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ERICKSON, John E. & Amanda A. - 1912 Bios (1854-1929) & (1860-1934)


Posted By: Debbie Nash - Volunteer (email)
Date: 3/18/2005 at 12:03:42

From the “History of Jefferson County, Iowa” – 1912, Volume II
Pages 282-283


“John E. and Amanda A. ERICKSON, who own one of the attractive homes of Lockridge township, were both born in Sweden, the former on the 4th of January, 1854, and the latter on February 24, 1860. They are the children of Charles M. and Christina (ECKLAND) ERICKSON, natives of Sweden, where the father was engaged in farming. In 1869 the family emigrated to the United States, locating in Burlington, Des Moines county, Iowa, where Mr. ERICKSON engaged in carpentry work for about five years. In 1874 they came to Jefferson county, settling in Lockridge township where the father purchased sixty acres of unimproved land. In the cultivation of this property he met with such excellent success that he was later able to purchase an adjoining tract of seventy-two acres, making the aggregate of his holdings one hundred and thirty-two acres. Here the parents continued to reside until their death, the mother passing away on November 19th, 1892, and the father on the 29th of June, 1898.

The childhood and early youth of John E. and Amanda A. ERICKSON were spent in their native land, where they also obtained the major portion of their education, the course therein pursued being supplemented by further study in the public schools of Des Moines and Jefferson counties. They remained at home with their parents until their death, after which the farm came into their possession. Their habits of thrift and capable management enabled them to acquire the means to warrant their retirement from active life in 1909, so they sold one hundred and twenty-five acres of their land, and upon the remaining seven erected a fine, modern residence, barn and other outbuildings. Neither of them having married they have made their home together since the death of the parents.

They both affiliate with the Lutheran church and in matters politic Mr. ERICKSON votes with the republican party. Both are widely and favorably known in the community where they have resided for the past thirty-seven years, and number among its citizens many loyal friends.”

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


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