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June Pelo
04-04-07, 19:40
I have a query from the docent for the estate of Lunt and Fontanne. They are researching Alfred's background and found that his father was a Swede-Finn: Dr. Carl Söderholm, with family in Järvelä. Does anyone have any information or know where I can find more information - would there be any living descendants?


June Pelo
05-04-07, 01:34
I have a little more information about Alfred Lunt:
He was born 12 Aug 1892 in Wisconsin, and died Aug 1977. His parents lived in Maine - don't know names. His stepfather Carl Söderholm was born ca 1868 in Finland (perhaps Järvelä, Kaustby/Kaustinen?) and emigrated in 1892, the same year Alfred was born in WI. Wonder what the connection was between these families. I tried to find Lunt in HisKi, and found Lunta, Lunti in several parishes. I couldn't find anyone who seemed to be Carl Söderholm in HisKi. Information about Alfred Lunt's background is scarce on the Internet. I was hoping to find a link back to Finland for Lunt and Söderholm in order to know where they came from.


05-04-07, 05:41
Hi June,
Here is Alfred Lunt's death record. I'll see what else I can find. :D

Best Regards,

Social Security Death Index
Name: Alfred Lunt
SSN: 088-05-7579
Last Residence: 53127 Genesee Depot, Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States of America
Born: 12 Aug 1892
Last Benefit: 53127 Genesee Depot, Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States of America
Died: Aug 1977
State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951 )

Source Citation: Number: 088-05-7579;Issue State: New York;Issue Date: Before 1951.

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]

05-04-07, 05:51
Hi June,
O.K. We're talking a movie star here! :cool: Found many obits. that mentioned Lunt and Fontanne in them. Here is one example!!!


Jan 15, 9:51 AM EST

Actress Uta Hagen Dies at 84

AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Uta Hagen, the actress whose brutal, braying performance of Martha in the original production of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" galvanized Broadway in the 1960s, has died. She was 84.

Hagen died Wednesday at her Manhattan home, said Barnetta Carter, managing director of HB Studios, the acting school she helped found.

The actress was a versatile performer, at home not only in Shakespeare, Chekhov and Shaw, but in plays by Albee, Clifford Odets and Tennessee Williams. Hagen also was a dedicated acting teacher, running HB Studios with her husband, Herbert Berghof, who died in 1990.

But in was as Martha in Albee's corrosive 1962 tale of a combative marriage that she gained her biggest Broadway success. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Albee called Hagen "a profoundly truthful actress" and "a dedicated and demanding teacher."

"I should add," Albee said, "she was a great anti-hypocrite, and a superb cook - not a bad friend to have."

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Actress Uta Hagen Dies at 84

Hagen also took on such roles as Georgie in Odets' "The Country Girl" and, after Jessica Tandy left the role, Blanche DuBois opposite Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire." She received a Tony Award for lifetime achievement in 1999 and was awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 2002.

The daughter of an art history professor and opera singer, Hagen was born in Germany and moved to Wisconsin when she was 7. She left college to pursue acting and made her debut in a 1937 production of "Hamlet."

Hagen's first Broadway production was "The Seagull" in 1938 with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. She played Nina. Hagen met her first husband, Jose Ferrer, while acting opposite him in "The Latitude of Love" in Ridgefield, Conn. She later appeared with him on Broadway in "Othello," with Paul Robeson as the title character, Ferrer as Iago and Hagen as Desdemona. They were married for a decade and had a daughter, Leticia Ferrer.

Hagen then married Berghof and the couple together founded the HB Studios, a performing arts training school, in Greenwich Village.

In addition to her daughter, Hagen is survived by granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.


Associated Press writer Elizabeth LeSure contributed to this report.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

05-04-07, 05:57
Hi June,
My husband wants to know if this was an April Fool's Day joke, and I'm the butt of the joke!?! :o


05-04-07, 06:11
Hi June,
I e-mailed you the US Public Records on living Lunt's.

Best Regards,

05-04-07, 06:19
Hi June,
I e-mailed public records to you on Fontanne's.

