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BRIGHT, Gustaf A. - 1912 Bio (1844-1929)


Posted By: Debbie Nash (email)
Date: 12/17/2003 at 18:41:00

From the History of Jefferson County - 1912, Volume II
Pages 332-335


“Gustaf A. Bright, a native of Sweden, is one of the enterprising and successful agriculturists of Lockridge township, Jefferson county, Iowa. Born February 16, 1844, he was the son of Peter and Anna (ANDERSON) BRIGHT, both natives of Sweden. His father was a carpenter by trade and remained in his own country all his life. He died in 1879. His mother died December 20, 1901, having attained the remarkable age of ninety-nine years.

Gustaf A. BRIGHT enjoyed the advantages of the education afforded by the common schools of his native locality in Sweden. On finishing he did not follow his father’s occupation but entered service as hired farm help and during the last three years of his residence in Sweden he farmed for himself. In 1876 he bade farewell to his parents and kin, departing with stout heart for fields of new endeavor in America. His destination was Jefferson county, Iowa, where he worked as a farm hand for two years. He then rented a farm and operated this for a period of twelve years. In 1890 he bought a tract of sixty-three and a half acres in Lockridge township, which he set about improving, and this he has operated with excellent results continuously since that time.

In 1872, while still a hired man in Sweden, Mr. BRIGHT was united in marriage to Miss Charlotta JOHNSON, a daughter of John and Eliza JOHNSON of Sweden. Her father was a farmer and farmed for himself until his death in 1857. Her mother died in 1874.

Mrs. BRIGHT’s life came to a sudden close April 18, 1899. She was the mother of six children, namely: Anna C., the wife of John SAMUELSON, a farmer in Wisconsin; Hulda C., living at home; Emma E., the wife of A. G. EDMUND, a farmer in Wisconsin; Amanda, the wife of Edward LINDERSON, a banker in Barnesville, Minnesota; Carl A., who died May 1, 1899; and Esther, who died in December, 1880.

Politically Mr. BRIGHT votes with the republican party and gives his active support to every movement of progress and reform. He worships in the Lutheran church accompanied by his daughter Hulda who is devoted to her father and whose kind ministrations help to soften for him the edge of the loneliness that comes with waning years.”

I am copying this for genealogical purposes and am not related to said individuals.


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