Province of Skane

The Ecklund Family came to America from the Skåne province of Sweden.

The Province of Skåne (or Scania) occupies the southernmost part of the Scandinavian peninsula. It has been a part of Sweden since 1658, but culturally and historically many of the residents consider themselves more Danish than Swede. The Danish capital of Copenhagen lies a short thirty miles off the Skanish coast while Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is more that 700 miles distant by land. Skåne is a land of vast fertile plains and deciduous forests and is one of the few parts of Scandinavia suited for agriculture.

The Coat of Arms for the Province of Skåne was created in 1660 for the funeral of Charles X Gustav of Sweden. It contains a Pomeranian Griffin's head wearing a ducal coronet, or more formally - "Or, a Griffin's head erased Gules, crowned Azure and armed Azure, when it should be armed."

Ola's last name had been Johnson, but when he and his young son emigrates to America in 1870, Ola finds there are too many people with this surname and decides to change the family name to Ecklund, which is Swedish for "oak land". In Scandinavia it is common to derive names from nature.


Ola Ecklund
1836 -

Ola emigrates to America in 1870, and finding there are too many Johnsons he changes the family name to Ecklund.
John Ecklund
1861 - 1919

After moving to America with his parents, John becomes a Minnesota farmer and then retires to Oregon.
Hannah Theodora Okeson Hannah Theodora Ecklund
1888 - 1962

Hannah's employer tries to interest her in his favorite son, only to have her fall in love with his other son.

  John Ecklund Harold Ecklund Winnefred Ecklund Hannah Ecklund Maynard Ecklund Mable Ecklund Clarence Okeson Virgie Okeson James Okeson Marlow Torgerson Harris Torgerson Paul Torgerson Ester Ecklund Olga Ecklund Ruben Ecklund Betty Rowley Philip Rowley Geraldine Ecklund Betty Rowley



Names Index

ANDERSON, Sophie
COCHRAN, Helen
ECKLUND, Ester
ECKLUND, Esther
ECKLUND, George
ECKLUND, Hannah
ECKLUND, Harold
ECKLUND, Helen
ECKLUND, James
ECKLUND, John
ECKLUND, Mable
ECKLUND, Maynard

ECKLUND, Olga
ECKLUND, Reuben
ECKLUND, Sophie
ECKLUND, Winnefred
ENGLE, Billy
FRETLAND, Esther
HALEY, Betty
HALPIN, Winnefred
KEPHART, Betty
KLINGE, Betty
KUSLER, Virgie
MAYFIELD, Geraldine

McGOWAN, Alice
OKESON, August
OKESON, Clarence
OKESON, Hannah
OKESON, James
OKESON, Nora
OKESON, Virgie
PRUETT, Betty
RICHARDSON, Nora
ROWLEY, Betty
ROWLEY, Billy
ROWLEY, Ester

ROWLEY, Geraldine
ROWLEY, Philip
THOMPSON, Esther
TORGERSON, Harris
TORGERSON, Mable
TORGERSON, Marlow
TORGERSON, Paul
VANDERGRIFT, Virgie
WOODWORTH, Virgie
WOODY, Olga
YARBROUGH, Olga