The history about the begger Rosenbom
During a begging round among the burgess population of the town on New Year’s night 1717 alcohol was generously offered which resulted in Rosenbom becoming more and more drunk. At Captain Lagerbjerke’s, he lost his hat when he bowed too deep, which the captain found to be amusing and said: ”If one wants a thank you from Rosenbom one must lift his hat“. Then Rosenbom staggered further, while he cheerfully repeated the words that Lagerbjelke had said.
When Rosenbom arrived at sculptor Kolby’s he recited the rigmarole cheerfully on shaky legs. Kolby was not amused, but instead got mad and gave the visitor a few slaps on the ear before he threw him out of the house and Rosenbom ended up in a snowdrift. After a while Kolby had regrets and went outside to look for Rosenbom who got scared when he saw Kolby coming out of the house and therefore ran to the Admiralty Church to hide. Kolby did not succeed in finding Rosenbom so he returned home.
The next morning Rosenbom was found frozen to death leaning at the churchwall with one hand stretched out like a beggar. Kolby who worked with figurehead sculpting then made a wooden sculpture of Rosenbom in form of a poor-box where one hand is stretched out and the other hand holds a placard with the words below.
Humbly I beg you
Since that day Rosenbom is standing outside the Admiralty Church – Ulrika Pia, the largest wooden church of Sweden.
Rosenbom of today