Highly confidential police matters!


To me it was all pretty straight forward. We had got married; I had my job at the Sheraton and in order to keep it, I needed to show them a permit. If memory does not fail me we went to the police station that same day, the 17th November 1972. There we were told that it was necessary to present ourselves for an interview. Swedish authorities were instructed to make sure that no marriages of convenience with the purpose of staying in the country were accepted. I learnt later that Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme had in 1949 married to help a Czechoslovakian girl escape dictatorship in her country. It wasn’t our case, but still…

We were summoned for an interview on upcoming Tuesday the 21th November. We were asked separately a number of questions, some of more intimate character. When did we meet, how, where and had we slept with each other.

My interview was held in English and I wasn’t a bit nervous, but instead rather amused at the whole procedure. For Mona it was different. She was rather upset that her country acted suspiciously and I think she took it rather personally. Eventually the whole thing was over, we were reunited and they chatted something that I didn’t understand. Suddenly I found us out in the street, facing the cold and dark Stockholm afternoon. I was not only curious but decided to claim my right. Where was the stamp I needed? We went back in again and after some more talk I was given a stamp on my passport. It’s validity was for four days when the decision was supposed to come from the authority in charge! That did me fine! I had my stamp, so I was happy! I had also for the first time encountered Swedish bureaucracy.

The Ineichens

Josef Ineichen

The Ineichens originate from Switzerland. My great grandfather Josef left his farm in Gölpi, Village of Gelfingen, Hitzkirch, in the canton of Luzern.  He was a Swiss German- speaking young man, of Roman Catholic creed, when he left for London. He had 6 brothers and sisters and I presume his older brother Leonz was expected to inherit the farm and carry on the farming life.Josef was born on the 22nd march 1875.

The other siblings were Elisabeth, Anna, Barbara, Marie and Albert. Their father was Kasper and their mother Verena Egli.

Josef would have been in his twenties when he came to London where he became a waiter. He married Mary Hatchard my great grandmother on the 14th of April 1899.

I really have very little information about Josef Ineichen. He lived in Westminster more precisely at 42, Moreland buildings, in Smith square. When he married Mary Hatchard, she already had a son, William George who was at the time 5 years old.

I am curious whether Josef managed to speak good English and what sort of a person he was. Does anyone know?

He passed away on the 1st of july 1949, aged 74.