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Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 895-896

Carl E. CARLSON is but a late resident of Rockford, yet is a well known real estate, loan, and insurance agent of the city.  He was born in the Province of Halland, Sweden, 24 Jul 1858, and is the only surviving child of Carl and Fredericka (HARD) CARLSON.  His mother is descended from from a titled family.  His father, who was born 16 Oct 1822, is a contractor and builder.  Both are yet living, the mother being 75 years of age.   They are prominent members of the Swedish Lutheran Church.

Our subject spent the days of his boyhood and youth in his native land, where he learned the trade of a machinist, there following it until his emigration to the U. S.  After attaining his majority he sailed for NY City, and thence went to PA, afterward coming to Rockford, where his brother, Professor M. E. CARLSON, was living.  The latter was a graduate of a musical conservatory in his native country and served for five years as a Professor in the Royal Conservatory.  On coming to this country, he took charge of the musical department in the Gustavus Adolphus College, of St. Peter [Nicollet County], MN, which position he held until 1889, when he came to Rockford.  His death occurred on 04 Aug 1890.  His wife had died some years previous, leaving one son, Carl G. M. CARLSON, who has been adopted by our subject.

C. E. CARLSON was married in the land of his nativity to Christian ANDERSON, who spent her maidenhood days in Sweden, where he mother is yet living at the age of 67 years.  Her father, Andrew ANDERSON, is deceased.  She has one sister in this country, Mrs. Anna FOSTBERG, who is living in Manistee [Manistee County], MI.  Unto Mr. and Mrs. CARLSON have been born three children:  Emma J., Clara L. and Annett P.  The parents are both members of the Swedish Methodist Church, in which he holds office and is also Superintendent of the Sunday school.  In politics he is a supporter of Republican principles.

It was in 1885 that Mr. CARLSON came to Rockford.  He had previously resided for a short time in Sheffield [Warren County], PA.  On coming to this city, he engaged in business as a contractor and builder, being a practical architect, but has later given his attention to the real estate, loan and insurance business.  He has a commodious and fine office over the American Exchange Bank, on Seventh Street.  For four years he has been engaged in this line and has built up an excellent business, having since coming to Rockford made a handsome property, worth about $40,000.  He also owns an interest in the Rock River Subdivision, containing 120 acres of platted ground, on which will be built the Rock River Planing Mill.  The company has a capital stock of $50,000 and Mr. CARLSON has been its Treasurer from its organization.  He also owns stock in the Rockford Desk and Furniture Company, Star Furniture Company, Diamond Furniture Company, West End Furniture Company, Skandia Shoe Company, Rockford Paint Manufacturing Company, and others, and has been Director in a number of these enterprises.  Those who know Mr. CARLSON esteem him highly for his sterling worth, and he has a wide [p 896] circle of acquaintances.  He has steadily worked his way upward, and his own efforts have been the stepping stones by which he has arisen to the enviable position which he today occupies.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.