My ancestors are also from Blekinge …

It started with an old photo in the facebook group ”My ancistery are from Blekinge” on a man, in the front of an old house.

Was this house perhaps in Mjällby parish, and maybe it that the house there the mans grandfather Per Månsson once lived in… wondering the owner of the photo, as well as the author?

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Since I´m born in Mjällby parish – nowadays Sölvesborg municipality – I responded to the question … although I had no idea where in the parish the requested house could have stood once upon a timethe, but it soon became apparent that several others in the facebook group felt Again it.

The house has never stood in either Mjällby sn or Blekinge, but was nothing less than Klasatorpet. Klasatorpet, which played a central role in Vilhelm Moberg’s award-winning film ”Emigrants” from 1971 …

Then there was a longer conversation between me and Minneapolis in the United States on messenger, where I sent pictures from house hearings, etc., which made ”Minneapolis” chuffed.

However, I don´t tell one thing to her … namely that I have close relations with both Djupekås and Krokås.


— Let me introduce ”Ni & Vi” … —

… two of the siblings in a seaman’s family, born and raised in Djupekås. No, it´s not me who playing white the letters in their name, in some sort of privacy, sort… and renamed them to ”Ni & Vi = You & We,” it was their grandfather – called ”Greven Adam = Count Adam” – which rebaptized them to that for about 75 years ago, 🙂 …

”Vi” came to be my mother, which made ”Ni” to my aunt.

”Ni” (she remembers Per Månsson as an old man – with a big beard – … who passed the house where the sisters lived on their way to the store) married a man – ”Klara skIvan” – born in Krokås, and moved too Krokås. So guess who I was turning to and ask about Per Månsson’s house in Krokås 🙂 …

”Klara skIvan” knew very well where Per Månsson’s house and kås once were … but that´s not enough: he also said that 300 meters from the place lives today the ”Krokås man”, hwo like ”Minneapolis” is the grandchild’s children to P Månsson!

It ended with – or started … depends on how you see it – that the ”Krokås man” contacted me via messenger on facebook … so nowadays he and ”Minneapolis” has contact (maybr I should rename him to ”Ture som i Tur = Lycky as in Luckr” … all who ever tried to find descendants of emigrated relatives can understand what I mean).


— Some pictures from Krokås … —

… from north to south.
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”Massa brygge” … or what ever remains of it, is visible between the trees.
During World War 2, the ”hemvärnet” blew the bridge to prevent boats from other countries from adding there. The bridge, which had previously been smooth as a dance floor, became a mill of bursting stones, and is so today.

IMG_1170 (2)The nature reserve name is Spraglehall, but it´s called ”Massa mark” of the villagers.

In the nature reserve, a large activity with rock-breaking rooms took place … from the 1st World War until the end of World War II, but they had broken stones there long time before that too.

When they starting break, the stone from Spraglehall was considered to have any greater value, but later they discovered that it was both more valuable and sought after than rocks that after stone how was were broken in eg Hörvik and Hällevik … therefore the stone quarry ended in those places.

The stone, which was break at the Spraglehall, was then transported on rails down to ”Massa Brygge”, where the vessels were loaded, and then transported the stone to Germany, for example.
The whole Hamburg was clad with cobblestones from Spraglehall’s quarry, and the harbors were filled with boat pavers – as they moored the boats – and these teachings are still on display.

One mountain om Spraglehall – there they break stones – nevertheless went to the first house outside the nature reserve (and it’s about here the two pictures are taken).

Now, Visans Vänner = Ballads Friend, have built a permanent stage, and each year they has an arrangement of music, called the Fritt Spelrum = Free Games Room …
The road from Massa Brygge to the village…


The harbor in Krokås …

The pier at the harbor in Krokås was built at 1898-90. Before that, they had there own ”Kås” = a smal smal harbor, there they added there boats. Each person had his own kås…

The plots were very smal and narrow, and went all the way up to Åsarna (Krokås highest point). Between the sea and the house was a big meadow, there they had their fishing nets and some land to grow on. Apples were important to grow, since it was possible to save them throughout the winter – to April-May – … and they containinga a lot of vitamins, which were needed in the winters.

… but the fishermen realized that it would be useful to have a common place – instead of individual small harbors – where you could collect all the boats in one place … and thus help each other if the situation was so lined.

So they agreed to build a harbor in Krokås … and everyone – in addition to a few people whose boats were too big to take advantage in the new harbor – were ”forced” to help with the port. It was very important to get in time for the workouts, otherwise they had to pay 25 öre …

The work progressed mainly in the winter when large stones were loaded on wooden sledges. These dragged out on the ice, where they were loaded. Then, when the ice has melted, the rocks dropped to the seabed, which means that it took wery long time to build a pier and a port in this way.


Extensions have been made retrospectively, and the last major rebuilding occurred during the 1950s …

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