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Jonas Collin, a farmer and stockraiser of Section 23, Silver Creek Township, Ida Co., Iowa, was born in Sweden on April 12, 1830. As he advanced toward manhood, he conceived the idea of obtaining a fortune in a foreign land. In 1869, he and his family embarked for America. They landed in New York, made their way to Iowa, settled in Benton County, and remained there 18 months. They moved to Marshall County, Iowa, and remained there until the spring of 1880.
Mr. Collin purchased a farm of 80 acres in Ida County, Silver Creek Township, Iowa. He broke the sod and improved the land. He added land until he owned 440 acres. Fruit trees of different varieties were planted.
Jonas married in Sweden, to Johanna Segolson, who was born September 24, 1836. Nine children were born to them, two of which died in youth: Safrien, born October 14, 1860;
Anastena, born October 1, 1862 and died May 5, 1866; Gabriel, born March 24, 1865; Joel born October 28, 1867; John Alfred born April 23, 1870; Albertena born February 1, 1873; Samuel born February 14, 1875; Josephine born February 4, 1877 and died July 23, 1882; Albin born April 8, 1879.