Biography of Swan Carlson
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Swan Carlson, proprietor of a farm of 62 acres in section 9, Sheldon township, was born in Telemarken, Norway, Aug. 22, 1855, son of Carl and Helga (Olson) Erickson. He was about six years old when he accompanied his parents to this country, and his education was acquired in the district school in Money Creek township. He assisted his father to develop the home farm in that township, residing on it until 20 years of age, after which he worked out occasionally, but continued to assist his parents when at home. About 1882 the family moved to the farm in section 9, Sheldon township, where Swan Carlson has since resided and of which he is now the owner. Here his parents died and the property came into his hands. His land is valuable and well improved, he having erected good buildings on it. Here he is raising a high grade of stock, breeding up in Durham cattle. He is also a stockholder in the creamery company, and is one of the thriving and progressive farmers in his township. In politics he is an independent Republican. His religious affiliations are with the Norwegian Lutheran church, of which he has been janitor for 23 years. Mr. Carlson was married Jan. 27, 1890, to Mary Egland, who was born in Stonger, Norway, daughter of Gjergen Buerenson and his wife Bertha, both natives of the same locality. The family came to America in 1871, settling first in Wisconsin and then coming to Houston, where the father, already advanced in years, taught parochial school. Both parents are now deceased. Mr. Swan Carlson died Feb. 14, 1918. The name now borne by the family was derived, as is the Scandinavian custom, from the founder's Christian name, Swan, the subject of this sketch taking as his surname, his father's name of Carl, and adding the "son."

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


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