The Lockne Calendar

One source of information are the population-reports from every parish-priest. Below you can read about Lockne parish, as well as its neighbours Brunflo, Sundsjö, Revsund, Bodsjö, Näs, Sunne and Marieby. But, note that these reports often ignor chalets, hunting, fishing and live stock.

1752 Measles and pocks at summer in Lockne and Marieby.

1754 In Lockne and Marieby the people where sick in "brännsjuka" from spring to autumn, but not more than one of the soldiers died.

1755 An impetuous fever was current in Lockne. In Näs the "brännsjuka" was current at the end of the year.

1756 At the end of the year Febris maligna showed in Brunflo parish and an impetuous fever was current in Näs.

1758 Most of them in Brunflo who got varius fevers - between ague and heat - died. The diseas began with cold shiver and headache.

1760 The pocks ravaged throughout the year in Sunne.

1762 There were no diseases in Brunflo.

1765 Diseases such as "håll" (stitches) and "stygn" (twinges) were current in Sunne.

1766 Five children died of the pocks in Sunne.

1769 At the beginning of the year there were pocks in Marieby.

1770 At the end of the year there was a cough that took many of the children in Brunflo. The pocks ravaged at the beginning and at the end of the year in Revsund and Sundsjö.

1772 At the end of June an impetuous fever showed in Lockne and four young people died. At the end of the year many died in Brunflo out of "rötfeber". The harvest was damaged by the frost, folowed by a mild autumn with little snow - the ice of the lake did not freez until after Christmast. Then it got winter-cold.

1773 The "rötfeber", "rödsot" (dysentery) and "nervfeber" (byphoid fever) stroked some, but no one died. Peoples stomach began to swell, caused by eating bark.

1774 The pocks ravaged in Brunflo at summer and the "rötfeber" at winter. From Bosjö they reported a good harvest.

1775 The harvest was good but the crops where damaged by rain or infected by "rödsot" (?), "bleck" and "lägg". At June 19, between 2 and 3 a.m. a vigorous hail-shower made holes in the earth. Fever and gastric pains were common in Revsund. In Brunflo "rötfeber" ravaged kindly in spring, and "bröstfeber" at winter.

1776 There was mild weather in Revsund - no snow and ice on the lakes until mid December.

1777 In springtime there where pocks. After a chilly summer the lakes did not accumulate any warmth why the harvest would not mature. There was also frost. 

1778 The summer was raw, but the harvest especially of grain was resonable, although there was lack of hay. A cold and snowy winter came in late September. In Frösön the pocks and whooping-cough ravaged.

1779 Maby they had found iron ore in the forest of Döviken? Lake Revsund froze in earley September, but the snowfall was withholded.

1780 At March 9 and the day after there was a storm that broke roofs and trees. The same happened at June 4. The following days 15 people drowned in Revsund. The harvest was poor, also damaged by frost, but the corn-harvest was good in Bodsjö.

1781 Whooping-cough and pocks ravaged in Revsund. The summer was cold and dry, so there was not much hay. The fishing also decresed. The harvest of crops in Revsund, however, was reasonable and the hunting of birds was good. But, most of the growth in Sundsjö was damage by rain.

1782 Both pocks and "rötfeber" grazed in Sunne. From Revsund they reported that the summer was rather cold and rainy why the crops did not mature. Som was harvest in September after the snow had fell. The fishing was also poor because of the cold water and the high water-level in September and October.

1783 Spring and Summer were dry, why the harvest of grain was poor. But some grain - rye and peas - matured niceley. The air in Revsund was filled with smoke from June to September and people got catarrh and cough the following winter.

1784 A cold and rainy summer blocked the crops to mature and damaged them further by frost in the autumn. But the harvest of hay was good in Sundsjö and Revsund, although there were problems drying it. Fishing in Revsund was the worst in living memory and bird-hunting was not so good either.

1785 After a raw and wet summer the harvest was good in Revsund, for those who had good seeds. The crops where infected by "rödsot" (?). There were not enough hay and fish but lots of birds. "Rötfeber" grazed in Revsund. At noon September 24 the snow began to fall in Sunne, although there still where green leafs on the trees and the hay stood outdoor on racs. The weather also got stormy why many roads were blocked and the cattle could not graze. After 2 days the weather got better and after 14 days the snow had melted away.

