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Biography of Charles G. Anderson

Charles G. Anderson. Prosperity in capital letters and all its meanings belongs to Charles G. Anderson of Falun, Saline County. Every one in that section knows Mr. Anderson and he knows everybody. He had spent nearly fifty years there. He is a very successful farmer and stockman and is the type of man who does not keep all his success to himself. His father came to Saline County in pioneer times, accumulated a splendid estate, but though indebted to his father’s enterprise Charles G. Anderson had really earned all that he had and probably would have been equally prosperous if he had started without a cent from anybody. He had that quality of enterprise in him. Mr. Anderson was born at Smolan, Sweden, July 14, 1860, and came to America with his parents when he was a small boy of about eight years. He is a son of L. G. and Caroline G. (Olson) Anderson, both of whom deserve mention as early pioneers of Saline County. His father was born in Sweden January 6, 1807, and died at Falun, Kansas, January 15, 1911. He came to America in 1869, and acquired a tract of Government land in Falun Township. That land, with much more which came gradually into his ownership, he occupied and made fruitful until old age came upon him. He was one of the most active members of the Swedish Lutheran Church and one of the organizers of the old Salemsburg Church. He and his wife had seven children, and all of them are living except one. The third in age, Charles G. Anderson, had very few...

Biography of Swan M. Carlson

Swan M. Carlson. Saline County lost one of its most capable citizens and one of its best known pioneers in the death of the late Swan M. Carlson, who had come to the vicinity of the present Town of Falun more than forty-five years ago and had become successful and prominent in that locality long before the accidental death which took him from his family and friends. Mr. Carlson was born in Christala Parish in Sweden December 31, 1850, a son of Carl M. and Anna (Erickson) Carlson. In 1869 the Carlson family immigrated to America. Carl Carlson took up a timber claim near the present Town of Falun in Saline County, and by his hard work in developing that claim he contributed something of value to the permanent prosperity of the county. Carl Carlson was born in Sweden in 1819 and died at Smolan, Kansas, in 1897. His wife was born in 1821 and died at Smolan, Kansas, in 1891. Of their five children, four sons and one daughter, two are now deceased. The late Swan Carlson was only nineteen years of age when he came to America. In the meantime he had acquired his early education in his native tongue, and he found himself among friends and fellow countrymen in Kansas. He soon found work during the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, and for nine years was engaged chiefly in railroad labor. In the meantime, at the age of twenty-one, he took a homestead two miles north of the present Town of Falun. That farm was his place of residence the rest of his life. Many...

Biography of John Englund

John Englund practically grew up from early boyhood on a farm in Saline County, and instead of going to some distant city he took the opportunities which were right at his door and had become financially independent as well as a citizen of wide esteem in the locality which he had known and which had known him for upwards of half a century. Mr. Englund was born at Smolan, Sweden, May 5, 1858. That province sent many of its sturdy men and women to Saline County in the early days, and the Englund family did their full share in making this country blossom as the rose. Mr. Englund is a son of Peter S. and Anna C. (Swenson) Englund. His father was born in 1832 and died at Falun, Kansas, in 1889. It was in 1869 that he brought his family to America, and after one year spent in Henry County, Illinois, he journeyed out to the large Swedish colony in Saline County. Here he homesteaded a tract of Government land in Washington Township and made that the scene of his progressive farming enterprise until his death. He was always very active in the Swedish Lutheran Church. In 1855, in his native country, Peter Englund married Miss Anna Swenson, a daughter of C. J. Swenson. She was born in Sweden-in 1839 and died in Kansas in 1904. They were the parents of thirteen children. The names of the four now deceased were August, Selma, Matilda and Selma, second. The nine surviving children are John, Ida, Christine, Clara, Emma, Lena, August, Nathaniel and William. John Englund was eleven years of...

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