BLOMBERG, Charles F.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, p 531
Charles F. BLOMBERG, Superintendent of the Union Furniture Factory of Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], one of the leading and largest enterprises of the city, is a gentleman whose abilities and sound judgment have no equal in this line. He was a promoter of the enterprise and is now a Director and large stockholder of the same. He is also a stockholder in the Chair and Furniture Factory, a stockholder and Director in the Mantel and Furniture Factory, and a stockholder in the Royal Sewing Machine Company. He is one of the successful and representative Swedes of Rockford, and is highly respected both in social and business circles. Sine 1876 he has been identified with the furniture factories of the city, and especially with the Union, which was organized in that year.
In 1874 Mr. BLOMBERG came to this country from Wester Gothland Province, Sweden, where he was born on 26 Dec 1850. As he grew to manhood he learned the cabinet maker's trade under his father, John ANDERSON, who was a skilled workman. The latter remained in his native land all his life, and died when 65 years of age. He was a man well respected, and a member of the State Church, as was also his wife, whose maiden name was Brighta SWESEN. She died in her native province when 55 years of age. They were the parents of six children, all now living, and all married: Sophia, now Mrs. JOHNSON, resides in Sweden; August A., a farmer of Sweden; Clause A., a farmer and carpenter of Sweden; Charles F., our subject; Emma, wife of Mr. NORSTRON, resides near Belvidere, Boone County [IL], and Lotta, wife of A. BARGSTROM, resides in Rockford.
Charles F. BLOMBERG is the founder of the family in America. He left his native soil on 17 Jul 1874, and made his appearance in Rockford, IL, on 06 Aug 1874. On 14 Sep 1875 he wedded Miss Christina J. JASPERSON, a native of Wester Gothland Province, Sweden, born 12 Nov 1848, and a lady possessing many virtues. She came to this country in 1872 with her father and brother. The former, Jasper CARLSON, was born 17 Oct 1820, and is now 72 years of age. He makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. BLOMBERG, and is a member of the Lutheran Church. His wife died in Sweden in 1871, when past 56 years of age. She was also a Lutheran in belief.
Mrs. BLOMBERG's brother, Professor John JASPERSON, is a graduate of R. I. Augustana College, and is now at the head of that institution. He is also a minister of some note, and carried on his ministerial duties in Burlington [Kane County, IL?] for three years. Mrs. BLOMBERG has another brother, Charles JASPERSON, who is in the employ of J. G. CHICK. She has three sisters in this country: Mrs. Johanna ROMAN, of Rockford; Mrs. Lottie FRIEBERG, also of Rockford; and Mrs. Mary LIDEN, of IA.
Mr. and Mrs. BLOMBERG are the parents of five children, only one now living, Clause E., a bright boy 16 years old, who is attending the public schools. Those deceased are: Helga O., Albin, and two infants. Mr. BLOMBERG is identified with the Republican party in politics, and he and his wife are members of the First Lutheran Church.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.