Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 1162-1163
Knut BELTING, a successful dealer in real estate, is a gentleman of thorough experience in that line, both as a means of speculation and permanent investment. He came to Rockford [Winnebago County, IL] in 1882, established a cigar store and news stand on a capital of $20, was very successful, and his valuation at the present time is $10,000. He owns a fine double business house with flats above, at the conrner of 14th Avenue and 9th Street, also some good residence property, and has in process a new business building fronting on 14th Street, where he owns 17 valuable lots, all in a growing part of the city. Mr. BELTING is a man full of energy and business, and his prospects for the future are very bright. He owns stock in the Rockford Manufacturing Company, was a promoter of the Skandia Exchange, and is a public spirited enterprising citizen.
Mr. BELTING was born near Skona, Sweden, 26 Oct 1854, attained his growth there, and was engaged as an employee in a grain dealing establishment at Helsingborg, where he remained for a number of years. Subsequently, he went to Stockholm, where for a number of years he was superintendent of the largest bakery of that place, it being the one that baked the bread for the royal family. He was thus engaged for four years, and then became a commission merchant. He met with much success, but the collapse came, and he with others lost all. One month later he concluded to [p 1163] try his fortune in a new country, and in 1882 he sailed for the U. S., landing in Philadelphia in May 1882. From there he went to Chicago [Cook County], IL, and thence to MI a few months later; after a short experience in lumber camps of that State, he came to Rockford, where he started in the tobacco and news dealer business, as above mentioned. He is a self made man, and all his accumulations are the result of hard work and perseverance on his part. He is the only member of his family now in this country, and has no relatives here on either side.
His father, Carl BELTING, died in Sweden in 1875, but the mother is still living on the old home place in her native country, and is now over 60 years of age. She has been a lifelong member of the State Church, and her husband was also a devout member of that church. She has four children in Sweden, two sons and two daughters: Nils, marrried, is a dry goods merchant; Rev. Eric, a preacher in the Lutheran Baptist Church, single; Johanna, wife of Manges LICHTIE, who is Principal in the High School at Lund; and Botilda, single, at home.
Our subject selected his wife in the person of Miss Hilda C. PALMGREN, a native of Sweden, born in 1862, and there nuptials were celebrated in that country. She is the only one of her family to come the U. S. Their union has been blessed by the birth of four children: Elvira V., Edwin B., Knut, and Harold.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.