I’ve had an exciting couple of comments on the blog today from a lovely person who’s apparently a relative of Augusta Parsons Hylander, whose memoir I’ve been transcribing and posting here.
The comments (here and here) are really helpful, particularly in that they reveal a rather amazing piece of information about Augusta’s childhood home in Sturup. It’s not gone forever. The village was indeed, as I’d understood from my
clearly inadequate research, within the footprint of Malmö Airport, and was apparently dismantled. But Augusta’s actual homestead is, it seems, still there, and still in use. They built the airport around it.
*books ticket* (no, not really. I wish.) But isn’t that fantastic?
Susan, the commenter, also mentions that there is a book in existence that documents the lost village, although I don’t know whether it’s in English.
I am full of questions: why was that homestead saved when the rest of the village was lost? What is its use now – do people live there? With an airport surrounding them? That seems unlikely, so presumably there’s another explanation. In any case, I’m fascinated. I’ll post more here as I learn it.
As of yesterday, I’ve added a new page to this site to link the series of posts of Augusta’s memoir in one place. (Obvious, right? I can’t think why I didn’t do it long ago.) I’ve also added a couple of photos of her, the only ones I’ve got. You can find the new page here, or reach it from any other page by clicking on Augusta’s name just below the blog header. Read more
I wasn’t planning to blog about this (was so knackered last week that I just couldn’t manage it after the Seb Coe episode, and thought tonight would be the same). Read more
The Hylanders (line 77) on the 1900 US Census. Click to enlarge
December 17, 1963: To continue with the story of my life – After getting my new sewing machine I made many dresses and earned quite a lot of money. Read more
In Waterbury we started our life together in a small way with an apartment John had found for $8 a month. Read more
Tonight was the first episode of Series Eight of WDYTYA?, about June Brown. Read more
Here is an opportunity for detective work (and speculation): Augusta refers to Ellis Island several times, but as far as I can gather, her arrival in America predated the 1892 opening of the immigration station there by a year or so. Read more
Egyptian feminist, author and activist Nawal El Saadawi was on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour earlier this week, ostensibly to promote her new book but really to give a genial, general five-minute interview across various topics. Read more