Submitted by Marrie Miller
Every land has contributed of its best and most serviceable elements to build up and develop the great Northwest of the United States, and from none has come a more thrifty, more industrious, more law-abiding or more progressive people than from the land of Gustavus Adolphus and Charles the Twelfth, the land of manly spirit and intellectual progress, the land of frugality and industry, fair Sweden that basks in the radiance of the midnight sun. Among those of our citizens of Swedish nativity August Erickson, of near Inyankara, a prosperous and progressive farmer and stockman on Canyon Springs Prairie, twenty miles south of Sundance, has made a lasting impression on the community in which he lives and secured a firm hold on the esteem and confidence of its people. He was born at Stockholm, Sweden, on November 8, 1857, the son of Lars Erickson, and lost his mother by death when he was but a child. He remained with his father until he was fourteen years old, attending school and learning what he could of men and life by observation, at that age being apprenticed to a stonemason of Stockholm, and after reaching his majority worked at the trade there for fourteen years. In 1892 he came to America, and after making a visit to his brother in Kansas and working at his trade for a short time in Kansas City, removed to Wyoming, where he was employed as a mason by Kilpatrick Bros & Collins for a year and a half. He then settled at Inyankara and worked at his trade in that vicinity until 1895 when he took up the ranch on which he now lives and conducts a profitable enterprise in farming and raising stock, and here Mr. Erickson has not only redeemed a goodly portion of the virgin soil of Wyoming from its wild condition and making it to smile with the white harvests of peace and plenty, but has given an example of sterling manhood, zealous industry and fidelity to duty which has made him a potential force for good in the community. He was married on March 3, 1883, at Stockholm, Sweden, with Miss Annie Johnson, also a native of Sweden, where for generations her forefathers were among the productive elements of a progressive civilization. Four children have blessed their union, Eric, August, Oscar and Louis. The family render allegiance to the- Lutheran church in religious affiliation and in politics Mr. Erickson is an unfaltering Democrat.
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