|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1836, Sweden|
|Death: ||Sep. 9, 1907|
The community was shocked Monday morning when the word went out that John Carlson, living southwest of town, was dead. Death came sudden, he had not been complaining at all and was apparently in the best of health. He retired Sunday night, as usual, and fell into a sleep from which he never awakened.
It was his custom to sleep late of a morning and his family thought nothing of his not getting up. One of his daughters in the course of the morning household duties passed through his room about nine o'clock and noticed that he did not look right. She immediately called other members of the family. The older brother, Fred went to the bed and called "Father" and took hold of his hand, but no response came, he had passed to the great beyond.
The neighbors were notified and Dr. Britt telephoned for immediately and the children went to work hoping to restore life. Dr. Britt arrived in a short time, but nothing could be done.
The Doctor pronounced it heart failure, he had been dead about two hours.
John Frederick Carlson was born in Lade Gordon, Tollgate, Sweden, January 11, 1836, being the youngest of a family of seven children, of whom three survive him, two sisters, residing near Wakefield, Neb. and one brother at Samoan, Kats.
He remained with his parents on the farm until twelve years of age, but the farm was not to his liking and he secured employment on the ships of the inland seas, this he followed until 24 years of age, when he came to America, landing at Boston about the time the Civil War broke out. He immediately enlisted in Uncle Sam's Navy and was assigned to the Keas and served with Admiral Dewey. He took part in the great battle with the Alabama off the coast of France. The crew of the Keas was stricken with yellow fever, but young Carlson escaped and many is the time, when he with others, was called on deck to pay the last sad rites to a comrade and push them overboard to a watery grave.
He was honorably discharged in March 1865 and went to Boston, where he took up the occupation of a shoemaker. After working at this a few years he returned to Sweden, but returned shortly and came west in 1871, stopping at Fremont, took up a homestead across the river in Saunders County.
He ran a ferry across the Platte River a number of years and one of his old friends and neighbors here, Andrew Hensley has crossed the river with him a great many time.
In October 1875 he was married to Miss Helen Camberge. To this union five children were born, three of whom are living, Fred Hayes, Josephine (Mrs. Ray Elwood) and David Linn, two dying in infancy. His wife died in February 1885.
While residing in Omaha two years later he was again married to Mrs. Mary F.D. Camberge. To this union two children were born, Pearl Adeline and Nora Violet.
Soon after his second marriage he again moved to Fremont, where he engaged in business. In 1893 he was again called upon to mourn the loss of his companionship and three years later, he and his children came to Creighton and purchased the farm southwest of town on which they were residing at the time of his death.
John Carlson was well known and highly respected, a good citizen, a splendid neighbor, always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need.
In his last years he took life easy and enjoyed the companionship of his children and his frequent visits with his sitters and brothers.
He was an honored member of WE.HE. Irwin post, GAR of Creighton and attended the meetings with his comrade the Saturday evening before his death.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Methodist Church, Rev. Thorpe preaching the sermon and was largely attended by sympathizing friends and neighbors. The GAR Post had charge of the services at the grave and the members paid their last sad tribute to their departed comrade.
Many beautiful flowers covered the casket from friends of the family, some of which might be mentioned, two beautiful wreaths from the school mates of Miss Pearl and Miss Nora, a wreath from the MWA of which Fred is a member, a beautiful emblem from his GAR Comrades and flowers from friends at Wakefield.
His brother and sisters were unable to be present at the funeral on account of advanced age and feeble health.
Extracted from: The Creighton News 13 Sept 1907
Bios contributed by Find A Grave Member #47075564
Josephine Carlson Elwood (1878 - 1966)*
Pearle A Carlson Baker (1887 - 1981)*
Note: Compiled by the Creighton Historical Center
Created by: T. Risinger
Record added: Jun 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92545219