Axel Henry and Mathilda (Anderson) Hedborg were early homesteaders in Alder — you could say they blazed the trail. (They were members of the Pioneer Association of 1928. To be on this roster you had come to the area before 1903.)
In 1889, Henry bought 160 acres about 3 miles outside Alder. He had to clear the land to make space to build a log cabin. His farm prospered and in 1923 he purchased another 160 acres and Hedborg’s farm was considered one best around.
They had 4 children — Curtis, Helen, Sadie and Ida. You may see Ida’s name come up again. She taught school in Eatonville for a number of years.
Photo courtesy of Linda Lewis.
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4 responses to “Henry and Mathilda Hedborg”
Diane, I live on the Hedborg Homestead, yes it; still in the family after all these years, I;m in posession of a great many early photos of the Eatonville Alder area. Leslie Dunlap has taken the project of scanning and presearving them in digital form . I will be at the next school ciriculum meeting in March to make available what we have done. Leslie told me a little about the PBS project and I have quite a few from the Ohop Valley area. Maybe we can touch bases there. Jerry Brashears
I should be st the March meeting. Would LOVE to get a copy of any of the digital photos you’d like to share with PBS as well as the great community on the website. 🙂 Look forward to meeting you in person. Di
Hey Jerry – just in case you didn’t sign-up for comment thread updates, wanted to share that I would love to connect with you if you are willing – we are descendants of the Kruse/Hotes families 🙂
Hi Jerry! We are descendants of the Kruse/Hotes families (Christian and Eliza Kruse who settled in Alder around 1892 are my Great Great Grandparents and Martin Hotes, the first postmaster who platted the town was my Great Great Uncle). Do you happen to know if you have any images or information on the families/old town of Alder before the flood? Interestingly enough, we learned through the Dispatch and family lore that the Alder Community Club actually sits where the Kruse barn did on the old Kruse Homestead!
Anyhow, would love to connect with you! Thank you again!