O. C. Lund

This biographical portrait is found in the "Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington, Clay, and Riley Counties, Kansas"; Chicago; Chapman Bros; 1890, pg. 625.; located in the KANSAS Room at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library. The Kansas Collection Librarian is Georgia Slaughter at gslaug@kckpl.lib.ks.us . The Inter-Library Loan librarian is Joan Gandert at gandert@kckpl.lib.ks.us

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Jackson Township, Riley County, is largely indebted to its intelligent Swedish population for its present prosperity. They were among the first to open up its prairie lands from which they have constructed fertile farms, and have become a well-informed and highly-respected portion of the population. Foremost in his community is the subject of this notice - a man of more than ordinary intelligence, liberal and public-spirited, and remarkably hospitable, both to his friends and the strangers who pass within his doors. He owns a fine farm, 353 acres in extent, occupying a portion of sections 4 and 9, the residence being on section 9.

Mr. Lund was born near Skaane, Christianstadsland, Sweden, 29 December 1843, and remained on his father's farm until a man of twenty-six years. Then, not being satisfied with his condition or his prospects, he set out for America on an ocean steamer bound from Liverpool to Quebec, whence he proceeded directly to Princeton, Ill. There he entered the employ of the Burlington & Missouri Railroad Company, track-laying through Iowa to Lincoln, Neb. In the meantime, he, the following year, 1870, came to Riley County and homesteaded 160 acres of land on the high prairies along Swede Creek. He made improvements as time and opportunity permitted, at the same time holding his situation with the railroad company.

In 1876 Mr. Lund sold his homestead claim and emigrated by rail and steamer to Oregon, and the first year there engaged in a brick yard. Later he resumed farming and remained there two years. In the meantime he became dissatisfied with the six months' rain in that region, so returned to Kansas, and in 1879 purchased 160 acres of his present farm. This was partially improved, and under the careful management of Mr. Lund it has advanced in value as well as in extent. The estate is finely located between and on both sides of Faney and Walnut creeks, where there is a fine growth of timber, from which Mr. Lund ships considerable wood to Marysville. This is considered one of the best stock farms in Riley County for its size, and Mr. Lund makes a specialty of high grade Short-horn cattle, keeping usually about fifty head of these and eight head of draft horses. He uses two teams in the operation of the farm.

After coming to Riley County, Mr. Lund was married at the bride's home in Jackson Township, December 25, 1873, to Miss Martha, daughter of Andres Peterson, who was born in Dahaland, Sweden, in 1820. The paternal grandfather, also named Peter, was likewise of Swedish birth and ancestry, and a farmer by occupation, as was his son, Andres. The latter owned two farms, but gave the old homestead to his sister in consideration of taking care of the parents. He emigrated to America in 1868, locating first in St. Joseph, Missouri, and was joined the following year by his family, and they remained there until 1871. That year Mr. Peterson came to Jackson Township, Riley Co., Kansas, and homesteaded eighty acres on section 21. From that little spot of ground he in due time built up his present farm. He is in comfortable circumstances, and is a member in good standing of the Swedish Baptist Church at Randolph. The mother, formerly Anna Anderson, was a native of the same district as her husband, and was born in 1822, of wealthy parents. She died in St. Joseph, Mo., in the fall of 1869, soon after coming to America. To Mr. and Mrs. Peterson there were born three children - Mary, the wife of A. Epson, a prosperous farmer of jackson Township; Martha, Mrs. Lund; and Anna, Mrs. Harding, a resident of Colorado.

Mrs. Lund was born in Dahlaland, Sweden, May 29, 1849, and was a maiden of eighteen years when she came to America with her father. They made the voyage in fifteen days and Miss Martha proceeded to Chicago, where she engaged as a dressmaker and milliner, and remained there until her mother followed the family to America. She then lived with her parents in St. Joseph, Mo., untill coming to Kansas. Subsequently, she resided for a time in Topeka. Of her union with our subject, there have been born three children - Adelia, deceased; Selma and Christina. Mr. Lund, personally, is an ardent Republican. He has served as Township Treasurer, and for the last three years has been Road Supervisor in his district. He is a charter member of the Swedish Missionary Church at Randolph, and materially assisted in the erection of the church edifice. He is frequently selected as a delegate to represent his party in the county conventions, and has for a number of times served as a juryman.

The father of our subjet was Christian Lund, who wa slikewise of Swedish birth and parentage, and when a youth of eighteen years, enlisted in the army of his country, in which he served for thirty-three years, and until fifty-one years old. Then, resigning, he called for his commission and retired to a small farm which he owned in Christianstadsland and resided there until his death. He was a man of good education, and belonged to the Luthern Church. The maiden name of the mother was Hannah Pearson, and she spent her entire life in her native country. They were the parents of eight children, six of whom are living, but the subject of this notice is the only member of the family who emigrated to the United States.

The results of industry and perseverance are fully illustrated in the home surroundings of Mr. Lund and his family, which are faithfully presented by the artist's pencil on another page.

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