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Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 490-493

John A. BRANDSTROM, who is engaged in the boot and shoe business at No. 630 Seventh Street, Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], claims Sweden as the land of his nativity.   He was born 10 Sep 1861, and is a son of John and Mary (PETERSON) BRANDSTROM, both of whom are still living in the Old Country and are now past the age of 80 years.   They hold membership with the Lutheran Church.  They had several children, those who came to this country being Charles G., who is now in business with our subject, and three sisters:  Amanda, now Mrs. BORG, of this city; Hulda, now Mrs. LINDBURG; and Anna, who lives with her eldest sister.

Our subject spent his boyhood days under the parental roof, and when 13 yeasrs of age began serving an apprenticeship to the trade of a shoemaker, which he has followed throughout his entire life.  He was the first of his family to cross the Atlantic and seek a home in the New World.  He sailed to America in the month of April, 1882.   He came at once to the West, locating in Oregon [Ogle County], IL, where he spent two years, after which he came to Rockford in 1884.  He began work in this city as a shoemaker until April 1889, when he established his present store at No. 630 Seventh Street.  He occupies a storeroom, 40x50 feet, and has it well stocked with a good grade of boots and shoes.

A marriage ceremony was performed in Rockford on 28 Oct 1884 united Mr. BRANDSTROM and Miss Gustava ANDERSON, who is a native of the same province of Sweden as her husband.   Her father was a Swedish soldier and died in that country in the prime of life.   Her mother is still living in Sweden and has passed her 60th birthday.  She is a member of the Lutheran Church, to which her husband also belonged.  [p 493]   In the family was one son, who resides in this country; August, a farmer living in Ogle County, and a sister, Matilda, makes her home in Rockford.

Three children grace the union of Mr. and Mrs. BRANDSTROM, a son and two daughters:   Ellen T., D. J. Henry, and Esther A.  The parents both belong to the Swedish Lutheran Church, and in politics our subject is an independent Republican.  Since he established his business in 1889, he has built up a good trade and is now enjoying a well-deserved patronage.  He is recognized as one of the successful Swedish merchants of the city and ranks deservedly high in business circles.  In connection with his boot and shoe store, he is interested in the Rockford Manufacturing Company, which has a capital of $200,000, owning five shares of stock in the same.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.