John Oscar Westerlund was born in 1866 in Henry County, Ill., near
Orion. His grandfather, Eric Westerlund, came to Ill. with his
family from Helsingland, Sweden. They lost a son on the way over.
Westerlund was married to Emily Amanda Magnuson, who was born in
1864. They moved to Iowa in 1902 and bought a farm 5 ½ miles
southeast of Elliott. They had five daughters. The youngest, Alice,
was born in Iowa. The children were all raised on this farm, and it
was in the family until 1973.
were: Geneva Jensen, Doris and Alice, all deceased; Ruby Giltner of
Mesa, Ariz., and Mildred DeWitt of Elliott.
Westerlund passed away in 1942 and his wife Emily in 1949. They are
buried in Red Oak, where they then lived, along with their
daughters, Doris who passed away in 1921, and Alice who passed away