CHARLES A. LOUIS.
For the past six years Charles A. Louis has been successfully engaged in business as the proprietor of a hardware
and implement establishment at Swedeburg. His birth occurred in McComb, Illinois, on the 9th of May, 1872, his
parents being G. O. and Anna Louisa (Schill) Louis, natives of Sweden. The father, who was born March 15, 1849
emigrated to the United States in 1865 and took up his abode in Illinois. He came to Nebraska in 1869 and was so
favorably impressed with the state that he decided to settle here later. Accordingly in 1873 he brought his family
to Saunders county, taking up a homestead claim on section 6, Richland township, which he operated continuously
and successfully until 1905. He then removed to another farm and continued agricultural pursuits until 1910, when
he put aside the active work of the fields and has since lived retired in Wahoo. The period of his residence in
this county now covers more than four decades and he is widely known as a representative and valued citizen. In
1870 he went back to Sweden for his sweetheart and they were married in Galesburg, Illinois, on the 4th of July,
1871. They have four living children, namely: Charles A., of this review; Belle, who is matron of the Orphans'
Home at Stromsburg, Nebraska; Hilda, who is the wife of S. A. Peterson, a blacksmith living in Swedeburg; and Hannah,
who gave her hand in marriage to Dr. Woeppel, of Wahoo, by whom she has a daughter, Louise.
Charles A. Louis acquired his early education in the common schools of Swedeburg and also attended Luther College
at Wahoo, from the business department of which he graduated in 1891. He then spent three years as a public school
teacher and from 1894 until 1899 devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits. The next six years were spent
in the employ of the Updike Grain Company of Omaha, with elevators at Bee, Dwight and Swedeburg, Nebraska. In 1905
he again turned his attention to farming and was engaged in the work of the fields for four years, on the expiration
of which period he embarked in the hardware and implement business at Swedeburg, where he has since conducted an
establishment of that character. A liberal and gratifying patronage is accorded him, for he has won and maintained
an unassailable reputation as a thoroughly reliable merchant and conducts his business in a most progressive and
up to date manner.
On the 12th of April, 1905, Mr. Louis was united in marriage to Miss Hilma Hedlund, a daughter of Christian and
Matilda Hedlund. To them have been born six children, namely Helmer, Esther and Lucile, all of whom attend school
in Swedeburg; Sylvia; Florentine; and Laurette. Mr. Louis is a republican in his political views but does not consider
himself bound by party ties at local elections and casts his ballot for the candidate whom he believes best qualified.
His religious faith is that of the Swedish Lutheran church. He is enterprising and progressive in matters of citizenship
as well as in business affairs and is accorded the esteem and regard of a large circle of acquaintances, many of
whom are comrades of his boyhood days.
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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