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Gustav August Forsgard

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
1. Gustav August Forsgard Marker
Inscription. Gustav (Gustaf, Gustave) August Samuelson (1832-1919) was one of 13 children born to Johannes Samuelson and Anna Petersdotter of Forserum, Sweden. At the age of 16, he emigrated from Sweden, arriving in Houston with a group of other Scandinavians on November 22, 1848. Two prominent Swedish Texans, Swante Mangus Swenson and Sir Swante Palm, met the group, which wintered at the Swenson farm in Fort Bend County. There, the men in the group worked the fields tending cotton and corn.

Samuelson changed his last name to Forsgard for his native Forserum and the Swedish word Gard, meaning "home." Four of his brothers, Samuel Johan, Carl Oscar, Johannes Wilhelm and Claes Henning, followed Forsgard to the U.S. and adopted the same new name; all but Claes settled in Texas.

After a year of farm work, Forsgard returned to Houston and worked as a mercantile clerk for Shepherd and Burke. He also became part of Swenson's and Palm's informal Swedish immigration agency. Forsgard acted as a liaison between new immigrants and Swedes already living in Texas. During the next several years, Forsgard attended school and pursued various business interests.

During the Civil War, Forsgard served with Texas forces. His responsibilities included building fortifications near Galveston to defend against a possible Federal invasion.
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By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
2. Gustav August Forsgard Gravesite
Forsgard wed Jennie Mary Lusk in 1866, and the couple had two children who survived to adulthood. Over the years, Forsgard was civically active and was a trustee of First Presbyterian Church, director of First National Bank and Master of Holland Masonic Lodge No. 1 of Houston.
 
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13710.)
 
Location. 29° 45.889′ N, 95° 23.241′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Washington Avenue. Touch for map. Gustav Forsgard is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, West Avenue section, Lot 252. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2525 Washington Avenue, Houston TX 77007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charlotte Marie Baldwin Allen (a few steps from this marker); Edwin Fairfax Gray (within shouting distance of this marker); Archibald Wynns (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Irvin Capers Lord (about 300 feet away); Ellis Benson (about 400 feet away); Colonel B.F. Terry (about 500 feet away); Darius Gregg (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Gustav August Forsgard Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
3. Gustav August Forsgard Grave Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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