Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/11/2009 at 16:10:58
Charles Rosen is engaged in the harness and saddlery business in Ogden and is controlling an extensive trade, his business having gradually increased until it has now assumed extensive proportions for a town of this size. Mr Rosen is a native of Sweden, his birth having there occurred November 17, 1851. His father, Carl Carlson, has always lived in Sweden. He was a laborer and farmer and is, at the age of seventy-eight years, living retir4ed from business cares. Our subject and two of his brothers came to America and one brother is now serving as town clerk of Ogden.
The year 1870 witnessed the arrival of Charles Rosen in the new world. He made his way direct across the country to Des Moines and there borrowed money in order to continued his journey to Lost Grove, Iowa, where he worked on a farm for six months. On the expiration of that period he went to Boone, where he began working at the harness makerís trade in the employ of Oscar Nelson with whom he remained for six months, but on account of the failure of his employer he was left with only ten cents in his pocket. He then began working for six dollars per month and later was paid seven dollars, then eventually eight dollars per month. All this time he was in the employ of a harness maker. Subsequently he was paid fifty dollars per month and later he had charge of the harness shop in Ogden, continuing to serve in that capacity form 1875 until 1897. On the death of his employer, Mr Rosen then purchased the stock and has since carried on business with excellent success. His store is well supplied with a general line of harness, saddlery, robes of all kinds and four fur coats, his stock being the largest in the town. He employs four practical harness makers, who are kept busy all of the time in the manufacture and repair of harness They do all kinds of leather work and the products of the shop are of such excellent grade and the business methods of the house so honorable that Mr Rosen has secured a very liberal patronage.
In 1878 was celebrated the marriage of our subject and Miss Augusta Rundberg of Sweden, a daughter of John Rundberg, who is engaged in the furniture an embalming business in Ogden. Four children have been born of their union, but Lillian E is now deceased. Walter M is engaged in clerking in the State Bank in Ogden and Edna and Clarence R are at home. Mr Rosen owns a very fine home in the eastern part of the town and it is a favorite resort of the many friends of himself and wife. In his political views he is a stanch Republican and takes a very active interest in the work of the party. He served as a member of the city council for nine years and for six years has been a member of the school board. He and his wife attend the Mission church of which Mrs Rosen is a member. Since coming to the new world our subject ahs prospered in his business affairs and although he began life there in very limited financial circumstances he has steadily worked his way upward an the success that never fails to crown earnest and honest labor ins now his.
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