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Erik Dalander

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Erik Eriksson (Dalander) was born in Vasterlosa Parish, Ostergotland, Sweden, on November 25, 1814, the oldest son of Erik Eriksson and Anna Larsdotter (Dalander). In 1849, Erik married Anna Christina Jacobsdotter Nelson, who was born about 1820. She was the daughter of Jacob Nilsson (Nelson) and Anna Brita Carlsdotter. They were the parents of one son, John Jacob Dalander, born in Swede Point on September 1, 1850. Anna Christina died in childbirth.

Erik remarried on October 22, 1852, to Eva Elizabeth Svensdotter (Swanson). Eva was the daughter of Sven Svensson, a crofter, and Margareta Larsdotter. Eva was born in Ulrika Parish, Ostergotland, Sweden, on April 11, 1836.

Erik grew to manhood in Sweden, and, in 1846, while he was living in Asmestad in Slaka Parish, Ostergotland, he received his passport to emigrate with his mother's party. The group set sail from Goteborg on the "Augusta" in May, 1846, and arrived in New York City on August 12, 1846. From there, they traveled to Swede Point to Boone County, arriving in September of that same year.

In 1849, Erik and his brothers, Sven and Lars Peter, bought the Northeast Quarter of Section 35, of Douglas Township for $1.25 per acre.

The first lumber mill in Swede Point was built by Erik, his brothers, and C. J. Cassel in 1855. Two years later, they sold it, and it was moved to Dallas County. In 1857, the same men built the first steam flouring mill in the county, which they operated until 1868, when they sold it, and it was moved to Boone.

In 1868, Erik moved to his 280-acre farm in Section 23 of Douglas Township, two miles northwest of Madrid, where he lived the remainder of his life. Erik had become a naturalized citizen in 1856, according to the census of that year. He and Eva were charter members of St. John's Lutheran Church in Madrid from its official founding on October 18, 1859.

They were the parents of the following children:

1. Anna Mathilda Dalander, born in Swede Point on August 6, 1853, and died in Madrid on January 7, 1938. She was married to Nels A. Nelson.

2. Clara Dalander, born February 4, 1856, and died in June of 1858.

3. Clara Dalander, born in Swede Point on November 25, 1858, and died in Madrid in September, 1912. She was married to Abraham T. Jacobson.

4. Caroline Dalander, born in Swede Point on October 18, 1861, and died in Madrid on March 15, 1939. She was the wife of A. M. Sundberg.

5. Eric Peter Dalander, born in Swede Point on July 11, 1864, and died in Turlock, California on March 15, 1937. He was married to Alma Louisa Anderson.

6. Sven Albert Dalander was born in Swede Point December 1, 1866, and died in Escalon, California on March 6, 1952. He was married to Amanda Anderson.

7. Charles August Dalander, born in Swede Point on July 11, 1869, and died in Des Moines on April 12, 1906. He was married to Julia Smith.

8. Zachariah Winfield Dalander was born in Swede Point on January 20, 1872, and died in Madrid on June 13, 1947. He never married.

9. Minnie Marie Dalander was born in Swede Point on January 19, 1876, and died in Escalon, California on April 17, 1951. She was the wife of Henry Hanson. Erik Dalander died in Madrid on January 29, 1893, and Eva died in Madrid October 8, 1917. Both are buried in the Dalander Cemetery, near their old farm home.

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