Alida and Theodore Linde

In the link below, my first cousin once removed Melanie Silvester writes about her ancestors (and mine) and how they came to America and established a presence in the Pacific Northwest. Theodore and Alida Linde are my paternal grandparents and are Melanie's great grandparents on her mother's side.

In the picture below, they are standing to the left of my mother (first row, fourth, fifth and sixth from the left). Curiously, my father isn't in the photo.

(Bottom row: Alfred, Cemoria, Theodore, Alida, Sigrid, Victor; Top row: Ranghilde, Fritz, Ragnar, Helge, Henry)

According to letters exchanged between Alida and Theodore, Alida writes about not wanting to marry Theodore if he continues in his boozing ways. This letter was translated from Swedish and written in 1899.

"... Can you tell me if I have let you down any more than you have done to me. You remember that you have said that you would stop boozing. But I see you have not meant that. But a voluntary sincere promise I want from you as to whether you mean to stop or not so I can act accordingly. If you want me in your life then you must stop boozing.... "

Perhaps, 18-year-old Alida Oslin found a solution to Theodore’s drinking problem at a meeting conducted by LDS missionaries in Sweden.

The following paragraph is taken from the link below:

“Eighteen-year-old daughter Alida Oslin, however, had heard disturbing rumors about the missionaries and wanted nothing to do with them. She said emphatically to a friend, who wanted her to go to a public meeting conducted by the (LDS) missionaries, ‘Nothing doing! I wouldn’t go near people like that for anything.’ But Alida’s friend begged her, and finally Alida consented to go just to show the missionaries how wrong they were. Arming herself with her well-worn Bible and a few choice scriptures, she marched into the hall ready to argue. However, as the elders started preaching, Alida felt a sweet spirit fill her heart and whisper to her that what they were saying was true. She no longer wanted to argue, but instead desired to hear more and invited them to teach her and her beau, Theodore Linde.

The "Word of Wisdom" is the common name of a section of the Doctrine and Covenants, a book considered by many churches within the Latter Day Saint movement to consist of revelations from God.

The text discourages the use of strong drink and wine. Did the Word of Wisdom present a solution to Alida's problem with Theodore's boozing ways?

Silvester, Melanie, L., " A Branch of Faith in the Forest," April, 2002.


Kristina Alida Oslin. b.19 Jun 1881 Liden, Sundsvall, Västernorrland, Sweden. d.20 Feb 1932 Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, United Kristina Alida Oslin. b.19 Jun 1881 Liden, Sundsvall, Västernorrland, Sweden. d.20 Feb 1932 Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, United ...

Joseph Frederick Linde:

Birth: Sep. 17, 1874
Death: Sep. 18, 1940

from Sylvia Linde:
Joseph Frederick Teodor Linde
Indalsliden, Boda, Vasternorrland, Sweden (Born)
Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington(died)

married Alida Kristina Oslin in Sweden 9 Sep 1899


Richard and his dad, Redmond, Washington, 1979.








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