Denise :D

05-04-07, 06:38
Hi June,
It appears to me that the stepfather's name wasn't Carl Soderholm, but on Ancestry.com he is listed as Carl Severholm. I guess someone is wishful thinking they are related to a movie star! :rolleyes:


1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Alfred Lunt
Home in 1900: Milwaukee Ward 16, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Age: 7
Estimated birth year: abt 1893
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Relationship to head-of-house: Stepson
Mother's name: Harriet
Race: White
Occupation: View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Carl Severholm 32
Harriet Severholm 38
Alfred Lunt 7
Ida Endlich 23

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Milwaukee Ward 16, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Roll: T623 1805; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 141.

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census

05-04-07, 22:03
Hi June,
Here is a family tree submitted on Ancestry.com on Alfred Lunt.


Alfred David Lunt
Personal Information
See Pedigree View Mary Washburn B: 8 Apr 1822
D: 12 Feb 1884Harriet W BriggsHarriet Washburn Briggs
B: 1 Apr 1862
D: 15 May 1953Daniel Briggs B: 22 Apr 1819
D: 11 Jun 1865SallieB:
D: Alfred David LuntB: 1830
D: 1894Nathaniel LuntB:
D: Alfred David Lunt
Born: 12 Aug 1892
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Died: 3 Aug 1977
[city], Prostatic Cancer Northwestern Memorial Chicago Cook, Illinois, USA
View person's info

Lillie Louise Fontanne
Born: 6 Dec 1887 in Woodford, [parish], [county], England
Died: 30 Jul 1983 in Genesee Depot, Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA
Marriage: 26 May 1922 in New York, New York, New York, USA View Info
Children Sex Birth

05-04-07, 22:08
Hi June,
Here's another one! Contact Don at email address: dcwombat*sbcglobal.net


Wombat Genealogy
Entries: 5331 Updated: 2007-03-30 03:33:10 UTC (Fri) Contact: Don Wilson


This database includes only ancestors and relatives of my children.


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 1


1. Alfred David LUNT was born 12 Aug 1892 in Milwaukee, WI, and died 3 Aug 1977 in Chicago, IL. He was the son of 2. Alfred David LUNT and 3. Harriet Washburn BRIGGS. He married Lillie Louise "Lynn" FONTANNE 26 May 1922 in New York, NY. She was born 6 Dec 1887 in Woodford, England, and died 30 Jul 1983 in Genesee, WI.


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 2


2. Alfred David LUNT was born 1830, and died 1894.

3. Harriet Washburn BRIGGS was born 1 Apr 1862, and died 15 May 1953. She was the daughter of 6. Daniel BRIGGS and 7. Mary WASHBURN.

Child of Harriet Washburn BRIGGS and Alfred David LUNT is:1. i. Alfred David LUNT was born 12 Aug 1892 in Milwaukee, WI, and died 3 Aug 1977 in Chicago, IL. He married Lillie Louise "Lynn" FONTANNE 26 May 1922 in New York, NY. She was born 6 Dec 1887 in Woodford, England, and died 30 Jul 1983 in Genesee, WI.


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 3


6. Daniel BRIGGS was born 22 Apr 1819, and died 11 Jun 1865. He was the son of 12. Daniel BRIGGS and 13. Phebe THOMAS.

7. Mary WASHBURN was born 8 Apr 1822, and died 12 Feb 1884.

Child of Mary WASHBURN and Daniel BRIGGS is:3. i. Harriet Washburn BRIGGS was born 1 Apr 1862, and died 15 May 1953. She married Alfred David LUNT. He was born 1830, and died 1894.


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 4


12. Daniel BRIGGS was born 5 Jul 1774, and died 15 Apr 1860.

13. Phebe THOMAS was born 8 Feb 1788, and died 6 Sep 1837. She was the daughter of 26. Samuel THOMAS and 27. Keziah THOMAS.

Child of Phebe THOMAS and Daniel BRIGGS is:6. i. Daniel BRIGGS was born 22 Apr 1819, and died 11 Jun 1865. He married Mary WASHBURN. She was born 8 Apr 1822, and died 12 Feb 1884.


