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CARL JOHN CARLSON has been identified as a business man and citizen at Riverside for the past ten years. The community in that time has come to know him as a man of most engaging personality, of thorough public spirit, and with an unselfish interest in the welfare of others that is a distinguishing qualification for his present duties as deputy regional scout executive for the 12th District under the National Council Boy Scouts of America.

Mr. Carlson was born in Sweden April 20, 1879, son of Andrew J. and Marie (Ingrid) Carlson. The family came to America in 1881. His father is now living in Brockton, Massachusetts. His mother died February 10, 1922. Carl John is the oldest of nine children, all living. Three of his brothers are in Riverside, William Louis, Arthur C. and Oscar E.

Carl J. Carlson acquired his early education in the public schools of Brockton, Massachusetts, and on leaving that city came direct to Riverside in 1912. During the first two years he was in business as a grocery merchant, then for a year was deputy chief of police, and for four years was subscription manager of the Riverside Daily Press. In his public record he is gratefully remembered by Riverside people for the period of a little over two years he was chief of police. On October 1, 1920, he was made scout executive for Riverside County Council, Boy Scouts of America, and built up a strong organization in every part of the county. On March 1, 1922, he was transferred from the local work by the National Council to become deputy regional executive of the 12th District, consisting of the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and the Hawaiian Islands.

Mr. Carlson is a member of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, is on the board of the Humane Society, is a republican in politics, one of the Official Board of the First Methodist Episcopal Church is a member of the Kiwanis Club and is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Both he and Mrs. Carlson are accomplished musicians. He has contributed to local musical activities as a singer, while Mrs. Carlson is an expert pianist.

He married Leora H. Upp, a native of Havana, Illinois, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Upp, who live at Riverside with their daughter. Mrs. Carlson is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church and the Rebekahs. They have one daughter, Genevieve Ingrid Carlson, now five years old. Mr. Carlson by his first wife who died January 1, 1912, has a son, Bela Keith Carlson, now fifteen years of age, an Eagle Scout and a high school student.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011