Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, p 1101 (Portrait p 1100)
The prosperous merchant tailoring establishment at No. 310 South Main Street, Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], has been conducted by Mr. CRONWELL since 1887, and the enterprise is attended with marked success. The proprietor is a first class practical cutter and tailor, and the garments produced are remarkable for their degree of elegance of fit, quality, and durability. He is perfectly honorable in all his dealings and treats his customers with equity and fairness.
Mr. CRONWELL was born near Skane, Sweden, 23 Aug 1862, and passed his youth in his native land. In 1881 he emigrated to the U. S. with his brother August, and during the same year came to Rockford, where for a time he was engaged with a mitten company. Later he filled the position of Superintendent for the glove and mitten department of the Rockford Mitten Company. Subsequently he succeeded his brother, August CRONWELL, who is now on Seventh Street in business as a merchant tailor. Another brother, C. Alfred, who was the first of the family to come to this country, is a mechanic and resides in CA. Two other brothers, N. Ivar and Barnhardt J., are tailors in Chicago. A sister, Ida C., wife of Nils NELSON, now resides on Fourth Avenue, Rockford, and two other sisters, Selma and Hulda, are also residents of this city. There is one sister in Sweden, Esther N.
The parents of these children, Johanes and Kjersti (PEARSON) CRONWELL, are now residing in their native country, Sweden, and the father owns a large shoemaking establishment, working from four to five hands all the time. Both hold membership in the Lutheran Church.
Otto CRONWELL chose as his life companion Miss Mary ROSLIN, a native of Sweden, born 22 Oct 1862. She came to this country in 1882, to join her parents, who had crossed the ocean 16 years previously, and settled with them in Byron, Ogle County, IL. The father and mother passed away in that county. To Mr. and Mrs. CRONWELL have been born three children: Agnes V., Ruth A., and Martha. Mr. CRONWELL and his wife are well liked by all acquainted with them and are prominent young people of the city. Both are members of the Swedish Mission Church. In politics our subject advocates the principles of the Prohibition party. He has made most of his property since coming to Rockford, and aside from his business on Main Street, is the owner of a good home at No. 1013 Kishwaukee Street, besides other property on Seventh Street, one of the leading Swedish business districts in the city.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.