John L. Carlson. - A prominent figure in banking circles in Joliet is John L. Carlson, who is first vice president
of the Will County National Bank. He was born in Sweden, March 24, 1868, the son of C. J. Carlson. C. J. Carlson
spent his entire life in Sweden and is now deceased.
John L. Carlson obtained his education in the schools of his native land and in early youth was an apprenticed
drug clerk. He came to the United States about 1884 and settled at Rockford, Ill. Later he entered Northwestern
College of Pharmacy and began his professional drug work in Chicago. He located in Joliet in 1889 and for two years
was employed in the drug store of Dr. Dougall, at Cass and Collins streets. Mr. Carlson became sole proprietor
of the business in 1891 and devoted his entire time to this business until February, 1920, at which time he retired
from active business. He has been identified with the Will County National Bank as a director since 1901. He was
elected second vice president of the institution in 1922 and later succeeded Dr. Folker as first vice president
after the latter's death.
In 1898 Mr. Carlson was united in marriage with Miss Carrie Marsh, the daughter of Henry Marsh, of Joliet. Mr.
Marsh, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War.
In politics Mr. Carlson has always been a Republican. He has served as a member of the county board of supervisors
of Will County almost continuously since 1896, and has also been a member of the board of police and fire commissioners.
He is affiliated with Matteson Lodge, A. F. and A. M. No. 175; Joliet Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27; Joliet Commandery,
K. T. No. 4; Medinah Temple, Chicago; and he also belongs to the Chamber of Commerce.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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