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Chronological Summary


(In some cases the Swedish term for something that happened is used because there is no direct translation into English due to special circumstances of the Swedish culture. The terms are explained in more detail at the end of this summary.)

Yaer: Sverige: Småland: Odensjö:
1434   Piksborg burnt by Engelbrecht's peasant army.  
1523 Gustav Vasa becomes king.    
1524   Kalmar castle is conquered by Berend von Melen.  
1537   Forbidden to chop wood in the forest commons.  
1541   Extensive confiscation of church communion silver.  
1542   The Dacke revolt starts. The bailiff of Finnveden Jören Jönsson is retired.  
1545   Bailiff Jören Jönsson is murdered. Jacob was the vicar.
1549     Severin Michaelsson became vicar.
1555   Sunnerbo is transferred to the Växjö diocese.  
1560 Erik XIV becomes king.    
1561   Lasse Jönsson Topprider becomes bailiff of Sunnerbo.  
1563 The Nordic Seven Years war begins.   Nils becomes vicar.
1565     The Danes burn the vicarage.
1566     The vicar Nils runs himself to death on Hästhults field, pursued by the Danes.
Jon Månsson becomes vicar.
1568 Johan III becomes king in the autumn. Danish and Swedish troops marching through Sunnerbo 3 times.  
1569   Anders Björnsson becomes bailiff of Sunnerbo.  
1576   Axel Jönsson becomes bailiff in Sunnerbo -1591.  
1590     Petrus Canuti (Wirænius) becomes vicar.
1592 Sigismund becomes king.    
1593 The Uppsala meeting achieves unity in religion issues.   Håkan Knutsson Hand from Björkenäs, and Petrus Canuti sign the Uppsala Meeting decisions.
1599 Karl IX becomes king.    
1600 Linköpings bloodbath.    
1611 Gustav II Adolf becomes king and the Kalmar War begins. The witchcraft lawsuit against Elin in Horsnäs begins at the Sunnerbo court.  
1613 The Peace of Knäred and Älvsborg is ransomed.   The Danes devastated the vicarage, and therefore the vicar receives a tax exemption.
Nils Rasmusson i Torarp in Torarp is sentenced to death.
1615     Magnus Jonæ becomes vicar.
1616   The district printer in Västbo is killed at the community jail by the enraged country folk.  
1621     The church's large bell is cast.
1623 Standing regiments are organized. The Kronoberg, Kalmar and Jönköpings infanty regiments, as well as the Smalands cavalry regement are formed.  
1630 Sweden starts its participation in the 30 Year War.    
1632 Gustav II Adolf is killed at the head of the Smaland cavalry in Lützen (Germany). Christina becomes queen.    
1634   Göta Court of Appeal in Jönköping is established.  
1636 Postal service is organized.    
1643   Växjö school is founded. Odensjö residents conclude a peasants' peace agreement with neighbors in Veinge.
1645 Peace of Brömsebro. Gotland and Halland are Swedish provinces for 30 years. The first newspapers start coming out.    
1647 Hunting ban on non-nobles is introduced with an exception for predatory animals.    
1648 The Treaty of Wesphalia is signed.    
1650     Peter (Arvidi) Lannerus becomes vicar.
1654 Karl X Gustav becomes king.    
1655 Sweden goes to war against Russia and Denmark.    
1658 Peace of Roskilde, where among other things Halland becomes Swedish province.    
1660 Karl XI becomes king.    
1662     The parsonage is ravaged by fire.
1666     Daniel (Olai) Anxelius becomes vicar.
1674 War with Denmark and Brandenburg-Prussia.    
1676   The Danes demand ransom in Sunnerbo. The King's field cash of 50000 dollars is stolen in the neighborhood of Älmhult.  