1786 Out of the cold spring and the short summer a resonable harvest was made from the better fields in Revsund. The same was valid for the hay-harvest, especially for sedge, although the frost in the ground remained almost al summer. There was not so much of elk.

1787 After a not too cold winter with snow, the spring was raw and the summer cold and rainy - there was ice under the moss in Sundsjö during the whole summer. In all there were only 14 days of summer. Though, the autumn was good and the cattle of Sunne could graze outdoors until the end of October. The rye and "swidjorne" (burned land) did not mature. Almost everywhere the harvest was weak, damaged by frost.

1788 The winter was mild, except for a coupple of days in mid February - in January drizzling rains fell surprisingly. Spring was cold and the soil was wet. The poor rye-seeds would not grow, but the weeds did. Although the summer was warm with harvest in the middle of August, the yield was not too good. There were also lemmings south of Storsjön. The frost came in mid September and there was snow in mid October, although no sleigh-way for work out in the woods. The pocks ravaged in Revsund, as well as "rödsot", "håll" and "stygn".

1789 The winter was mild and the spring as good as in 1736, 1737 and 1738. Spring was early and the summer warm and beautiful. Growth was good, both for crops and roots. Fresh beans were eaten until October 23. The many lemmings made damage, especialy on rye and hay by the shores - the autumn was mild with lots of birds. 

1790 From January until March there was no snow, but April was cold and snowy. May until mid August was stormy, rainy and cold. Then it got warmer, although the mountains got white of snow at the end of August. September was rainy, October good with sleigh-way. The Lakes froze in November. December was good but stormy with a lot of snow. Most crops would not mature because of the cold and rainy summer. Others was injured from frost.

1791 The winter was good with much snow. March was stormy and April wet and cold - the storm at March 16 overturned the tower of Lockne church, several crophouses, roofs, fences and trees. Spring was slow. The harvest was good, not affected by rain or cold weather. But the rye was not fully matured everywhere. The weather of August and September was good as well as October with sleigh-way and frozen lakes. In November the ice got thick and December made a good winter.

1792 From January through March the weather was cold but grew milder. April and May were cold and stormy. The weather was good from June to mid August wich made good harvest, both for hay in July and crops in August. Then it got cold and stormy with no snow until December.

1793 The harvest of crops were above average. Rye was enough for household use, other grains were abundant. The harvest of hay was weak.

1794 The measles ravaged in Lockne. The harvest of crops was good - grain was abundant - although not fully matured everywhere. The harvest of hay was average.

1795 Whooping-cough and pocks ravaged in Lockne. The harvest of crops was very good, but not abundant. The raw summer made the harvest weak at some places. The harvest of hay was weak and limited. There were not much berries.

1796 After a mild and rainy spring the summer was dry. The harvest of crops and hay was abundant, although the grain and rye did not fully mature.

1797 The harvest of crops was various. At some places it was taken by the frost. The harvest of hay was good.

1798 The heat around mid-summer ruined the good spring. Autumn was wet and the harvest weak.

1799 The harvest of crops and hay was good, although slightly damaged by the lingering rain. Some of the crops matured late and had to be harvested in snow. 

1800 Spring was early and those who sow could harvest. Spring then got cold and wet and the summer cold and windy until August. The harvest of hay was rich, but did not dry. The harvest of crops and hay was weak al through Jamtland, because of the rain and the frost. 

1801 All the pocks ravaged in Lockne. The harvest was at most unharmed in the stormy weather. 

1813 Four children died of the whooping-cough in Lockne.

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Marianne Hengen (Svenska Handelsbanken), has constructed a Swedish cost-of-living-index (direct taxes and social benefits excluded) from 1732 until today - here presented for the time of Olof Hagblom.

Note that this index is Swedish, not Jamtish. A Jamt-index would probably show a higher growth because of one mining-project. In the 1740:ies Erik Sparrman and a couple of other Swedes established a mine in Kall and Fröå, wich increased demand with 400 percent.