John B. Carlson a retired agriculturist residing at Malmo, is well known in Saunders county, having been a resident
here during the past thirty eight years and being long and actively identified with farming interests. His birth
occurred in Sweden on the 20th of September, 1841, his parents being Casper and Engelina Carlson. He attended the
common schools in the acquirement of an education and after putting aside his textbooks secured employment as a
farm hand, his time being thus occupied until he was about thirty years of age. In 1871, desiring to take advantage
of the widely heralded opportunities of the new world, he crossed the Atlantic to the United States and during
the first six years of his residence in this country, worked at the carpenter's trade in Pennsylvania. In 1877
he came to Saunders county, Nebraska, here renting a tract of land which he cultivated for two years. On the expiration
of that period he purchased an eighty acre farm but subsequently sold the property and bought a tract of one hundred
and twenty acres near Malmo which he cultivated for fifteen or sixteen years, his well tilled fields annually yielding
golden harvests in return for the care and labor which he bestowed upon them. In 1913 he disposed of his farm and
took up his abode in the ton of Malmo, where he has since made his home, enjoying well earned retirement.
In November, 1869, in Sweden, Mr. Carlson was united in marriage to Miss Anna Bengston, by whom he has six children,
as follows: Lottie, who is the wife of Carl Losengren and the mother of five daughters; Jennie, who gave her hand
in marriage to Oscar Munson, by whom she has one child; Carl, a resident of South Dakota; Emil, who resides in
Lincoln, Nebraska; Hilda, the wife of Frank Nolan; and Eli, who serves as postmaster at Malmo.
Politically Mr. Carlson is a stalwart democrat, while his religious faith is that of the Swedish Mission church.
He has now passed the seventy fourth milestone on life's journey and enjoys the respect and veneration which should
ever be accorded one who has traveled thus far on this earthly pilgrimage and whose career has been at all times
upright and honorable.
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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