Among the residents of Richland precinct who are entitled to the honor due those who have worked their way upward
from straitened circumstances to prosperity is Andrew Carlson, one of the most successful farmers of that precinct.
A native of Sweden, his birth occurred on the 1st of May, 1848, and his parents were Olof and Elna Carlson, the
former of whom came to the United States in 1882 and is now living with our subject at the age of ninety two years.
Andrew Carlson devoted much of his time in boyhood to attending the public schools but when about fifteen years
of age began working on farms, being so employed for seven years. In the spring of 1870, when about twenty two
years old, he came to the United States by way of Liverpool and after landing at New York continued his journey
westward to Saunders county, Nebraska. He homesteaded eighty acres, upon which he still lives, and later bought
an eighty acre tract and another of one hundred acres, bringing his holdings up to two hundred and sixty acres.
He has continued to operate his place, which is one of the well improved and highly cultivated farms of his locality,
and his enterprise, progressiveness and wise management of affairs have resulted in the attainment of financial
independence. When he first came to this county he lived in a dugout but after two years was able to erect a frame
house. His buildings are now commodious and substantial and are well adapted to their respective purposes. For
two years he conducted an elevator at Swedeburg and later worked in one at Ceresco for about five years but he
now devotes his entire attention to farming.
Mr. Carlson was married in 1872 to Miss Elna Johnson, a daughter of Sven and Nellie Johnson, who were lifelong
residents of Sweden. Mr. and Mrs. Carlson have seven children, namely: Emma, the wife of E. A. Quick, of Stocking
precinct, by whom she has four children; Nellie, at home; Minnie, who married O. W. Anderson, a merchant of Oklahoma
City, by whom she has four children; Edgar, who does much of the active work on the home farm; Hulda, who married
Arthur Anderson, a railway mail clerk living in Omaha; Lydia, the wife of Oscar Martinson, of Richland precinct;
by whom she has two children; and Oscar, who is associated with his brother Edgar in the operation of the homestead.
Mr. Carlson votes independently, believing that the qualifications of a candidate are of greater importance than
his political affiliation. For about fifteen years he has been secretary of the Scandia Mutual Insurance Company
and for ten years before becoming secretary held the office of treasurer. He is a consistent member of the Swedish
Mission church and in all relations of life his conduct has measured up to high standards. He is recognized not
only as an efficient farmer but also as a public spirited citizen and a man of unquestioned integrity, and all
who know him hold him in high esteem and regard.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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