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The Langkilde Society, Denmark received:


June 2004
Ny publikation om autisme nu på dansk

Fra Sverige kom nyheten om at Lena Nylander(dotterdotter till Holger Langkilde)
udgiver et skrift som har blivit översatt till danska och föremål för en lektörudtalelse. Skriften

Autismespektrumsforstyrrelser hos voksne “ nogle spörgsmål og svar "

Publikationen finns att köpa via Videnscenter Autisme, www.autisme.dk, publikationer.

New scientific article on autism now in danish

From Sweden news was received that Lena Nylander (daughter/daughter to Holger Langkilde) published an article translated into danish for scientific enquiry with the following title:

Autismspectrumdisturbance at udults "Some questions and answers"

The publication is issued by
Videnscenter Autisme,www.autisme.dk under publikationer.


My husband Björn and I have recently been to Samoa, our second visit.
This time it rained a lot, which did not matter much since it was still warm.
We saw Teresa Langkilde McCarthy and her husband Archie, and were invited to a BIG lunch at their house.
We also were in New Zealand and visited Lavendar Langkilde Gentles and her husband Henry, who are living in Waiheke Island near Auckland.
In Auckland we stayed with Carolyn and Poul Christie, and also visited Inge and Forbes Worn. It was a great trip, and very nice to visit family members around the world.
A very big THANKS to all the above mentioned for their wonderful hospitality - welcome to visit us in Sweden!!

Lena Nylander, Lund, Sweden

From LENA NYLANDER living in Lund, SWEDEN:

July 2002 I found this handwritten account by my mother Gunnel Langkilde-Ljungbergh.

She was the oldest child of Holger Langkilde and Anna Dahlstrand, and was born March 5th, 1909 in Burseryd, Sweden. From 1939 she lived in Skillingaryd where she worked as a dentist. She married Lars Ljungbergh, owner of a hardware store, and had two children, me and my brother Hans. My mother died in May 1988.

I have written this account exactly as my mother did, and I don’t know for what purpose she wrote it. I have the picture from Bangalore now on my wall in Lund, Sweden, and I think my aunt Margareta has the hand painted cake plate. I hope the story can be of some interest to other members of the Langkilde family!
Lund July 11th, 2002
Lena Nylander

A family story from reality.

When I was a little girl, I liked drawing very much. At that time people did not waste paper as they do nowadays, so I had to use wrapping paper or newspaper – the margin – or the oil-cloth on the kitchen table (which was not allowed). And worst of all – I wrote with my left hand which my father did not like, although he himself was left-handed! At that time, such aberrations were not considered acceptable in well brought-up children and had to be punished – if necessary with the stick. So I was much afraid, but nevertheless persisted in drawing, generally in secrecy.
One day,when my father realized the hopeless situation he said: "I cannot understand from where you have got these ideas; neither your mother nor I myself can draw anything. However, just now I remember that a female cousin of mine was a painter. She visited my home in Biskopstorp, Langeland, when I was a boy, and as it was my birthday, she painted a bouquet of flowers on a card and gave it to me as a memento of her. We went to Sweden and we never heard from her again".

Now I have to change the subject and tell you the story of my father and the fate of his family! My grandfather was owner of the old manor Biskopstorp, which was said to have the most fertile farmland on the most fertile of the islands in Denmark, namely Langeland. My grandfather’s name was Carl Peter Nissen Langkilde, and his was the fourth generation to live there. However, he had now decided to settle in Sweden. Why? Nobody knows. Some people have told me, that it was "à la mode" at that time among Danish men to go to improve Swedish agriculture: I am sure that they had not realized how hard it would be; the soil was not so good as in Denmark.
However, my grandfather bought a manor-house, Fjelldalen in Halland on the west coast near the town of Halmstad. He hired a ship and left Rudköbing and sailed with wife, children, furniture, animals, in short all his property to the harbour of Halmstad. It was a great event at that time, 1875 – 1876, I think. Sometimes my father spoke of that emigration, but usually he would not speak of by-gone times; there were too many bitter memories. One brother was left in Denmark with his uncle, etatsraad L. in Bramstrup, Fyn, because he went to school in Odense. The remaining children were accompanied to Sweden by a Danish governess from Copenhagen.

