Biography of Leonard F. Carlson
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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.

From:
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement Vol II
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1914


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