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 5


26. Samuel THOMAS was born 20 Oct 1763.

27. Keziah THOMAS was born 11 Feb 1765 in Middleborough, MA. She was the daughter of 54. Jedediah THOMAS and 55. Keziah CHURCHILL.

Child of Keziah THOMAS and Samuel THOMAS is:13. i. Phebe THOMAS was born 8 Feb 1788, and died 6 Sep 1837. She married Daniel BRIGGS. He was born 5 Jul 1774, and died 15 Apr 1860.


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 6


54. Jedediah THOMAS was born 19 Feb 1727 in Middleborough, MA, and died 19 Jan 1813 in Hartford, ME. He was the son of 108. Jedediah THOMAS and 109. Lois NELSON.

55. Keziah CHURCHILL was born Abt 1732 in Carver, MA, and died 21 Jun 1800 in Middleborough, MA.

Child of Keziah CHURCHILL and Jedediah THOMAS is:27. i. Keziah THOMAS was born 11 Feb 1765 in Middleborough, MA. She married Samuel THOMAS. He was born 20 Oct 1763.


All information is hand entered, but much has been copied from other WorldConnect databases. Nothing is documented, but I have verified almost all of the four most recent generations.

05-04-07, 22:20
Hi June,
Here's a bit more on Alfred Lunt. Contact David's email address:


ID: I79582
Given Name: ALFRED * DAVID
Surname: LUNT
Sex: M
_UID: DB41C0B5F080424CA451FBA800F2172F5FE4
Change Date: 30 Apr 2005
Lunt and Fontanne, two actors who were husband and wife and who frequently worked together, Alfred Lunt (1893-1977), an American, and Lynn Fontanne (1887?-1983), an Anglo-American.

Lunt was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and educated at Carroll College and Harvard University. He made his stage debut in Boston in 1913. His first success on Broadway was in the title role in Clarence (1919). In 1922 he married Fontanne, and after they joined the Theatre Guild in 1924, they often starred together. Fontanne was born in London and made her debut there in 1905. Beginning in 1910 she toured the U.S. several times, enjoying her first triumph in the title role in Dulcy (1921). Together the Lunts delighted theatergoers on Broadway as well as on frequent tours throughout the U.S. They were noted for their urbanity and the brilliance of their theatrical technique. Among the productions in which the couple appeared are The Guardsman (1924), Pygmalion (1927), The Taming of the Shrew (1935), There Shall Be No Night (1940), Quadrille (1954), and The Visit (1958).

Lunt was also a successful theatrical and operatic director. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. In 1980 Fontanne was one of five artists who were honored for lifetime achievement by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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He and his wife had a joint career as the pre-eminent actor couple on the American stage.

Lynn Fontanne (1922 - 1977) (his death)

He appears on a U.S. 33 cent stamp, with Lynn Fontanne, debuting 3/1/99 in New York City.

Awarded a Tony in 1954 for his direction of the play, "Ondine."

Is an honorary brother of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Has won three Tony Awards: in 1954, as Best Director for "Ondine;" in 1955, as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Quadrille;" and in 1970, a Special Award shared with his wife, Lynn Fontanne. He was also nominated in 1959 as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "The Visit."
Personal quotes
"The secret of my success? I speak in a loud clear voice and try not to bump into the furniture."

Actor - filmography
(1930s) (1920s)

The Guardsman (1931) .... The Actor
Lovers in Quarantine (1925) .... MackIntosh Josephs
Sally of the Sawdust (1925) .... Peyton Lennox
Second Youth (1924) .... Roland Farwell Francis
The Ragged Edge (1923) .... Howard Spurlock
Backbone (1923) .... John Thorne/Andre de Mersay

Himself - filmography

Stage Door Canteen (1943) .... Himself
Show Business at War (1943) .... Himself
... aka The March of Time Volume IX, Issue 10

Notable TV Guest Appearances

"The Dick Cavett Show" playing "Himself" 1 June 1970
"Hallmark Hall of Fame" playing "Oliver Wendell Holmes" in episode: "The Magnificent Yankee" 28 January 1965
"The United States Steel Hour" playing "Host" in episode: "The Old Lady Shows Her Medals" (episode # 10.21) 18 June 1963
"Producers' Showcase" in episode: "The Great Sebastians" (episode # 3.8) 1 April 1957
"Toast of the Town" playing "Himself" (episode # 5.17) 30 December 1951
"Toast of the Town" playing "Himself" (episode # 5.11) 18 November 1951

