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Lester and Grace Asplundh Family Edit




  • 2012 (Other)
  • Date acquired: 20120509 (Other)


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  • Scope and Contents

    This picture book, printed in 2012 was produced by Dr. Phillip Feerrar for the family of his wife Joy Asplundh Feerrar, grand-daughter of Lester & Grace Asplundh.  The book, informally known as "The Lester & Grace Project" begins with brief biographies of the parents of both Lester Asplundh (Carl Hjalmar & Emma Steiger Asplundh) and his wife Grace (Daniel E. & Margaret Drynan Horigan) and follows with a biographical sketch of Lester's and Grace's lives through their youth and then their marriage.  The book is filled with information and photographs from various public, private and corporate archives, including the Academy of the New Church (ANC) Archives at Bryn Athyn College.

  • Abstract

    Privately printed picture book produced for the descendants of the Lester & Grace Asplundh family.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    No restrictions.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright, Phillip Feerrar.

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  • Source of Acquisition

    Dr. Phillip Feerar

  • Method of Acquisition

    Gift from Dr. Phillip Feerrar and the Asplundh family to the ANC Archives.

  • Appraisal Information

    Lester and Grace Asplundh were lifelong members of the New Church and long-time residents of Bryn Athyn, PA.  Lester was elected to the Academy of the New Church Board of Directors in 1950 and given and honorary (non-voting) spot on the board in 1971.  He also served on the Board of the General Churc of the New Jerusalem, the local Bryn Athyn Church and was involved as chairman or otherwise in several General Church Assemblies (world-wide meetings of church members and officials).

  • Custodial History

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  • Existence and Location of Originals

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  • Biographical or Historical Information

    Lester and Grace Asplundh were both from New Church (Swedenborgian) families of decidedly different means.  While the fathers of both families were professionally successful, Lester's father had died relatively young with little more than the family home to leave his wife and children.  Both Lester and Grace attended the Academy of the New Church secondary schools in Bryn Athyn, PA where Lester became a star athlete, considered one of the Philadelphia area's top kickers and fullbacks.  He was also considered a standout athlete in basketball and baseball.  Lester met Grace after her freshman year at the Academy and was described as "being sweet" on her throughout high school.  While Grace returned home to Pittsburgh where she was accepted into teacher training school (and soon begain teaching kindergarten), Lester was awarded a scholarship to attend Swarthmore College and studied electrical engineering.  He remained a star football player in college while also competing in basketball and track & field.  After graduation, Lester worked as an electrical engineer and then for his brother Oswald's tree company.  On weekends, he played professional football, playing in 1923 for both the Coaldale Big Greens and the Frankford Yellow Jackets.  He also played, in ensuing years, for the Atlantic City Blue Tornadoes and the Buffalo Bisons, Atlantic City Roses, Millville Big Blue and Philadelphia Quakers.  He married Grace in 1925 and after a short period residing in the coal regions of Pennsylvania, they moved to Bryn Athyn where they had both attended high school.  In 1928, Lester left football behind and concentrated on his role in founding, with brothers Griffith and Carl, the Asplundh Tree Expert Company where he remained until retirement.  Lester died in 1984, one year before his wife, Grace.

    Note written by Gregory Jackson from information by Phil Feerrar



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