Biography of Rev. P. Frederick Mostrom
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Rev. P. Frederick Mostrom organized the Swedish Mission congregation at Ceresco and served as its pastor continuously until his death on the 6th of April, 1912. He was born in Sweden on the 7th of April, 1848, a son of P. Frederick Mostrom, Sr. He remained in his native land until about thirty years of age, when he emigrated to the United States. He first found employment in a smelter but late in 1878 went to Chicago, where he was employed in the McCormick shops until 1888. In that year he removed to northern Minnesota and there engaged in farming and preaching, continuing there until 1898, in which year he came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and took charge of the Swedeburg Mission church. He held that pastorate until 1907, when he removed to Ceresco and organized the Swedish Mission congregation here and erected a house of worship. He continued to serve the church as pastor until his death on the 6th of April, 1912, and his labors resulted in much good not only in the upbuilding of the church but also in the promotion of righteousness in the community.

Rev. Mostrom was married in Sweden, in 1872, to Miss Mathilda Forsberg, also a native of Sweden and a daughter of Rev. Eric and Christine Forsberg. To this union seven children were born, of whom four grew to maturity: Fred; Ida, who married Herman Nyquist, of Cereseo, and has two children; Emma, who was born in 1883 and died in 1914; and Amy, who was born in 1885 and died in 1907.

Rev. Mostrom was a prohibitionist in his political belief but placed the public welfare above party allegiance. He labored zealously for the cause of Christianity and was especially watchful of the interests of the church to which he ministered as pastor. He not only won the loyalty of his own people but also gained the sincere respect and the high esteem of all who came in contact with him.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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