Birth: 12 AUG 1892
Death: 3 AUG 1977

Father: Alfred David Lunt b: 1830
Mother: Harriet Washburn Briggs b: 1 APR 1862
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Marriage 1 Lynn Fontanne

05-04-07, 22:41
Hi June,
Here is the Alfred Lunt from the 1850 Census, born in 1830.


1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Alfred Lunt
Age: 20
Estimated birth year: abt 1830
Birth Place: Maine
Gender: Male
Home in 1850
(City,County,State): Old Town, Penobscot, Maine

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Old Town, Penobscot, Maine; Roll: M432_266; Page: 248; Image: 69.

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census

05-04-07, 22:53
Hi June,
Here is an Alfred M. Lunt married to a Harriet in the 1880 Census.


June Pelo
06-04-07, 01:40
Thank you, Denise! It will take a while to go through all that data. But I have figured out a few things: Alfred Lunt's family did not come from Finland - as near as I can figure it out, his parents lived in Maine. His father married late in life (age 61) to a woman who was 32 years younger, whose family came from MA. Don't know how they all ended up in Wisconsin. Alfred and Harriet had a son Alfred, Jr. born 1892 in WI. Alfred Sr. died 2 years later. In 1899 Harriet remarried to Carl Söderholm in WI. I was informed that he emigrated from Finland and that he was a doctor. That's about all I know about him.

I've been told by several people in Finland that the Söderholm name could be found in Pedersöre, but not in Kaustinen; also that it was not a common name. I also learned that when Carl Söderholm ran out of money he took his wife and family to Finland to live with his family in Järvelä. Carl's wife Harriet was a difficult person to live with and she was not well-received by Carl's family in Finland. Harriet appears to have been used to the better things in life and liked to be waited on. Wonder if her ancestors were wealthy in MA?

If Carl's family was in Järvelä, his family name wasn't Söderholm - he may have adopted that name when he emigrated. However, there was a Järvilä family in Vetil - Johan Henrik Jakobsson Järvilä, 1831-1903), married to Maria Sofia Johansdotter Domars-Dumell, 1847-1932, who had a son Carl Johansson, b. 7 Jan 1875, who emigrated to America 1896. There's a notiation that he died 10 Feb 1930. Could Carl Johansson and Carl Söderholm be the same person? We don't know when Carl Söderholm died; could it have been 1930?. We don't know where Carl Johansson Järvilä went in the US when he emigrated. Carl Johansson emigrated 1896, and Carl Söderholm married 1899 in Racine, WI. He was a doctor. Could Carl Johansson have gone to Wisconsin and become Carl Söderholm? Did Carl take his family to Finland when he ran out of money? If we could find something about him, we might be able to solve this mystery.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


08-04-07, 06:37
Hi June,
I found this on LDS. Seems Carl was born about 1865 in Sweden on this.
Best Regards,

IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0

Carl Sederholm
Male Family

Birth: About 1865 , , Sweden


Spouse: Harriet Washburn Briggs Family
Marriage: 1899 , , Wisconsin

Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church. No additional information is available. Ancestral File may list the same family and the submitter.

Source Information:
No source information is available.

08-04-07, 06:52
Hi June,
This may be Karl (Carl) Sederholm's passenger record, but states he is from Finland.


08-04-07, 06:58
Hi June,
I forgot to post this with the passenger record.


New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
Name: Karl Sederholm
Arrival Date: 23 Feb 1891
Estimated birth year: abt 1868
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
Destination: New York
Place of Origin: Finland
Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: Finnish
Ship Name: Aurania
Port of Arrival: New York
Line: 32
Microfilm Serial: M237
Microfilm Roll: M237_562
List Number: 211
Port Arrival State: New York
Port Arrival Country: United States

Source Citation: Year: 1891; Arrival: New York , United States; Microfilm serial: M237; Microfilm roll: M237_562; Line: 32; List number: 211.

