Egmont Tornberg

1891-1951.

Colonel, aviation pioneer.

Egmont Tornberg was born in 1891 in Rytterne and later became a lieutenant in the Navy in 1914, lieutenant in 1917 and began flying in 1918.

He joined the Air Force when it was formed in 1926 and in the same year, as captain, set a height record in altitude flying by seaplane. The height record was set at 5731 m with a Heinkel with 500 kg load (counter-combat load). The record was duly approved by the international federation and surpassed the previous record by 700 m.

In 1928, Egmont was head of the Swedish rescue expedition of survivors of the Italian airship Italia north of Spitsbergen. He showed impressive leadership during the harsh material and human stresses of two months in very difficult rapidly changing weather conditions with risky flight across the Arctic Ocean, ice drift and thick.

Part of the rescue team with Tornberg in the middle.
Photo: from private collection.

From the Italia action of 1928.
Photo: from private collection.

Later in life, Tornberg was head of F 1, Jämtland Air Force F 4 and Norrbotten Air Base Corps F 21.

In 1940, Tornberg became colonel and eleven years later he died at the age of 59, being the last of the marine pilots to start his flying career in 1917.

 

Burial site: 0115-0811B

Image description: Portrait photograph by Egmont Tornberg, Head of the Western Air Base Area 1943-1946. Signed, framed photo. Photo: Unknown Photographer / Air Force Museum. [The image is cropped]
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Hjalmar Söderberg

1859–1933.

Manufacturer, entrepreneur.

In 1885, the merchant Hjalmar Söderberg opened a yarn, sewing and fabric shop at Vaksalagatan 13 (where the town hall is today).

The movement was expanded and moved to larger premises on Vaksalagatan 15 and already in the 1890s began production of wool fabrics and clothing. In 1896, the industrial business moved to Dragarbrunnsgatan 65 (the corner of Dragarbrunnsgatan-Kålsängsgränd) and the company developed into the largest in the clothing industry in Uppsala and one of the larger ones in Sweden.

Söderberg's shop at Vaksalagatan 15, around 1901-1902. Photo: Alfred Dahlgren / Upplandsmuseet.

Interior from Söderberg's shop. The picture was published in Upsala Nya Tidning April 29, 1933. Photo: Paul Sandberg / Upplandsmuseet.

In 1907, a special company was formed for the clothing company named Hjalmar Söderberg, Herrkonfektions- och Ekiperingsaffär. His son Erik Söderberg took over the management of the company in 1933 and in the 1940s the number of employees in the company, which then had branch factories in Lövstabruk and Örbyhus, was between 500-600 people. In 1958, the company was declared bankrupt.

Hjalmar Söderberg's wife Elin (1861–1933) was honoured by her son with a sculpture adorning the burial site. The sculpture was made by the artist Arvid Knöppel and illustrates the Bible word in Book of Psalms Psalt. 126:5 "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy."

 

Burial site: 0131-1366

Image description: Oil painting depicting Hjalmar Söderberg. Photo: Lennart Göransson / Uppsala Industrial Memorial Association. [The image is cropped]
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Carl Wolrath

1863–1926.

Hardware merchant, entrepreneur.

Carl Wolrath came to Uppsala in 1883 and got a job at Öbergs hardware store at Svartbäcksgatan 21.

Wolrath married the merchant's daughter in 1894 and later took over the firm in 1901. The store was then named Wolrath & Co and moved closer to Stora Torget (Main Square) to Svartbäcksgatan 14.

AB Wolrath & Co, Svartbäcksgatan, Uppsala August 1940. Photo: Paul Sandberg / Upplandsmuseet.

AB Wolrath & Co's hardware store on Svartbäcksgatan 14, Uppsala November 1941. Photo: Paul Sandberg / Upplandsmuseet.

Wolrath was a member of the City Council from 1905 to 1922 and was a member of the City Treasury in 1919.

 

Burial site: 0138-1556

Image description: Carl Wolrath, Uppsala 1905. Photo: Heinrich Osti / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Anders Strandberg

1862–1930.

Trader, entrepreneur.

Anders Strandberg came to Uppsala at the age of 13 and started working as a store clerk.

In 1885 Strandberg started a manufakturaffär at Stora Torget. The store was later housed in the corner house (built in 1905) at Drottninggatan in the so-called Strandberg ska huset. The house was the first in the city with elevator, central heating and electricity. In the same year Strandberg, as a social and technical interest, developed an electricity plant for the city.

Stora torget (Main Square) in Uppsala 1901-1902, view towards Kungsängsgatan. At the time of the photography, Anders Strandberg's sewing shop was housed in the building. The corner plot was owned and built by Olof Rudbeck the Elder. The houses were demolished in 1934. Photo: Alfred Dahlgren / UUB.

The main square with the Strandberg house (built in 1905) on the right, 29 April 1911. At the time, Svenska veckan was celebrated as a manifestation to benefit Swedish industry. Photo: Unknown Photographer/UUB.

Strandberg was a member of the City Council from 1899 to 1930, executive member of the Chamber of Deputies from 1916 to 1928, and also a county councillor and member of the Hospital Board at Akademiska sjukhuset. He was also a member of the Elders of the Burghers.

 

Burial site: 0102-0123

Image description: The Strandberg family, Uppsala, 1908. Seated Anders Strandberg, Augusta Strandberg. Standing from left: Harald, Kaja, Svante and Ruth. Photo: Heinrich Osti / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Adolf Noreen

1854–1925.

Linguist.

Adolf Noreen was born in Östra Ämtervik in Värmland and wrote a thesis on the Frykdal dialect. The thesis deals with the dialect of his home town and was the first dialect description based on scientific principles.

Noreen published language history manuals, for example about Fornisländska in Altisländische Grammar (1884) and about Ancient Swedish in Altschwedische Grammar (1904).

