Carl Robert Ehrström

Ehrström founded Raaahe's and Finland's first local museum.

Cultural activists

In his youth, Ehrström had been a classmate of J.L. Runeberg at the Vaasa elementary school and later met with him in 1822 at High School.

While studying at the Turku Academy, he was in close contact with a circle of friends, including Runeberg, J. J. Nervander, Snellman and Lönnrot. After moving to the University of Helsinki, Ehrström founded the Association for Finnish language in the Northern region of the association.

Perhaps Ehrström closest friend was J.V. Snellman, whom he called "Veli-Janneksi". They were in lively correspondence until their old age. The oldest surviving letter is already in the end of both matriculation periods. Ehrström's letters to Snellman often referred to topical cultural issues. For example, in his letter of March 6, 1846, he also ponders the questions of sobriety and schooling. He proposed to Snellman the introduction of a language law by Emperor's decree. Snellman implemented the proposal in Parola in 1863.

Puerperal Fever

The career of Ehrström's doctor began in the middle of the 1830s as a temporary amanuensis (taking dictation) of the Helsinki Childbirth Hospital. During the Ehrström period 1836-37, an epidemic wave of childhood illness broke out in the department. Child fever challenged Ehrström. When he followed the nursing staff and others, he drew attention to the spread of the disease through contact.

In his dissertation published in 1840, Ehrström thought the disease was spreading through the "invisible factor". At that time in the world nothing was known about bacteria yet. Ehrström was therefore the forerunner of bacteriology.

Early stages of the Raahe Museum

When Ehrström noticed how special and valuable objects were that the sailors and travelers brought with them, he developed the idea set up a museum on the basis of all these souveniers.

In April 1862, Ehrström collected urban donations for the establishment of the museum. In October of that same year he wrote an article about the usefulness and necessity of the museums in Oulu's Wiikkosanoma. For that reason the 21st of October became the foundation date of Raahe Museum. Usually the museums at that time were in conjunction with the universities, so this kind of museum based on private collections was ahead of its time.

Museum's pioneer, Lönnrot, Runeberg and Snellman were companions

Carl Robert Ehrström enthusiastically took part in the student life of his time. He came to Raahe's district as a doctor in 1855, just as the town's thriving sailboat and shipping industry was in its heyday.

The father of Carl Robert was from the farmland of Anders Ehrström, the parish of Kruununkylä. He had been in Uppsala as a pupil of Linnen and pursued science. The priest's family had 14 children. The son of Erik Gustav was known for his "romance in Turku" and Fredrik August was one of the most famous composers of his time.

In 1816 Carl Robert soared through Vaasa elementary school. In the same year he was transferred to the next class. Thus he became a classmate of J. L. Runeberg. The boys matriculated at the same time.

Carl Robert started university studies at the Turku Academy. His companions included Runeberg, J. J. Nervander, J.V. Snellman and E. Lonnrot. He was enthusiastically involved in student life with his composer brother. Since the University moved to Helsinki in 1828, friends moved to continue their studies.

Carl Robert was a very versatile civilised person, a typical romance representative. Throughout his life he was in correspondence with friends from his teenage years.

The career of Ehrström's doctor began in the middle of the 1830s as a temporary amanuensis of the Helsinki Childbirth Hospital. The circumstances in the hospitals at that time were primitive and during the Ehrström's employment an epidemic wave of childhood illness occurred. Childhood fever was a threat to births and newborns, especially in obstetric facilities.

The problem concerned Ehrström to the extent that he chose this case as his subject in his 1840 thesis. In his book he thinks that the disease spreads through contact. The spread of diseases by bacteria was not yet known at that time. The epidemic in obstetrics department plant stopped when hand hygiene was intensified: At the suggestion of Ehrström, everyone washed their hands both going to the patient and on returning from the patient.

Ehrström was elected to Tornio as a town doctor in 1838 and the following year as Tornio's circuit physician. His area of ​​responsibility was a large area of Lappland. Transport connections were underdeveloped in that wilderness and put a strain on him. He is known to have entered into correspondence with Lönnrot, who recommended him to Oulu. Instead he moved to Raahe.

Ehrström's official time at Raahe took place during the sailing era. When he noticed how special objects the seafarers brought to Raahe, he developed his idea of ​​creating a museum by gathering these objects into a collection.

In 1862, the idea had evolved to the point that Ehrström presented "Museums" to the locals. In November, he published a pamphlet entitled "Museumit" in Oulu's Wiikkosanoma. It is considered as the founding letter of the Museum of Raahe and its date of signature is October 21st 1862, the birthday of the museum

Carl Robert Ehrström

  • Born on 14 September 1803 in Luodossa
  • He died on May 19, 1891 in Raahe
  • 1822 high school students
  • 1831 philosopher. Bachelor of Science
  • 1834 drugs. Bachelor of Science
  • 1840 drugs. and a surgeon. doctor
  • 1839 as a Circuit Doctor in Tornio
  • 1855 - 1871 a circuit physician at Raahe
  • Wife Sofia, 8 children

The Bergbom's family history:

  • Karl Robert Ehrström, born in Luode (near Kokkola), 14 September 1803, died 19 May 1881 in Raahe
  • Vaasa Trivial School 1816 (moved to Class II in the same year)
  • Student Ob. 2 October 1822 (Runeberg was in the same class)
  • philosoph. Bachelor of Science. 04/03/1831
  • medicine. Bachelor of Science. 12/12/1834
  • Licentiate 28.4.1838
  • medicine. and a surgeon. Dr. 18.7.1840
  • Doctor of the District of Tornio 2.1.1839
  • district physician in Raahe County on March 6, 1855, took office number 1871 (retired)
  • •Annan tähd. 3. l. Rit. 1.5.1864
  • Spouse Sofia Ekström, Tornion kihlak. assistant professor, economist and judge Nils Ekström
  • children
    • Hanna Maria Katarina
    • Eva Gustava Erika
    • Give Sofia
    • Johan Vilhelm
    • Fredrika Emilia
    • Erik Karl
    • Selma ◦Maria Verna

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