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Samuel Sundberg


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/20/2010 at 15:01:00

Samuel Sundberg belongs to the younger generation of successful farmers of Boone county, owning 85 aces of choice land on section 18, Garden township, splendidly improved with a modern set of substantial buildings. He not only follows general farming but gives much attention to stock raising and keeps a high grade of live stock on his farm. His parents, J H and Anna L (Peterson) Sundberg, were natives of Sweden. The father emigrated to the United States in 1870, being joined the following year by his wife and children in the new world. They resided in Chicago until 1878, when they came to Boone county, Iowa, locating at Madrid. After one year’s residence here they removed to Polk county but later returned to Madrid. The mother died august 20, 1891, the father surviving her until April 9, 1908. The had five children: Andrew M a successful furniture dealer of Madrid, Mrs Matilda Lundahl, who also resides in that city, Oscar of Madrid, Samuel of this review and Anna who makes her hoe in Madrid. The three oldest children were born in Sweden and the younger ones in Chicago.
Samuel Sundberg was born in Chicago, Illinois June 26, 1871, and remained in that city until the fall of 1878, when the family removed to Madrid remaining there for one year. They then made their home in Polk county, until 1896. In 1900 Samuel Sundberg purchased a farm in Garden township, Boone county, comprising 85 acres on section 18. He has since made it his home and has been very successful in his agricultural endeavors. His improvements are modern and up to date and the latest machinery can be found upon the premises. Mr Sundberg gives particular attention to stock raising and keeps a high grade of animals on his place. In the course of ears he has become one of the substantial agriculturist of his neighborhood.
On September 27, 1893, Mr Sundberg married Miss Maude Westerberg, who was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, January 12, 1872, and came with her parents to Garden township, there she grew to womanhood. She is the daughter of A P and Emma (Lundahl) Anderson Westerberg, natives of Sweden. The father was born in Skarabing, Westergotland, on July 17, 1840, and when a young man of twenty-six emigrated to the United States, locating in Boone, Iowa. October 9, 1866. For nine years he was connected with the bridge building department of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway. He then bought a tract of land of 120 acres in Garden township, subsequently extending the boundaries of his farm until it embraced 200 acres. He became a substantial agriculturist and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He died in Madrid, September 22, 1909. Hs first wife having passed away on the Westerberg farm in Garden township, he subsequently married Mrs Christina Westland. By his first wife he had eight children: Mrs Maude Sundberg, A R Manager of he Madrid Electric Lighting & Power Company, Mrs Ethel Westerstrom, of Madrid, Frank who resides in Boone, Mrs Esther Krantz, of Madrid, Edwin of Longmont, Colorado, Mr Blanche Peterson of Garden township, and Zylph deceased. Mr and Mrs Sundberg have one son Carl Milton born in Garden township February 18, 1898. He attended the district schools, completing his grade work in 1914.
Mr and Mrs Sundberg are members of the Swedish Lutheran church of Madrid, which they attend regularly, Politically he is a republican and for a number of years has been a member of the board of education in Garden township, having served as treasurer of the boar for some time. He has not only attained to individual prosperity buy has been an important factor nt eh general agricultural development, having always taken a deep interest in these matters. The high standing which he enjoys among farmers and stock raisers in evident form the fact hat he at present serves as president of the Farmers Institute of Madrid, and in the past he has filled the offices of secretary and treasurer of this institution. Mr Sudnberg has many friends in garden township and Madrid, friends of long years’ standing who recognize in him a man of character whose success has been based upon honorable endeavor.

1914 Boone County History Book


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