Lee County Illinois



A.J. Larson has devoted the greater part of his life to general farming and since 1894 has resided continuously in Lee county, giving undivided attention to agricultural pursuits. He was born in Norway, November 4, 1803, and is a son of L. and Isabella Larson, who were also natives of the land of the midnight sun. The father is still living there at the age of eighty-five years, but the mother has passed away.

A.J. Larson is one of a family of seven children. He acquired a common-school education and in 1882 came to the new world, attracted by the opportunities offered on this side of the Atlantic. He located in Lee county, Illinois, where he was employed at farm labor for some years and then removed to Chicago in 1888, spending five years in that city. He afterward returned to Lee county and in 1894 began farming on his own account. He is energetic and persistent and whatever success he has attained is attributable entirely to his own labors, for he came to the United States empty-handed and by persistent energy has reached the position which he now occupies as one of the well-to-do citizens of Alto township.

In 1894 Mr. Larson was united in marriage to Miss Elsie Jameson, who was born in Lee county, Illinois, a daughter of Ole and Belinda Jameson, both of whom were natives of Norway, whence they came to America in the early '60s. The mother died in this county, but the father survives. Mrs. Larson is one of a family of three children, and by her marriage became the mother of seven children: Ida B., who acquired a normal-school education and is now engaged in teaching; Leola G.; Carl A.; Ruth E.; William H.; Hattie M.; and Oscar S. The parents attend the Lutheran church, and its teachings form the guiding spirit in their lives. Mr. Larson votes with the republican party and is now serving as assessor of Alto township. He keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day and is interested in all that pertains to general progress, being a public-spirited citizen.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens

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