Biography of John Carlson
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John Carlson, who for the last twenty one years has been operating a farm of 260 acres in section 15, Sheldon township, and has now a fine and well improved place, was born in Halland, Sweden, April 22, 1860, son of Carl John Larson and his wife, Anna Larson. The parents were natives of the same locality, and both died in Sweden, the mother in 1882. The father came to this country and resided for three years with his son John, the subject of this sketch, after which he returned to Sweden, where his death occurred 16 years after that of his wife. John Carlson, who was the eldest in a family of five children, attended school in Sweden. At the age of 16 years he began working out and so continued until he was 22. He then came to the United States, landing in this ceuntry without any knowledge of the English language. Locating in Houston county, he engaged in construction work on the St. Paul railroad. He also worked in the Houston Flour Mill at intervals until 1899, when he started farming. For the first four years he rented a farm in Sheldon township. After he operated a farm in Looney Valley for five years, at the end of which time he bought his present farm in section 15, Sheldon township. Here he has erected all the buildings, built fences and roads and made various other improvements. He is also interested in the Farmers' Shipping Association and the Farmers' Telephone Company. His political principles are those of the Republican party. Mr. Carison was married Aug. 8, 1883, to Anna Sophia Johnson, a native of Sweden, where she attended school, and the seventh born of the nine children of Johan Larson and his wife, Christie Johnson. Her parents never came to this country, both dying in their native land. Mr. and Mrs. Carison have nine children as follows: Anna C. and Carl Alfred, residing at home; Ida Josephena, wife of John Egland, a farmer in Looney Valley; Ben Edwin, a farmer in Union township, who married Emma Schmidt; Elmer Julius, John Leonard, Charles William, Lillian Augusta and Emmett Nordeau. This family has the proud record of having given three sturdy Sons for service in the United States Army, Elmer Julius and John Leonard serving with the Army of Occupation in Germany, and Charles William serving with the Ambulance Corps in France.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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