|Catalog Number||WF 4621|
Berent Rydberg was the son of Peter and Anna Carlson Rydberg who were among the wave of Scandinavian immigrants who came to Anacortes to work in the town's lumber and fishing industries in 1890 and 1891. Berent's siblings were Alfred, Fritz, Frieda, Evelyn, Emily, and Anna, all of whom were born in the family home at 909 23rd Avenue. Peter died in 1928. Anna, the mother, lived until May 17, 1948. Berent married Grace Hastie, whose 9-2000 oral history interview gives more information about the family. For more information see: "Trials and hardships of Anacortes Pioneers" in the 11-3-1927 ANACORTES AMERICAN as well as FIRST VIEWS: AN EARLY HISTORY OF SKAGIT COUNTY, p. 90.
Berent graduated from Anacortes High School in 1923 where he was active in drama and baseball. He married Grace Hastie c. 1943, who came to Anacortes as a new schoolteacher in 1942. Berent worked as a bookkeeper at Anacortes Marine Hardware and Supply for Mike Demopoulos and served as a commissioner for the Port of Anacortes. During the 1943-44 school year he taught auto mechanics at Anacortes High School. He and Grace lived at 915 23rd Street until he died in 1968. They had one daughter, Karen Rydberg Bain, born March 15, 1945.
|Collection||Wallie Funk Collection|
Place - Anacortes, WA
|Credit line||Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection|
RYDBERG, Berent C.
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|