There’s a Swedish website with old newspapers now digitized. Found this article…can’t wait to see if I can find some more!
This is a notice placed by my great-great-grandfather Jöns Mårtensson (John Martinson) to sell off his farm equipment in advance of his trip to America. His wife Nilla and three children stayed behind but followed him to America the following year.
I love that the Fridhem train station is mentioned, and that “Fridhem” (peaceful home) is the name of the cemetery where he’s buried.
In view of selling the homestead and moving to America the homestead owner and wagon maker Jöns Mårtensson at nr 6 Skoglösa (near the Fridhem station) will sell all of his belongings by an open auction starting 9 am on April 6 consisting of one horse, one cow, one pregnant pig, tools to use for transportation to and work on the fields, two new and one used grain riddle, multiple good tools for making wagons and general carpentry of which one is a lathe, a lot of dry lumber of oak, beech and birch, of which multiple spokes can be made, boards and planks of oak and fur, bedclothes, clothes, some new sacks, some furniture, ironware and woodware, cereals and potatoes; and various stuff, all with two months payment terms for reliable purchasers, others when asked to pay; for payments later than the day of auction 6 % interest will be charged from the day of auction.
Önnestad April 1, 1869