Having come to this country and settled in Polk county in the full maturity of his manhood and with his ambition
for his own advancement and the improvement of the land of his adoption in full vigor, and having devoted all his
time and energy to the accomplishment of his desires, Erie J. Erikson, one of the leading business men of Fertile,
has proven himself to be a very useful citizen and a productive power for good in the community of his home.
Mr. Erikson was born in Sweden June 28, 1852, and was reared and educated in that country, where he remained until
he reached the age of twenty nine, engaged principally in farming. In 1881 he came to the United States and in
the autumn of that year took up his residence in Polk county. He entered a claim for 160 acres of land in Bear
Park township, and on this tract he lived aud made improvements for about ten years. At the end of that period
he sold the homestead and bought another farm, which is located in Garfield township, and also contains 160 acres.
This farm was his home and employed his energies for five years. He then sold it and moved into the village of
After locating in Fertile Mr. Erikson first engaged in keeping a restaurant, but soon abandoned this line of trade
and became a dealer in farm produce. He is now also largely interested in real estate in the village and the surrounding
country. He has served several terms as a member of the village council, and in many other ways has contributed
to the development, improvement and growth of the town, and has taken an active and helpful interest in the United
Lutheran church, of which he has long been a member. He was married in Sweden to Miss Johanna Anderson, a native
of that country. They have six children, Hannah, Hulda, Hjalmar, Julia, Lillie and Eugene.
Compendium of History and Biography
of Polk County, Minnesota
Maj. R. I. Holcombe, Historical Editor
William H. Bingham, Feneral Editor
W. H. Bingham & Co.
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906