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Title: Andrew P. Carlson
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To a great extent the prosperity of the agricultural sections of our great country is due to the honest industry, the sturdy perseverance and the wise economy which so prominently characterizes the foreign element, both those who have come direct from the European nations and their American-born children. All will agree, after so much as a cursory glance over our forty-eight states, that they have entered very largely into our population. By comparison with their "old country" surroundings, these people have readily recognized the fact that in the United States lie the greatest opportunities for the man of energy and ambition. Because of this many have broken the ties of home and native land and have entered earnestly upon the task of gaining in the new world a home and a competence. Among this class was the late Andrew P. Carlson, of Warren township, Warren county, Indiana, who was not disappointed in the fruition of his hopes and who, because of the splendid life he lived here, earned the respect and esteem of all who knew him.

Andrew P. Carlson was born in Smoland, Sweden, and there received his education. In young manhood he emigrated to the United States, 1865 being the year of his arrival, and he came direct to Attica, Indiana, where a brother, Edward, was living. This brother was a mechanic and Andrew, who had worked some at the blacksmith trade in his old country home, was employed in a similar manner here for a time. Later he secured work on a farm. He was industrious and economical and he thus managed to save enough money with which to buy one hundred and twenty acres of land, where the present home now stands, it being located about two and a half miles north of Attica. To this he later added by purchase forty acres, and still later eighty acres more, making altogether one of the best farms in this section of Warren county. It is all good farm land and has been maintained at a high standard of excellence, its fertility never haing been impaired by neglect or careless inattention to the proper rotation of crops. Mr. Carlson was a careful and industrious farmer and was not slow to adopt the best methods of conducting his operations, so that he was enabled to reap abundant returns for his labor.

Mr. Carlson was united in marriage to Lottie Carlson, and to them have been born the following children: Emil, at home; Otto; Clint, who is engaged with Emil in operating a threshing machine, having a traction engine and all other necessary adjuncts to that line of work; he married Cora Smith, who is now deceased, and they had three children, Earl, Florence and Francis; Elmer is at home, as are Axel and Elsie.

Politically, Mr. Carlson was a stanch adherent of the Republican party, to which he gave earnest support. His religious membership was with the Lutheran church, the church of his family in Sweden. Mr. Carlson always manifested excellent busness judgment and was an indefatigable worker, consequently he made a success of his life work and at the same time won and held the confidence and good will of a host of warm personal friends. The home ties were strong with him and he reared a family to respectable positions in life.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001133
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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