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Oscar and Grace Ringgenberg Carlson

Carl A. Johanson and Maria Johnson Johanson were the parents of Alfred Edward Carlson, who was born March 18, 1866, in Ostergotland, Sweden. Charles Swanson and Caroline Peterson Swanson were the parents of Emma Josephine Swanson, born December 22, 1875, in Garden Township, Boone County, Iowa. Alfred Edward Carlson came to America when he was 21 years old, in 1887. His brother, Oscar, came two years before, in 1885. He borrowed $100 from a friend so his brother could buy passage to America. None of the other members of the family came to the United States. Alfred and Oscar settled in Boone County. Alfred's first job was butchering for the Bengtson Brothers Meat Market, in Madrid. On January 19, 1893, Alfred Edward Carlson and Emma Josephine Swanson were married. They became the parents of seven children: Oscar Edward; Minnie Celia; Alma Amelia; Alvin Rudolph; Arthus; Edna, and Ellen Ruth.

Oscar Edward Carlson was born March 3, 1894, in Garden Township. On January 12, 1921, he married Grace Alberta Ringgenberg, born March 25, 1900. They were farmers in the Madrid area, and parents of seven living children: Irene; Marvin; Evelyn; Margaret; Gerald; Doris; and Donna. An infant daughter, Janice, died at birth.

Oscar served during World War I in France, and is a member of the American Legion. Grace passed away January 12, 1980, and Oscar lives on a farm one half mile east of Luther.

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