1678   Meeting with the peasantry in Sunnerbo before the campaign in Skåne.  
1679 Peace of Lund.    
1680 Karl XI's reduction.    
1681   Skeen's paper mill is built.  
1684   Trial for the participants for theft of the king's field cash 1676.  
1685   Sunnerbo district map is completed.  
1686 New Church Law is approveded and includes among other things, regulations for church record keeping.    
1689     John (Gudmundi) Austrenius becomes vicar.
1693     The vicar caused a major forest fire.
1697 Karl XII becomes king.   First map of Odensjö parsonage is completed.
1700 War with Denmark Saxony-Poland och Russia.    
1701 Polish campaign begins with the Battle of Düna.   Suno Thelin becomes vicar and starts keeping the church records.
1704   Soldier Per Åbjörnsson Sax killed by Corporal Zachris Elgman of Skälhult, Lidhult.  
1709   Kronoberg regiment becomes Russian prisoners of war after the Battle of Poltava.  
1710 Battle of Helsingborg.   Dean Anders Goeding took refuge in Odensjö from the rampaging plague of 1710-11.
1714     Nineteen children buried in three months.
1716     Odensjö soldiers prisoners in Wismar.
1719 Peace on Fredriksborg. Ulrika Eleonora becomes queen.    
1720 Fredrik I becomes king.    
1721 Peace of Nystad.    
1722     Peasantry in Odensjö submit complaints to the governor.
1723     Zachris Persson in Bohult complains about the mönsterskrivare Salomon Ekman to the provincial governor who reports, in turn, to Stockholm.
1731     Sven Granbeck becomes vicar.
1734 New, Sweden Realm law supersedes provincial laws.    
1741   Märta Ljungberg dies and makes a large donation to Ljungby.  
1742     Sven Strömvall becomes vicar.
1751 Adolf Fredrik becomes king.    
1753 Gregorian calendar is introduced.   Nicolaus Montelius becomes vicar.
1757 Pomeranian War begins.    
1762 Peace of Hamburg.    
1763 Each parish is responsible for feeding their poor.    
1769   Bengt Henrik Rosendahl from Lidhult executed in Ljungby.  
1770     Magnus Wieslander becomes vicar.
1771 Gustav III becomes king.    
1772 Gustav III:s coup d'état on August 19 and a new constitution.    
1777 Gustav III recognizes the new United States and is the first head of state in the world to do so.   Book printer Johannes Lönberg dies in Löckna.
1785     28 people die of dysentery.
1788 Russia declares war.    
1789 Farmers were given the right to hunt moose, etc. on their own land.    
1790   The peasantry complain about the large crop failure.  
1792 Gustav IV Adolf becomes king.    
1794     Anders Huggare was beaten at Långaryds market so that he dies.
1808 Russia and Denmark declare war on Sweden.    
1809 Karl XIII becomes king and Sweden gets a new constitution. Jonas Jaensson in Ramborna, Annerstad murdered.  
1810 Karl Johan is elected heir to the throne. Växjöbladet newspaper founded. 19 people die of dysentery in two months.
1811 Bond Uprising in Klågerup with 30 dead and 20 sentenced to death.
Conscription for military service is introduced.
  Måns Andersson killed by his farm hands on the road between Strömma and Moanäs.
1813 Sweden participates in the Battle of Leipzig.    
1814 Sweden's last war was fought and the peace was signed in Kiel.    
1815     The parsonage and church burn.
1818 Karl XIV becomes king.   Big change is carried out by Peter Oseen.
1820     Petrus Nicolaus Wieslander becomes vicar.
Volunteer Elias Lilja is executed for murdering his wife and buried in Odensjö.
1823   Ljungby receives its first provincial doctor.  
1826     Soldier Johannes Trogen in Loshult is beaten to death with a club.
1828   Växjö savings bank formed.
Ljungby becomes a town.
 
1832     Professor Elias M. Fries marries Christina Wieslander.
1834     Nils Wieslander becomes vicar.
1838     Johan Rydeman becomes vicar.
1842 The elementary school is organized.    
1843   Elementary school teacher certification is founded in Växjö.  
1844 Oskar I becomes king.    
1845 Equal inheritance rights for men and women in Sweden.    
1846 Child labor for children under 12 years of age is forbidden in the Swedish Realm.    
1847     Bystämmoprotokoll starts in the Loshult village communities.
1850   The lowering of Bolmen Lake by 90 cm occurs.  
1851   Skeens paper mill is closed.  
1854     Peter Svensson of the Ringargård dies of manslaughter in Vrå.
1855   Bread uprising in Jönköping.  
1858 Domestic chastisement of adults is abolished in the Swedish Realm.    
1859 Karl XV becomes king.    
1860 Passports are abolished for domestic travel.    
1862 Church and community are shared.    
1863 All unmarried women attain age of majority at the age of 25. The Sunnerbo County District Savings Bank is formed.  
1864 Business freedom is introduced, and lägesmål is no longer punishable.    
1865   Courses for småskollärare are arranged at various locations in Kronoberg.  
1866   Smålandsposten newspaper is founded.  
1868     14 children die of scarlet fever.