In his great work Vårt språk (Our language)(1903–1924) he presents his ethos of language and presents a basic plan for grammar. Noreen was also an advocate for the spelling reform in 1906.

Between 1887 and 1919, Adolf Noreen was professor of Nordic languages, was elected a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities in 1902, as a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1917 and became a member of the Swedish Academy in 1919.

Together with Johan August Lundell he founded the school Upsala Enskilda Läroverk (now Lundellska) in 1892.

 

Burial site: 0115-0823

Image description: Adolf Noreen, Uppsala circa 1880– ca 1890. Photo: Heinrich Osti / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Topper Martyn

1923–2004

Artist, juggler

Victor Clifton Martyn, known as Topper Martyn, was born in England and was a juggler and illusionist. In the 1960s, Martyn settled in Uppsala with his wife.

Topper Martyn made his stage debut in 1938 as a juggler and had a mixed program with elements of juggling, comedy and magic. Martyn received several awards for his artistry. In 1970 he became the world champion of comical magic in Amsterdam.

In 1996, Martyn was honored with the English Carlton Comedy Prize. He has received the French award Mandrake d'or and a gold medal by Asahi Television (Japan).

In addition to performing in 30 different countries, he played the wizard's role in the children's musical Alfons and the Wizard, based on Gunilla Bergström's book Hokus Pokus Alfons Åberg. Topper Martyn also appeared in TV productions, such as SVT's Christmas calendar from 1984 – Julstrul with Staffan & Bengt.

 

Burial site: 0406-0001 (Memorial grove, The Old cemetery)

Image description: Topper Martyn, unknown year. Photo: Swedish Magic-Archive. [The image is cropped]
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Robert Fredrik von Kræmer

1791–1880.

Governor, Member of Parliament.

Robert Fredrik von Kræmer came from Tavastland in Finland and participated as an officer in the campaign to Germany in 1813 and to Norway in 1814.

He was the governor of Uppsala from 1830 to 1862 and was as county manager an undisputed central figure and took a number of important initiatives. Communications improved through road construction, bridge construction, dredging of sail joints, and the formation of steamboat companies.

Kræmer also took the initiative for the founding of Ultuna Agricultural Institute and to the start of Sweden's first cooperative trade in Örsundsbro in 1850.

Kræmer also played a significant role in the development of the city of Uppsala. The city park, the walk at Flustret and Västgötaspången was created during his participation and he was known for his tree plantings, which were mentioned in Gunnar Wennerberg's Gluntarne:

"Cross what that Kræmer is good for the city. He builds bridges and plants wood."

 

Burial site: 0156-0249

Image description: Robert Fredrik von Kræmer, Stockholm, circa 1870. Photo: W.A Eurenius & P.L Quist / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Cristopher Jacob Boström

1797–1866.

Philosopher.

Christopher Jacob Boström was born in Piteå and became a student in Uppsala in 1815.

From 1842 to 1863 he was professor of practical philosophy in Uppsala and was Sweden's most influential philosopher during the 19th century. He constructed a metaphysical system with roots in German and Swedish idealism. Boström was a convincing lecturer and excelled in speeches.

Boström's so-called rational idealism with its strong emphasis on the individual's duties in a moral and rational society came to exert a profound influence on mindsets in Sweden in the late half of the 19th century.

Boströmianism, named after its author, was the only original philosophical system that arose in Sweden in the 19th century and came through Boström's disciples to dominate Swedish university philosophy throughout the late 19th century.

His disciples included Sigurd Ribbing, Yngve Sahlin and Axel Nyblaeus. Boström's niece is Ebba Boström, founder of the Samaritans home. She is also buried in the Old Cemetery.

 

Burial site: 0119-0995

Image description: Christopher Jacob Boström, 1865. Photo: Litografiskt allehanda, femte årgången. Sigrid Flodins förlag. / Wikimedia Commons. [The image is cropped]
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August Haglund

1837–1914.

Bank cashier, donor.

August Haglund became established in 1862 and opened his own trade shop in the Lodénian house at the Main square.

When Uplandsbanken (the Upland bank) was founded, he became its first bookkeeper and was then a bank treasurer until his retirement. Haglund wrote poems for family celebrations and was a musician in the Orchestra of the Sharpshooter Corps.

He is best known for his donation in 1901 of 50,000 SEK to a new bridge across Fyrisån (the Fyris creek) at Skolgatan. The bridge is also today called "Haglund's bridge" and in 1889 it replaced the former bridge built on the site.

The former bridge was moved north (to Odensgatan) and was named "Eddaspången" after the block Edda. The rafting on last 30th of April usually starts just north of Haglund's bridge.

 

Burial site: 0129-2151

Image description: August Haglund, Uppsala 1902. Photo: Alfred Dahlgren / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Lars Erstrand

1936–2009.

Jazz musicians, vibraphoneist.

Lars Erstrand was one of the big names in Swedish jazz during the 20th century. He became "Mister Swing" with the jazz audience and was a heavy name in both Swedish and international jazz.

He started playing the piano but switched to vibraphone after being influenced by vibrafonist Lionel Hampton's play in Benny Goodman's orchestra.

From the 1960s and many years to come, Erstrand collaborated with clarinetist Ove Lind.

The international breakthrough came in the 1970s when he played with Benny Goodman and later with clarinetists Bob Wilber and "Peanuts" Hucko.

Lars Erstrand also performed with Sven Asmussen and Alice Babs and played from the 1990s together with Arne Domnerus and in the quartet Swedish Swing Society.

 

Burial site: 0305-0512

Image description : Lars Erstrand, 1983. Photo: Roger Tillberg / Sjöberg bildbyrå. [ The image is cropped ]
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