Time went on. My grandfather improved the estate (he grew wheat for export), he built a dairy and founded a little school on his estate. He was a member of the committee for the west-coast railway from Gothenburg to Helsingborg and donated land for that purpose. When all was ready, and he should have been repaid for the money he had spent, the time was just right for a cunning person to take it all over by fraud. Perhaps this person had lent money to my grandfather or was a creditor, and the contract was written so cunningly, that my grandfather was taken in, as he did not sufficiently understand the Swedish language.

I have never seen my grandfather, he died about 1905, but I have heard the opinion (of the authoress Laura Petri from Halmstad), that he was a good, nice and honest man. He could not think badly of another person. Sad, disappointed and poor – all his property had gone - , he and my grandmother moved into a little flat in Halmstad. Nothing was to do but leave his life-work. I have been told that at first he saddled his horse and rode in a hurry to the banks in Halmstad. They were all bribed. I suppose he was paralyzed of this tragedy now not even to be credible in the banks. The farmers in the neighbourhood estimated my grandfather, he had learned them much of stock-raising and farming, and would willingly have helped him. But they had no idea of what was going on. He kept it to himself. I can understand, that under these tiresome circumstances, he would not contact his Danish relatives.

Some of the children had to break off their school-attendance and had to look for jobs, others emigrated to the USA, among them my father. After some years he went back to Sweden to take care of his parents, who were old and ill. Owing to employment in a timber-company he came to this province, Småland, married and had four children. I was the eldest, then two girls and one boy.

Many years now passed. My brother and my sisters now lived in Gothenburg as teachers, when my youngest sister, Ingegerd, got ill and died young in meningitis. An unknown Danish lady in the same city read the notice of her death in the news-paper. She found my sister Margaret’s name in the telephone-book and called her up because of her name, Langkilde, which is unusual in Sweden. She wished to see us and told us, that her mother-in-law’s maiden name was Langkilde. My brother and sister as well as I visited this lady, and we became friends with her. While having tea and biscuits, I admired her hand-painted cake-plate. "This plate was painted by my mother-in-law", she said, "and if you like it, you can have it after me". Now I understood, that the painter must have been my father’s "lost" cousin!

And so she told the following story:
This cousin’s father was Christopher Langkilde, my father’s uncle, born in Biskopstorp: He was owner of a manor-house, Christianslund, Själland. He wished to have ceilings decorated in his house, and contacted the Academy of Art in Copenhagen. A young artist came and did the work. And so it happened as in old tales: during that time he and the daughter of the house, Marie Sofie, fell in love. Her father said no, a poor young painter was not welcome as son-in-law. But their love was stronger than her father. She married Lauritz Holst and they settled in London. There he became a skilled marine-painter and court-painter at the court of Queen Alexandra - Danish princess – married to Edward VII. After about twenty years Marie Sofie and their children returned to Denmark, she did not like court-life, and they separated. Her husband remained in England to his death. The son Harry had also a talent for painting, but he went in for studies in philosophy, religion, medicine etc and went to India for studies of Indian wisdom as a pupil of a Brahmin and then to USA for a doctor’s degree, where he was also translator from Indian to English. I think he was a very intelligent man! On a journey – perhaps it was in Germany – he made acquaintance with this Marie Jeppson from Copenhagen (she had been engaged to a Swedish count Sparre, who died before their planned marriage; she had several things from the family Sparre). Harry and Marie married and settled in Gothenburg, where he worked as a doctor.

Mrs Holst was very nice, and now she was about ninety years old. As a widow since several years she now lived alone; many of her old friends were not alive. Her husband had spent much money on his collection of books on several subjects and languages. She sold the collection to Oxford University and got money for her living. She was now old, she got ill and died.
Two relatives (ladies) of hers came from Copenhagen to take care of her property. When I heard of that, I asked my sister for the old plate. Unfortunately – they had already given it to a friend. But when they heard of the promise, they gave it back! I also received a picture of Harry Holst from Bangalore, India, and my sister got a very nice self-portrait of this unknown second cousin. And now I can connect my father’s story of his cousin to the hand-painted plate, a dear memento, which decorates the wall in my dining-room.

A happy end, wasn’t it? Or, according to W. Shakespeare: all’s well that ends well.

Gunnel Langkilde, May 1986

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