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Notes for Rev. Gustaf Peterson MOLLBERG


Was a minister in various places in Saskatchewan, and retired to Regina.

His tombstone shows his birth year as 1863; family history says January 1864.

Gustaf shows up in the 1905 South Dakota census as a 41 year old farmer born in Markaryd, Sweden, and had been in South Dakota (and the USA) for 19 years.

Family history:

“Gustaf was born in Eriksgard, Tanneryd, Markaryd,Sweden. At the age of 22, he arrived abroad the ship “Spain” in New York, NY.He married Oline Moe on Dec 20,1887 in South Dakota and they had two sons, Carl Oscar in 1890 and George Alfred in 1892. Oline died in 1897 at the age of 31.

In 1903, Gustaf married Emma Charlotte Backman who was also Swedish. As they were both in their late ‘30s, they had no more natural children but they adopted a little girl named Isobel Lindblom.

Meanwhile, Emma’s younger sister, Ida, had married Ernest Chester Hillmer in 1894 also in South Dakota. The Hillmers had a very large family eventually totalling eleven living children.

Around 1910, Gustaf and Emma left Marvin, South Dakota to homestead about 65 miles south of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada in the area of Congress.

After they were settled, Gustaf wrote a letter to Emma’s brother-in-law, Ernie Hillmer. He told them there was more good land to be homesteaded so in the fall of 1910, Ernie went to Moose Jaw. He was met by Gustaf and managed to file a homestead in the same district on SE 22-9-2-3 and in April 1911, the rest of the Hillmer family moved to Saskatchewan.

Gustaf met the family in Moose Jaw with a team and a democrat. He took them as far as McFadden’s stopping place the first night, some 20 miles from Moose Jaw, and the balance of the way the following day. Emma Mollberg took the Hillmer family in and kept them until the first building could be erected. The lumber was hauled from Moose Jaw by team and wagon. The building was later used as a barn once a proper house was built by George Berg, son of Mrs. Henry Berg, a widow. The Mollbergs’ had persuaded her to come to Canada with eight of her children. The four older boys filed on homesteads. The current day Congress Baptist cemetery resides on part of Adolph Berg’s original homestead. The Bergs also arrived from Marvin, South Dakota.

Now Reverend Mollberg, Gustaf organized the Baptist Church and he held services in his own home until the Progress Hill School was built and opened in October 1911. Mr. Mollberg was ordained a minister in the Baptist Convention of Saskatchewan on January 14th, 1914. This same year it was decided to have a mission in Assiniboia. Reverend Molberg served from 1912 to 1920 in this area assisted by O.M. Morse and C.W. Clark.

The Mollbergs had a large house and it was used for many social events such as the Ladies’ Aid socials, Sunday school picnics and weddings. Emma Mollberg usually boarded the local school teacher and fed and befriended many of the local bachelors. Quite a number of them were newly arrived from Sweden and, with her welcome, they found a home while getting started in a new country. Many of them attended the Progress Hill School for a few months to learn to read and write a little English.

Gustaf’s son, George, died of complications due to a throat abscess in 1921 at the age of 28.

Gustaf died in 1934 followed by Emma in 1947. They are both buried, along with George and his wife Ruth, in the Congress Baptist church cemetery which is a short driving distance south of the church which still stands. “

Appears in 1911 census living in Moose Jaw with his family, with last name spelled Molberg. It shows him and his wife as immigrating to Canada in 1910, and being of Swedish origin, but American for Nationality.



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