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Transcribed biography of Victor Charlson


Anna Sophie Swanson was born in Hven'a Socken, Kalmar Lan, Sweden. She married Carl Charlson in 1860. Here two daughters, Christine (Mrs. Swan P. Carlson) and Ida (Mrs. Wm. Chellberg) were born. In 1868 they came to America and settled near Hobart, Ind., where twin children were born, Charles Charlson arid Hilma (passed away in infancy). In 1869 her first husband, Carl Charlson died. In 1870 she was married to John Charlson, a brother of Carl. They then moved close to what is now known as Fulton Road near Lake Michigan (now known as Miller). While there, one son Victor Charlson was born. From there they moved to Forsythe, now called Gary, Ind. Here two children were born, Hilda (Mrs. Victor Samuelson) and Oscar Charlson. About 1884, they moved to Baillytown where they lived their entire life. They were members of Augsburg Lutheran Church of Porter, Ind. Since 1892. Anna and John Charlson are buried in the Burstrom Cemetery. Carl Charlson was buried in what is now called Blake Cemetery near Garyton, Ind.

When Victor Charlson was a young boy he recalled how the New York Central Railroad stopped their trains at Dunes Park Station and he helped load on cut lumber to be used as fuel for the train so it could continue on to Chicago. Victor Charlson and Anna Wistrand were married in 1901 at the Swedish Augsburg Lutheran Church of Porter. They lived in the August Wistrand home with their six children and Grandma Charlotte Wistrand, where Victor farmed the land. He was also a School bus driver (horse driven canvas bus) and later was a Road Supervisor on both the Porter County and Indiana State Highways.

They were life long members of the Augsburg Lutheran Church of Porter and are buried in the Burstrom Cemetery.

The children of Anna and Victor Charlson are Vincent (passed away in infancy, Alvin E. Charlson, Elvera (Mrs. Roy L. Peterson) (passed away 1947), Eleanor (Mrs. J. Irvin Benson), Edith (Mrs. George Martinson), Dr. Vernon R. Charlson, Marian Edquist (Mrs. Evar Edquist).

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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