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In 1868, at the age of 18, Martin Emberg embarked on the hazardous Atlantic crossing to the United States from Ovanaker, Halsingland, Sweden. He was born May 22, 1850, the son of Brita Martinsdotter and Jonas Anderson. The family is listed in the Ovanaker Parish records from the 1400s.

The young Martin first went to the Gaslesberg- Bishop Hill, Illinois area. He married, and had two sons, who died in infancy. About 1875, he and his wife, Brita, bought a farm north of Swede Point. In 1892, Martin and Brita made a visit to Sweden. When they returned, they brought with them a niece, Hedvig, who was then 12 years old. She lived with them, and ultimately married Peter Engwall of Sweden, in 1902. Hedvig and Peter made their home in Madrid, where Peter owned a meat market. They moved to Minnesota in 1917.

About 1885, Martin purchased a farm five miles east of Madrid. Brita died a few years later. In 1901, Martin married a young widow from Des Moines, named Hilda Stone Lundin. She had a sevenyear- old daughter, Mabel. Martin and Hilda were married in Madrid by Pastor David Anderson.

Hilda Pauline Stone was born October 5, 1864, in Lerback, Narki, Sweden. She came to America in 1887, to join her older brother, Adolph Edward Stone, in Iowa. Their surname had been "Sten" which became "Stone" in America. They were the children of Clara Albertina Pehrsdotter and Adolf Fredrick Sten. The family lived in the Lerback, Narki area of Sweden from 1700 or before.

Martin and Hilda continued to live on their farm, where daughters, Ruth and Ruby were born. In 1915, at the age of 65, Martin retired from farming, and had a new house built in Madrid, at 606 East First Street. The house was built by two local carpenters: Lewis G. Carlson and Peter Helstrom. Nine months later, Martin Emberg died. He was buried at Hillsdale Cemetery.

Daughters Ruth and Ruby Emberg graduated from Madrid High School in 1922 and 1926. Their mother, Hilda Stone Emberg, died at her home in Madrid September 11, 1939, at the age of 75. She is also buried at Hillsdale Cemetery. Daughters, Mrs. Mabel Johnson and Mrs. Ruby Bean, live in Des Moines; daughter Mrs. Ruth Pierce, lives in San Bernardino, California.

Martin and Hilda were lifetime members of Swedish Evangelical Mission Church.

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