Charles E. Ericson, who is conducting a furniture and undertaking business in Ceresco, is recognized as one
of the substantial men of his town. He was born in Chicago on the 19th of October, 1883, of the marriage of C.
J. and Hannah Ericson, both natives of Sweden, where they remained until 1881, when they came to the United States.
The father worked at the carpenter's trade in Chicago for nine years but in 1890 came to Saunders county, Nebraska,
and purchased eighty acres of land one mile north and one mile east of Ceresco. Subsequently he bought an additional
eighty acres half a mile south of his first purchase. He is a wealthy man and has gained a gratifying measure of
success His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he holds membership in the Swedish Mission
church at Ceresco. To him and his wife were born seven children: Sarah, now the wife of G. N. Skoglund; Charles
E.; Ellen, the wife of G. E. Johnson; Esther, at home; Harry, who is operating the home farm; Ebba, who married
Clemie Swanson; and Clarence, who is attending the high school in Lincoln.
Charles E. Ericson attended the public schools until he was seventeen years of age and thereafter assisted his
father with the work of the homestead until he attained his majority. He next worked as a farm hand for a year,
after which he followed the carpenter's trade for three months. At the end of that time he entered the employ of
Winter Brothers, general merchants, with whom he remained for eleven months. Subsequently he engaged in the hardware
business for four and a half years but in 1911 he became the owner of a furniture and undertaking business, which
he has since conducted. He has erected the building which he occupies and his store is in every respect up to date.
He carries an excellent line of furniture and undertaking supplies and has gained an enviable reputation for reasonable
prices and excellent service. In 1915 he was graduated from the Hohenschuh Carpenter School of Embalming at Des
Moines, Iowa, where is taught what is known as the American system of embalming, the school being recognized as
a standard one.
Mr. Ericson was married April 15, 1911, to Miss Lela Nelson, a daughter of Gust A. Nelson, a native of Sweden.
To this union has been born a son, Clifford.
Although Mr. Ericson generally sapports the republican party he at times votes independently as he considers the
fitness of the candidate for the position in question to be of greater importance than his political affiliation.
He holds membership in the Swedish Mission church and his influence is always on the side of right and justice.
He has not only gained gratifying success in business but has also won the sincere respect of all who have come
in contact 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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