John F. Carlson was a well known and efficient farmer residing in Richland precinct, whose demise was deeply
regretted. A native of Sweden, he was born in December, 1837, and was a son of Carl Carlson. He passed the days
of his boyhood and youth in his native land, attending the common schools in the acquirement of an education until
he was about fourteen years of age. He then began providing for his own support and for many years was connected
with agricultural pursuits in Sweden but in 1882 decided to try his fortune in the new world and accordingly emigrated
to America. On his arrival in Saunders county, Nebraska, he purchased eighty acres of railroad land in Richland
precinct, which he at once began to improve and develop. He brought his farm to a high state of cultivation and
as he was energetic and understood farming he seldom failed to gather good crops, from the sale of which he received
a good income.
In December, 1884, occurred the marriage of Mr. Carlson and Miss Ida Nelson, and they became the parents of six
children: Albert, a resident of Wahoo, who married Miss Alma Olson and has three children, Clarence, Ethel and
Dorothy; Selma, the wife of Chester Brown, of Miller, and the mother of two children, Isabell and Ralph; Oscar;
Victor; Hilma, the wife of Riley Wallen, who lives near Valparaiso, this state; and Anna.
Mr. Carlson took a commendable interest in public affairs and in politics voted independently, believing the qualifications
of a candidate for the office in question to be of greater importance than his political affiliation. The principles
of conduct which guided his life may be inferred from the fact that he was a member of the Swedish Mission church,
to the support of which he contributed. He never regretted his removal to this country, as through the utilization
of the opportunities which he found here he gained a competence, although he came with nothing. He was not only
successful in farming but was also respected because of his public spirit, his high moral standards and his agreeable
personal qualities. He gained many sincere friends and although he passed away on the 4th of July, 1894, his memory
is still cherished by those who were intimately associated with him.
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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