Nils Chillquist, a successful and representative agriculturist of Saunders county, has been actively identified
with agricultural interests here for the past third of a century, owning and operating an excellent farm of one
hundred and sixty acres in Stocking township. His birth occurred in Sweden on the 1st of July, 1858, his parents
being Nils and Hannah Chillquist, who spent their entire lives in that country. In the acquirement of an education
he attended the common schools of his native land until fifteen years of age and then began assisting his father
in the work of the home farm, being thus engaged until a young man of eighteen. He gave his attention to farming
for a period of five years and subsequently worked at different occupations until twenty eight years of age, when
in 1881 he crossed the Atlantic to the United States, attracted by the many favorable reports which had reached
him concerning the opportunities of the new world. After landing on American shores he made his way direct to Saunders
county, Nebraska, and purchased the farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Stocking township which is now in his
possession and the cultivation and improvement of which has continuously claimed his time and energies. His work
is conducted along progressive lines and the sale of large crops each year has brought to him a substantial income.
In 1881, while still living in Sweden, Mr. Chillquist was united in marriage to Miss Betsy Chillquist, by whom
he has had eleven children, namely: Helma, who is the wife of Ernest Watson; Thomas; Ida; Victor; Frieda; Lilly;
Fulda; Edith; Alma, deceased; Bernice; and Elmer A. The family attend the Swedish Lutheran and Mission churches.
Politically Mr. Chillquist is a stanch republican, exercising his right of franchise in support of the men and
measures of that party. Coming to the new world in young manhood, he has since worked his way steadily upward to
success and has long been numbered among the prosperous, representative and respected citizens of his community.
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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