided to spend the rest of his inheritance and purchase a ticket to America and he arrived in New York July 17, 1853.
In New York, he connected with T.N. Hasselquist and in the fall of 1854 when Hasselquist became involved with the publishing of the Swedish-American newspaper Hemlandet, Cederstam was asked to serve Hasselquist's congregations. After a meeting with Lars Paul Esbjörn and Erland Carlsson, the reluctant Cederstam was convinced that it was his duty to help his fellow people. He was given a temporary preaching license by the Northern Illinois Conference to serve the congregations in Galesburg, Knoxville, Wataga, Princeton, Monmouth, Abingdon, and Henderson in Hasselquist's absence. In 1855, Cederstam was called to the Swedish congregation in Chisago Lake, Minnesota. Until 1858, he was the only Swedish pastor in the state of Minnesota. Cederstam was ordained in Dixon, Illinois together with A. Andreen in 1856. Shortly thereafter, he married Johanna Laurentia Le Veau. From Chisago Lake, they moved to St. Peter and Scandian Grove (Minnesota) where they stayed until the Indian uprising in 1862 (also known as the Dakota War and the Sioux Uprising). The family fled, and eventually found themselves in Galesburg, Illinois where they stayed at Hasselquist's house until a call from the Swedish congregation in Geneva, Illinois was issued in 1863. Cederstam also served the congregations in DeKalb, Elgin, Batavia, Aurora, Sycamore, and Blackberry while in Geneva. Furthermore, he was a missionary pastor in Minnesota, served the congregations in Tailors Fall, Moor's Prairie, Friend's Home, Kansas, Knoxville, and he was also the President of the Minnesota Conference. Johanna died in 1890 after a long illness. Cederstam died on July 2, 1902. For further biographical information see the translation of his autobiography in this collection.
Scope & Content The bulk of the collection consists of bound notebooks that contain Cederstam's sermons and pastoral duties and both professional and personal account books. Also included is a history from the 25th Anniversary of the Chisago Lutheran Church in Center City, Minnesota and some miscellaneous letters. The notebooks are written in both Swedish and English. There is also a translation of his autobiography by his grandson Hugo Larson and other biographical material.
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