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Charles J. Nordstrom

CHARLES J. NORDSTROM is one of the successful and reliable farmers of Diamond Township.  He was born in Sweden, October 13, 1850, and is a son of Peter Johnson, called in the Swedish language Yudnsen.  On coming to this country and finding Johnson such a common name they decided to adopt another, and selected that of Nordstrom.  The mother's name was Grata Lesa Caulson. The father is now making his  home with Charles, and the mother died in De Kalb County, Illinois, where the family settled on coming to America in 1869, and where they resided seven years.  Of a family of five children but two are now living:  Charles J. and John C.  The latter was born June 14, 1853.  Coming to the United States in 1869 Charles was nineteen years of age; the family being in depressed circumstances financially, it was necessary for him to work at whatever presented itself; during the years spent in Illinois he was at work by the month or year, and was employed in digging wells.  In 1876 the brothers came to Cherokee County and jointly purchased one-half of section 29, Diamond Township, and at once began making a permanent home.  They have ever since given every effort to the improvement of their farms, and their labors have been crowned with success, as each one owns a fine body of land lying within the fertile Maple Valley, the choicest land in the State of Iowa.  Charles has 400 acres and John 440.  They both deal extensively in stock and keep the best grades of improved cattle and hogs.  Charles J. was married in 1877 to Miss Mary Lindberg, and this union has been blessed with four children:  Sophia V., Frank, Andrew and Edna Cecelia.  John C. was united in marriage July 29, 1882, to Miss Anna Larson, of Alta, Iowa.  Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Nordstrom: Oscar Theodore and Dorothea.

 Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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