Nils Ström becomes new church pastor. He comes to a vicarage in great disrepair. All buildings, except the old basement with its long staircase, are unusable. However, major efforts have been made on the land church, which was renovated after Jakob Rijf’s drawings to be inaugurated in 1799. Now it is time for a vicarage which is built with inspiration from Säbro bishop’s yard outside Härnösand. The parish appropriates 2000 riksdaler and some building materials. But it is not enough on long roads and the priest Ström is bankrupt on his absence.
Slaget om Skellefteå
15 maj 1809
The Ström family flees and Swedish officers headquarters in the rectory. On May 15, it will be feared. The Russian invade from the north. Instead, it is the Russian general Schuvaloff who takes possession of the vicarage. Margareta Renhorn acts hostess during the Russian “visit” so charming that she probably saves the vicarage from the usual Russian farewell greeting, that the buildings are set on fire. The Ström family returns, but people in the area then have little to spare for the “saved stream”.
Peace between Russia and Sweden.
Big riot in the vicarage when four of the reading movement’s leadership figures infiltrate the Reformation Jubilee Day. You are upset by the preaching of the priest Ström. The situation is so tense that a royal commission, headed by Justice Joshua Sylwander, is sent to Skellefteå to mediate. At a later meeting in the church, the upset feelings are calmed.
One of the foreground figures of the Skellefte district Nils Nordlander arrives in Skellefteå as the first elected church pastor. He engages in most things; arranges city rights for Skellefteå in 1845, is a co-founder of the educational institution in 1860, as well as Sparbanken, which is set up in the vicarage. He feels sorry for the poor and the school system.
A party in connection with King Charles XV’s visit causes great conflict between father and son Nordlander. Daniel’s son, who is part of the king’s entourage, has defied his father’s ban on liquor and arranged a banquet to the celebrated guests upstairs of the vicarage. However, great joy for the art-interested parents, however, is the daughter Anna, one of the Academy’s first female students and even in our days an esteemed artist with “own” museum in the city. She is already deceased at 36 years of age in the lungs.
There is famine in the countryside after misgrowth and sad harvests. In the vicarage large pots of soup are cooked every day for the starving. This year and 1868 are the worst years of emergency in memory of men.
The vicarage becomes the center of a revival that is powerfully advancing through the countryside. This happens in conjunction with the arrival of the pastor Simon Brandell.
på utflykt ca 1900
Skellefteå missionary association is created by Brandell and the vicarage becomes a gathering place for colorful preachers and large crowds of people. Wife Anna bases the household where there is a lot of life and movement. Now up to ten baptisms a day are held in the vicarage.