1869   The hospital Ljungby is put into use. The unusually direct route between Bolmstad and Vislanda is completed.  
1871   Delary sulphate plant is founded.  
1872 Oskar II becomes king.   Johan Lorentz Wickelgren becomes vicar.
1873 Kronor and ören are introduced.    
1874     Odensjö gets a post office.
1875 Farmers get the right to fell oak trees on their own land. Ågårds sawmill starts in Ljungby.  
1878 The meter and decimal system are introduced. The Vislanda-Bolmen Railroad is inaugurated and the steam ship Oscar starts operating on Bolmen lake.  
1879 National standard time is introduced. The first Good Templars lodge in Sweden, Klippan, is formed in Gothenburg.   Post boxes at the post office are replaced by postal routes.
1881 Protection against certain child labor is introduced in Sweden.    
1882 The first hydroelectric power plant in Sweden is built at Rydal's Spinning Mill in Viskan, Västergötland province.    
1888   Lidhults steam sawmill is built.  
1889 Worker protection rules are introduced throughout Sweden. Halmstad-Bolmen Railroad begins service.  
1890     10 children die of scarlet fever from October-89 to April -90.
1892     Lars Anders Rydin becomes vicar.
1893     The railway spur to Unnens Station is in use, and the steamer Vega starts operating on Unnen Lake.
1894   The Halmstad-Bolmens Railroad is inaugurated by the king. Lieutenant Möller visits Åsen and pays 20000 SEK to purchase peat bogs.
1895     The Halmstad-Nässjö Railway, Inc. buys peat bogs to start a peat factory.
1896     Håkan Nordström becomes vicar. Ryd Sawmill construction begins.
1897     Dr C.A. Swensson describes a journey through Odensjö.
1899   The Stavsjö Peat Factory is founded. The Skåne-Småland Railway is inaugurated.  
1900 The Swedish population excedes 5 million, and only 8% ave voting rights.    
1901 Selective military service is abolished and replaced by universal military service for men. The Nobel Prizes begin to be awarded.   Operations at the Ryd Sawmill are temporarily down.
1902   A nocturnal hurricane December 25 to 26 causes extensive damage in Western Småland. The air pressure was 956 hPa at its lowest point. The cemetary caretaker is killed in the storm.
1903 Scania starts serial production of cars in Sweden. A top speed of 6 hours and 8 minutes is achieved in the Stockholm to Uppsala motor race.   Johan Peter Persson i Hult is elected to the parliament (1903-1908).
1904   A lingonberry preserves factory is started in Lidhult.  
1905 The union between Sweden and Norway is dissolved.    
1906 The old spelling is abolished.   The post office is reconstituted, C A Ahlgren, director. Johan Emil Wärneström becomes vicar.
1907 Gustav V becomes king.    
1909 The national strike erupts and 300 000 workers stop working on 4 August.   The Ryd Sawmill is closed down.
1910 Johan Alfred Andersson Ander is the last person executed in Sweden.    
1914 The national farmer demonstration is implemented and the king speaks against the Staaf government with regards defense policy in his speach to the nation.   Johan Algot Norbäck becomes vicar.
1917 The first airline is formed in Landskrona.
Demonstrators seize bread at 23 locations in the country.
Hunger demonstrations take place in Västervik.  
1918 Swedish troops are sent to the Åland. Islands, a Swedish speaking Finnish province.
The national government purchases Stockholm's telephone network.
27000 die of the Spanish flu. Individual quarantine is imposed.
Ensittarlägen införs.
  The new parsonage is completed.
1920     A Mission Church is built in Åsen.
1921 Women's suffrage is introduced and Sweden becomes a democracy. Kerstin Hesselgren is elected into the first chamber of the Parliament (riksdag) and becomes the first female representative. The Smålänningen newspaper is founded.  
