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Joseph E. Logan "aka. Lofgren" (1866-?)
Born in Gronshult, Sweden, grocery business in West Bay City, MI.

1892 Biography. Added Oct., 2009.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan.
Portrait Publishing Co., Chicago (1892)


Joseph E. Logan, who is in business as a grocer on the corner of Williams and Jenny Streets, is a prominent and popular citizen of West Bay City and a leading Swede. The family name was change by him from Lofgren to Logan for convenience sake, and his influence among people of his own nationality is very apparent, while he is highly respected by his fellow-citizens irrespective of race. His present business was established when he was less than twenty-one years old and has grown to its fine proportions solely through his constant attention and tireless energy. He transacts business as a general grocer and makes a specialty of handling anchovies and other varieties of fish.

Rev. Peter Lofgren, father of our subject, was born in Kalstad, Vermland, and was reared to farming pursuits, although he received a good education which he later utilized as a teacher. In 1880 he emigrated from Sweden to this country and proceeding directly to Grand Rapids, this State, was for one year engaged as the assistant minister in the Swedish Lutheran Church. Thence he removed to Swedona, Ill., and was ordained a minister in Rock Island. In 1883 he located in Norway, this State, where he was a pastor of the Swedish Lutheran Church for two years, and in 1884 he came to West Bay City, where he remained as pastor of the church until 1890. He is now pastor of church in Longmont, Col. His life is a useful one, devoting to the uplifting of the masses spiritually, and the poor and destitute have never appealed to his charity in vain. In the Swedish Lutheran Church he is very prominent and is well known among those of his nationality throughout the United States. Politically he is a firm Republican.

The mother of our subject was born in Vispy, Gotland, and her maiden name was Mary Gamborg. Three children were born to Peter and Mary Lofgren, our subject being the eldest. The others are David Lofgren, who is attending college in Rock Island, Ill., and Aaron, who is in Colorado. Joseph E., was born July 14, 1866, in Gronshult, Sweden, and there remained until he was thirteen years old. April 13, 1880, he sailed from Sweden by steamer to Hull, where he landed April 19. On the 21st he left Liverpool on the steamer “City of Berlin” and after voyage of one week land in New York May 2, 1880. From there he proceeded to Grand Rapids in company with his parents and the morning after his arrival entered the common school of that city. In the spring of 1881 he removed with his father to Illinois, where he attended a portion of the time and was employed as clerk in a grocery store.

In 1882 Mr. Logan came to Norway, this State, where he was employed in a furniture and undertaker’s establishment until the fall of 1884. At that time he came to West Bay City and attended the academy here during the winter following his arrival. In the spring of 1885 he entered the employ of Mr. Johnson with whom he remained a short time. He embarked in his present business in December, 1886, when he built the store where he now is located and continued in partnership with his brother David until 1889, since which time he has been alone.

Mr. Logan was married in 1889 to Miss Anna Matson, who was born in Finland and reared to womanhood in Sweden. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. LoganMarion A. and Albert Emanuel. In his social connections Mr. Logan is identified with the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and the Scandinavian Benevolent Society, in which he has held official positions. Politically he is a Republican and in his religious belief is a member of the Swedish Lutheran Church. He makes a hobby of the collection of coins, and has many rage piece of money in his possession.

Additional Notes.

    1889 – Michigan Marriages, West Bay City.

  • Lofgren, Joseph E. (parents Peter and Mary (Gamberg) Lofgren) marriage on Aug., 16, 1889, to Ann Mattson (b. 1868, parents Matts and Lena Ericson.), Pastor Peter Lofgren, witnesses D. A. Lofgren & Sophia Ericson.

    1896 - West Bay City, Mich.

  • Lofgren, David, agt., bds s w cor Thomas & Henry, 4th wd.
  • Lofgren, Joseph, clk, bds s w cor Thomas & Henry, 4th wd.
  • Lofgren, Rev. Peter, Pastor Scandinavian Evangelical Luthern Church, res s w cor Thomas & Henry, 4th wd.
Related Pages/Notes

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People Referenced
Ericson, Lena
Ericson, Matts
Ericson, Sophia
Gamborg, Mary (mother)
Johnson, Mr.
Lofgren, Aaron (bro.)
Lofgren, David (bro.)
Lofgren, Peter Rev. (father)
Logan, Albert (son)
Logan, Joseph E. (subject)
Logan, Marion A. (son)
Matson, Ann (wife)
Subjects Referenced
Bay Co, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
Kalstad, Vermlan
Liverpool, England
Longmont, CO
New York, NY
Norway, MI
Rock Island, IL
Swedona, IL
Swedish Lutheran
Vispy, Gotland
West Bay City, MI
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