Robert Emanuel Klarstrom was the fifth child of Carl Magnus Klarstrom and Christina Elisabeth Bennberg.
He was born on 24 April 1875 in Alvkarleby, Sweden.
His family moved to Lenhovda when he was ten, then on to Alem for a year and then to Gavle.
When he was 18, he boarded a ship bound for Boston, with his older brother Hjalmar. His sister Maria was already living in Boston at the time. Did he stay with her family?
The only trace of him I’ve found after this immigration record, is the 1900 census.
He was living in Odell Twp, Fall River County, South Dakota as a boarder to Gustav Johnson. He was working as a sandstone quarryman.
Fall River county appears to be in the middle of nowhere!
I then found a Robert Klarstrom in the 1910 census (although the birth year and immigration dates are off a bit). It might be him. This Robert was living in Gales Creek Precinct, Washington County, Oregon – on a Rail Road Construction gang. Could this be my Robert?
Did he die working on the railroads? Did he return to Sweden?