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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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John Samuelson.

John Samuelson owns one hundred and twenty acres of land on section 35, Orient township, which comprises his home farm, and also holds title to eighty acres in Union county, this state.  He was born in Sweden on the 18th of January, 1846, and is a son of Samuelson and Christina Samuelson, both of whom were born in Sweden, where they passed their entire lives.  To them were born five children, of whom three survive.

John Samuelson was reared under the parental roof and acquired his education in the public schools.  In 1868, when twenty-two years of age, he left his native land and crossed the Atlantic to the United States.  He continued his journey westward and located in Creston, Iowa.  For nineteen years he engaged in railroading, being an engineer in the employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad.  In 1888 he turned his attention to farming and took up his residence on his present home farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Orient township, Adair county.  He also owns an eighty acre tract in Union county, Iowa.  He gives the greater part of his attention to raising and feeding stock for the market, but also raises some grain.  He has met with gratifying success and ranks with the efficient and progressive agriculturists of his township.

In March, 1878, Mr. Samuelson was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Johnson, who is also a native of Sweden.  Her parents, Eric and Mary Johnson, were born in that country and there passed their entire lives.  They had eight children, of whom six survive.  To Mr. and Mrs. Samuelson have been born two children:  John E., deceased;  and Roy, who has assumed the greater part of the responsibility in the operation of the homestead.  He married Miss May Morcomb, a native of Minnesota and a daughter of Wallace and Mary Morcomb, both of whom are still living in that state.  To this union has been born a son, Frank L.

Mr. Samuelson of this review is a republican, but although he has always manifested a citizen's interest in public affairs, he has never desired to hold office.  Both he and his wife are communicants of the Lutheran church and do all in their power to further its work.  Mr. Samuelson has never had occasion to regret coming to this country, for here he has found opportunities, the utilization of which has enabled him to win financial independence.



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