Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 1033-1034
A representative local enterprise is that of CARLSON & NYGREN, contractors, carpenters and builders of Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], where the firm is doing a very successful business. Our subject was originally from Kalmar, Lan, Smoland [Smaland] Province, Sweden, born 15 Dec 1856, and as he grew to manhood learned his trade in his native country. While still single, he came to the States and very soon located in Rockford, where he has won an enviable reputation as a contractor and builder. He has erected many of the finest buildings in Rockford, and is a skillful and reliable workman. He has a new residence at No. 709 Second Avenue, which is one of the many nice Swedish homes in the city, and although only a resident of Rockford since 1880, he has many warm friends. For about three years after coming to Rockford, Mr. CARLSON was in the furniture factory, and later embarked in the carpenter and contracting business.
He was married in Rockford to Miss Mary A. BENSON, also a native of Sweden, born 16 Feb 1866, and who was two years of age when she was brought by her parents to the U. S. The fruits of this union are two children, Elsie V. and Roland D. Mr. and Mrs. CARLSON are energetic, enterprising young people and are well liked in the community. Both are members of the Swedish Zion Lutheran Church and he is a Trustee of the same. In politics he is identified with the Republican party. He is a stockholder and Director in the Excelsor [Excelsior] Furniture Company and a stockholder in the Rocford Manufacturing Company.
Mr. CARLSON's father, Carl JOHNSON, and his stepmother, Ann (DANIELSON) JOHNSON, now reside in Kalmar Lan, Sweden, and are well along in [p 1034] years. The father is a carpenter and operates a sawmill in his native country. Our subject's mother died when comparatively a young woman. She was the mother of seven children, of whom our subject is the fourth in order of birth. All are members of the Lutheran Swedish Church.
Mrs. CARLSON's parents, Jonas and Johanna (PETERSON) BENSON, came to this country in 1868, and settled in Rockford, where they have a comfortable home on Sixth Street. The father is 66 years of age and the mother is 67. The former is a wood mechanic and is now with the Skandia Plow Company. Both are members of the Zion Lutheran Church. Mrs. CARLSON is the only child born of his union, although her mother, by a former marriage, had three children.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.