In April 1846, Augusta’s friend Lotten writes to Augusta about a ball she and Erica Degermann (Lotten’s spelling) has been invited to. Erika was one of Augusta’s friends in Stockholm.
The picture is slowly developing of the group of friends Augusta had during her teenage years in Stockholm.
- They were wealthy but not necessarily belonging to the noble class.
- Their parents invested in them so that they might marry well – that is, moving up in society or at least have a comfortable life.
- Several came from other parts of Sweden as Stockholm was the optimal place to study and make connections.
- They were boarding with relatives, upper-class widows, or teachers in boarding schools.
This week, I have found Erika Degerman. Who was she?
Christina Erika Degerman was born on 5 October 1829.
She was the daughter of Erik Degerman (1782-1867) and Fredrika Dorotea Lindgren. Erik Degerman had, at the age of 25, inherited the ownership and management of Degerfors ironworks close to Piteå in northern Sweden. Presumably, Erika was boarding in Stockholm in order to get an education and socialize, just like Augusta. We don’t know where she lived. All we know is that she received her first communion in 1846 in Klara church, so she must have resided in that parish. Maybe she also went to Mrs. Edgren’s school?
In 1850, Erika married Carl Helmer Hampus Mörner, a nobleman and lieutenant, in her hometown of Piteå. They became parents of two daughters and three sons, but had only 2 granddaughters. One of those, Dagmar Salén, became the first Swedish woman to win an Olympic medal in sailing. Together with her husband, Sven Salén, they took bronze in the 1936 Summer Olympics.
There seems to be an interesting family saga to be discovered for each of Augusta’s school friends!