Mr. Sjolander was born in
Ljusdal, Helsingland, Sweden on November 6, 1889 and moved to New York City in 1911.
He arrived in Brooklyn from Osthammer, Sweden. He came to
Portland in 1917 where he lived at his home on North Concord Avenue. Mr.
Sjolander was baptized into the church membership on April 7, 1918. He
was a brother of Rev. Gideon Sjolander. Nathaniel married Ardis Margaret. She passed away on May 5, 1966. Nate and
Ardis were faithful members of Temple. Nate served on the Board of Deacons
for many years. He was a member of the brick layers union. They had
three daughters, Marilyn, Carolyn and Linda. Marilyn and Carolyn were twin
daughters. Carolyn died when she was 18 years old. My Parents and
the Sjolanders would often visit each other usually on Sundays after church for
dinner. After Mr. Sjolander retired from Masonry work he gave me some of
his brick laying tools which I used building things when we moved to the
property we bought near Bethany.
Mr. Sjolander died on January 17, 1970.
In Carolyn Sjolander's Memory
A little angel from above
Has been visiting our place.
She was so sweet, so full of love,
That comes with God's own grace.
She loved her Lord and gave Him praise
For all He'd done for her;
And never failed her voice to raise
In witnessing and prayer.
She only wished her life to
A sacrifice to Him
Who died that others still may live,
And sing with cherubim.
The praise and glory to the
Who was for sinners slain,
And now the battle ere is won
Her life was not in vain.
Thanks to the Lord who gives
Thanks to the Lord that conquered death,
Thanks to the Lord that molds our will
To be obedient, silent and still.
Composed by Nathaniel Sjolander, her father
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