Evangeline Hoysradt Bergstrom was born in Ithaca, NY on May 23, 1872 and was the only child of Dr. and Mrs. George W. Hoysradt. She attended the Anna Brown School for Girls.
John Nelson Bergstrom was born in Neenah, WI in 1874. He was the eldest of six children, John Nelson, Willis, Diedric W. II, Nathan, Frank and Marie. The Bergstroms married on June 12, 1901 and moved to DePere, WI. In 1904, he and his father, Dedric, founded the Bergstrom Paper Company, the Bergstroms moved to Neenah and resided there for the rest of their lives. In 1928 when Dedric passed away, John became president of the company.
The Bergstroms were childless, and so they devoted their time and treasure to several interests in the community including church activities, and historical, horticultural and educational hobbies. Her colonial ancestory afforded Mrs. Bergstrom active membership in the Mayflower Society of Massachusetts, Colonial Dames of Wisconsin, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Antiquarian Society of Wisconsin and the Historical Society of Wisconsin. Mr. Bergstrom passed away in June of 1951. Mrs. Bergstrom passed away in February of 1954.
While the Bergstrom name remains prominent in Neenah, the founders of the museum are distant relatives to the present-day Bergstrom family. John Nelson Bergstrom is the great uncle of the gentlemen who operate Bergstrom Automotive of Neenah.