1922 The Swedes vote no on a referendum to prohibit alcohol.   Oskar Johansson of Hästhult purchases the first car with registration number G500.
1924 Swedish public radio (AB Radiotjänst) is formed.    
1926     The church is renovated.
1928 The Swedish labor court (arbetsdomstol) is established.    
1929 The first sound film "Say it with sound" [Såg det i toner] has its premire.    
1931 Five protesters are killed and five injured in Ådalen.   Axel Edvin Nilsson becomes post office manager until 1951. Tallklinten community center is inagurated.
1933     Simon Rendell becomes vicar.
1936   Ljungby becomes a city.  
1938 The 1910 Concraception Law is repealed, and it becomes legal to publicly sell contraceptives.    
1940     The steamer Vega makes its final tour with the owner and skipper David Lorentzon Dyhult.
1941     Operation of the railroad spur to Unnen is discontinued.
1943     Erik Ahlberg becomes church curator.
1947   The Halmstad-Bolmens Railroad is transferred to the National Railroad (Statens Jårnvågar) on 1 July.  
1950 Gustav VI becomes king.    
1951 Religious freedom is introduced. Religious freedom is introduced.    
1952   The municipalities of Lidhult, Odensjö and Vrå merged into Lidhult's municipality. Danish Prime Minister Erik Eriksen has a vacation in Dyhult, Odensjö and the newspaper Ekstra Bladet files a report about it on 15 July.
1953 The Malmö-Lund highway is inaugurated.   Carl Olof Herrman becomes church curator.
1954 TV premiere on 29 October after test transmissions from 1947.    
1959 The Riksdagen approves the proposal on public pensions (allmän tjänstepension: ATP).   Gustav Lagerkvist becomes church curator.
1962 Decision for a nine-year compulsory school [for children aged 7-16].   The last serving pastor leaves the parsonage.
1966     Last train load in Åsen. Telephone traffic is automated.
1967     Odlander's store in Åsen is closed.
1971   Sweden's first commercial nuclear power plant starts in Oskarshamn. Odensjö becomes a part of Ljungby's municipality
1973 Karl XVI Gustav becomes king.    
1980 Summer daylight hours are introduced.    
1993     Odensjö has 324 inhabitants.
1994     Viggen aircraft of the Swedish Air Force land and take off on the road near Åsen on 16 November without closing the road to vehicle traffic.
1997   Kronoberg's Regiment (Infantry 11) is decommissioned on 24 August.  
2000 The Swedish Curch and state are seperated.   Excavation of a prospective residential area reveals Neolithic (Stone Age) finds.
2005 Hurricane Gudrun causes 360000 electricity customers to be without power in Southern Sweden.   On the evening of 8 January, hurricane Gudrun rages and causes several weeks of power outages.
2007 Hurricane Per causes 275000 electric customers to be without power in southern Sweden.   Hurricane Per causes a weeklong power outage on 14 January.
2011 A storm causes about 85000 electricity customers to be without power in Southwestern Sweden on 27 November.    

Special Definitions for English speakers:
allmän tjänstepension (ATP) (1959) - An earnings-related supplementary pension, implemented in 1959 and discontinued in 2002. Citizens born between 1937 and 1953 receive some of their pension as ATP, depending on when they were born.
bond - land owning farmer
bystämmoprotokoll -
död av annan mans våld - manslaughter
ensittarlägen -
folkskoleseminarium - teacher training college
husaga - public humiliation
häradskarta (1685) - hundreds map
indelningsverket -
kyrkoherden - vicar
lägesmål (1864) - vagrancy
mantal - population
mönsterskrivare - military records administrator
nämdeman -
preventivlag -
prästgård - parsonage
rothållare -
Småland - is a province in Sweden. Although Småland is one of the larger provinces, it is called "small land" because all of the farmland had to be carved out of the thick forest with post glacial, stoney soil, underneath at very great effort.
småskollärare - small school teachers.
storskifte -
torpare - tennant farmer
volunteer -


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Copyright © Rolf Carlsson.
Translated Eric Swanson.
Updated: 29 apr, 2016.