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

08-04-07, 07:08
Hi June,
Found this passenger record for the Sederholm family leaving from Copenhagen, but their names have been crossed out. I will check the final page of the manifest to see if there is a notation as to why.


New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
Name: Miss Karl Sederholm
Arrival Date: 20 Sep 1910
Estimated birth year: abt 1863
Age: 47
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Copenhagen
Ship Name: United States
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Nativity: United States of America
Line: 14
Microfilm Serial: T715
Microfilm Roll: T715_1559
Birth Location: United States of America
Birth Location Other: horterwille
Page Number: 44

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Microfilm serial: T715; Microfilm roll: T715_1559; Line: 14; .

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

08-04-07, 07:22
Hi June,
The passenger record was 2 pages total, and I looked through all 124 pages of the ship manifest and saw no notation as to why the names were crossed out. Odd, maybe they decided not to board ship.


08-04-07, 07:36
Hi June,
I found this on One World Tree on Ancestry.com. The e-mail address to contact the submitter is: kenshaw68*christian.net

It appears Carl Sederholm died in 1909 from what info. is on this tree.


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ID: I085227
Sex: M
Birth: WFT Est. 1852-1886 in Sweden
Death: 1909

Mother: Matilda UNKNOWN b: WFT Est. 1802-1872

Marriage 1 Harriet Washburn Briggs , "Hattie" b: 1 APR 1862 in Hortonville, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, USA
Married: ABT. 1900
Louise Sederholm b: WFT Est. 1900-1912
Karin Sederholm b: WFT Est. 1900-1912
Carl Sederholm b: WFT Est. 1900-1912


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June Pelo
08-04-07, 20:33

I've been wading through all the interesting data you found. One thing I noticed is that his name is always Sederholm in passenger and census records, although the Docent of the Lunt estate refers to him as Söderholm. Wonder why.

The passenger record you found for 1891 seems to be Carl - date and age match. The Docent claims he was from Finland, as do the census and passenger records. That family tree you found where they show him to be from Sweden can't be correct. We all know that some people assume their ancestors came from Sweden because they spoke Swedish. The person preparing this family tree couldn't have found the records you have found that show he came from Finland.

Someone sent me copies of newspaper articles from Wisconson which I'll attach. One is about the Sederholm family preparing to visit Finland in May 1954 - Carl had already left for Finland (doesn't indicate where) and his wife and children were to follow, but had to delay because of measles. The other is the obituary for Carl's wife Harriet who died in May 1955, after a long illness. (She couldn't have been very ill a year previously because she was planning a trip to Finland.) Her obituary doesn't mention Carl as a survivor - only Alfred Lunt and her children and grandchildren. Did Carl die after he returned to Finland? The article doesn't mention him. Why is Carl referred to as Alfred Lunt's stepfather? Is that used to indicate his adoptive father? Here are the articles. What do you think?

Waukesha Daily Freeman (Waukesha, Wisconsin) > 1954 > May > 27
45 years ago
Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt, the gifted Carroll student who has been creating so much interest by his reading and dramatic work , whenever and whereever he has appeared during his academy course has left school for the remainder of the year and is at his home in Genesee preparing to accompany his mother and three younger children abroad. Alfred's step father, Dr. K. Sederholm , who is in poor health left for Finland, his native country some weeks ago.and the family planned to follow him, leaving home the early part of this week. However the children were stricken with measles and the date of sailing was postponed until the early part of June. The family expects to stay in Finland a year, but Alfred will return in time for the opening at Carroll next autumn. Alfred Lunt is well known in Waukesha and has accompanied the Carroll Glee club on its last two annual tours and his reading are regarded as one of the special features of each concert.

