|Carl Johan Anderson, back row, center, 1887.|
Carl Johan, my paternal grandmother's father, was born in Sweden in 1867 to Anders Svensson and Anna Katerina Mansdotter. According to his own account, he served compulsory military service at Fristad Hed for 21 days in 1887. He was due to serve again the following year but left for America instead.
I was surprised to find this photo of Carl Johan in the basement stash last September, but very grateful to also have his account of his service to explain it.