LEONARD F. CARLSON.
Of Swedish parentage on the paternal side, Leonard F. Carlson is numbered among the sons of those pioneer settlers
who came from Sweden to America, pushing their way westward beyond the Mississippi in the days when rolling prairies
of wild land stretched in endless monotony to the foothills of the Rockies. At the age of twenty his father, Adam
Carlson, came to America from Sweden where he had worked at farm labor. Arriving in this country in 1856 he located
in Ottumwa, Iowa, and became a day laborer in a brick yard in that town. He did not continue in this employment
very long, but on the advice and solicitation of friends came to Jefferson county, Iowa, to engage in agriculture.
He bought a small farm in Round Prairie township which he improved and operated. He was married to Miss Susan Anderson
and, during their residence here on the Round Prairie farm in Jefferson county, their son, Leonard F. Carlson,
was born June 24, 1877. At the end of four years Mr. Carlson sold this farm and removed his family to the town
of Rome, Henry county, Iowa, where he entered the employment of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad.
In this he continued for a period of twelve years and at the expiration of this time once more harkened to the
call of rural life. He therefore bought a farm of one hundred and sixteen acres in Lockridge township, later adding
to this by a further purchase of forty acres, This land he improved and operated for about fifteen years. Then,
giving the management of the farm over to his son Leonard, he retired, going back to Rome, Iowa, to live. Here
he still resides being seventy five years old. His wife is sixty years old.
Leonard F. Carlson was reared and educated in Rome. Henry county, Iowa, where he attended the public schools. For
the past ten years he has been engaged in operating his father's farm with much success. He raises thirty head
of hogs annually, and feeds thirty head of cattle and five horses.
The marriage of Leonard F. Carlson to Miss Etta Duttweiler was solemnized on New Year's day, 1902. She is a daughter
of Jacob and Sarah (Baldosier) Duttweiler. Mr. and Mrs. Carlson were blessed with the birth of two children, twins
born near the close of the year 1902. They are named Francis A. and Florence R. Mr. Carlson is a republican in
his political views and with his family holds membership in the Baptist church. He is a man of forceful character
and genial personality, highly esteemed by all who know him.
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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