Waukesha Daily Freeman (Waukesha, Wisconsin) > 1955 > May > 16
Mother of Actor Alfred Lunt Dies
Genesee Depot
Mrs Harriet Sederholm , 93 year old mother of actor Alfred D. Lunt died Sunday night at the Lunt hom at Genesee Depot.
Born at Hortonville Wis. April 1, 1862, Mrs Sederholm was a long time resident of the Genesee Depot area. Lunt and his wife actress Lynn Fontanne, usually spent summers with her. They stopped the long run engagement of their current Broadway play, Quadrille because of Mrs Sederholm's long illness.
Survivors in addition to Lunt are another son, Carl Sederholm, of Mukwonago, two daughters Mrs Louise L Greene, Genesee Depot, and Mrs Karen S. Bugbee , New York, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Private funeral services willl be Tuesday at 2pm at the Forest Home chapel of Forest home cemetery, Milwaukee. Friends may call at the Randle Funeral home Waukesah, tonight from 7-0 pm. The family asks that flowers be omitted.

I don't know what to make of the record you found for 1910 which shows Mrs. Sederholm and the 3 children returning to the US from Copenhaven on their way to Milwaukee. Was Carl already dead? Were they returning from Finland via Copenhagen? I don't know why their names are crossed. I'll check with someone to see if they know what that means. This project gets more and more complicated.


June Pelo
09-04-07, 02:02
Here's a change to my previous message. Someone brought it to my attention that Carl Sederholm went to Finland in 1909, in ill health (not in 1954). In 1910 his wife and 3 children returned to NY via Copenhagen on their way to their home in Milwaukee. Carl's name did not appear on the manifest. That would seem to indicate that he probably died somewhere in Finland between 1909-10. It's a pity no mention was made as to where his family lived in Finland.

Someone found a Karl Johan Sederholm who possibly could be Karl Söderholm/Sederholm:
Last name Sederholm

First names Karl Johan
Other names *
Date of birth 12.06.1868
Marital status 2
Religion Lut.
Occupation Kauppias
Home parish Oulun kaup.
Province OU
Passport date 13.03.1903
Passport number 456
Passport valid (year:month) 5:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by OU
Remarks Sj vmo ja 2 lasta

The Karl Johan mentioned sounds good, but according to the Migration Institute the name was Karl Erik Söderholm, and he emigrated 27 Aug 1892. Of course, maybe Karl Erik is not the person we're seeking - there seems to have been several men named Karl Sederholm. It's possible that Karl could have emigrated 1892, married in 1899 and then took his wife and 2 children to Finland in 1903, per the information shown above for Karl Johan. Then he could have returned to Finland in 1909.


09-04-07, 06:50
Here is a Karl Johan Leontius Sederholm b. Jun 18 1869.
Henrik Mangs

June Pelo
09-04-07, 17:27
Thank you, Henrik. I'll add the information to my file. Hopefully I'll be able to get more information soon. I have learned that Dr. Carl Sederholm was an excellent physician. He was cultural and witty; he spoke fluent Finnish, Swedish, and German. He loved the theatre and opera. He played the piano well and sang in a rich baritone voice. Dr. Sederholm had the American passion for stock speculation and put a lot of money into Michigan copper stocks. Eventually all the money left by the elder Lunt (Alfred Lunt's father) was lost in mining stocks. In 1905 Dr. Sederholm became very ill. He suffered great pain and had to walk with a cane. he thought that the sauna baths and cold clean air in Finland would benefit him, and he hoped also to make a fresh start in life there. So he went on a Scandinavian trip and took Alfred with him......In 1909 Carl was staying at the Hotel Kemp in Helsinki when he died suddenly, early in the morning (no date given). The only other clue I received was that when he was young Carl played with the neighbor Takkala boys.


June Pelo
11-04-07, 01:16
I think I have found Carl Sederholm's roots in Finland. And his name was Sederholm, not Söderholm as I was originally told. He was born in Mäntsälä on 12 Nov 1867 as Karl Arvid Michael Sederholm. His parents were Carl Fredric Sederholm and Amanda Sofia Granlund. They had 10 children. Carl was born in 1867, not 1868 which he claimed in census records. So there were a few stumbling blocks. I still haven't proved his death date yet, but am working on it. His progenitor was Johan Sederholm who married 1750 to Hedvig Solitander. One of my relatives in Finland found a clue that led to finding a genealogy for Johan Israelsson (Sederholm).

Thanks to all who contributed to this search. It was rather exciting.