Local residents and Swedish immigrates, Brian and Kristie Cummings, were a host family July 28, to the Wadsten family (Agneta and Stefen and children, Henric and Hanna) from Smaland province in Sweden.
All are relatives and descendants of the Pontius Anderson and Mary Louise (Carlson) family who settled just west of Morning Sun around 1879. These Anderson and Carlson families went on to settle many of the Morning Sun, Marsh and Winfield neighborhoods.
Swedish guests Agneta and Stefen work in the construction industry in Jonkoping while son Henric is a Civil Engineer with a consulting firm in Gutenberg and daughter Hanna is finishing her occupational therapy education at the University of Jonkoping.
Accompanied by another descendant, Dana Crawford, tours were made to the Swedish Museum in Swedesburg followed by a drive-by of the old Anderson farmstead and visits to the post office and Lora Rock Museums in Morning Sun. Thanks to gracious Morning Sun hosts Joan Delzell-Bausch and Beverly Karagin, Morning Sun was a highlight of their trip.
A Louisa County visit would not have been complete without a trip to the barnyard and cornfields of the Cummings farm and a walk across the Columbus Junction Swinging Bridge.
The day ended with a visit to Kinnick Stadium followed by a cookout at the new home of Alissa (Cummings) and Nate Villhauer?s near Riverside where fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon and delicious maid-rites made from one of Sena Cummings? homegrown shorthorn?s were served.
The Wadsten family left for home Sunday via Washington, D.C., with a very favorable impression of Iowa, our people and Louisa County.