Eric Westerlund, a farmer, residing on section 28, Osco Township , is a native of Sweden , having been born in that country June 18, 1836. Mr. Westerlund continued to reside in his native country until the fall of 1850, when, at the age of 14 years, he accompanied his parents across the black deep and landed in America . His mother died on the voyage, and her grave was the black deep of the ocean. Mr. Westerlund continued to reside with his father, who had located in Andover Township , this county, until he had obtained his majority. On becoming his own man he went forth to fight the battles of life single-handed and alone, and his first work in which he realized a remuneration from others was that of farming. He continued to “work out” for a time, and then purchased 80 acres located on section 28, Osco Township , upon which he settled, and at once entered vigorously and actively upon the task of improvement and cultivation, and where he is at present residing. He has fine improvements upon his farm; has erected a nice residence and barn, and by economy and energetic labor has increased his landed interests until at present he is the proprietor of 290 acres of good farm land, the larger portion of which is under an advanced state of cultivation. Mr. Westerlund keeps on his farm about 40 head of cattle, 12 head of horses and colts, and fattens from 60 to 100 head of hogs annually, and is meeting with financial success in the vocation which he has followed all his life, that of agriculture.
   Mr. Westerlund was united in marriage at Moline , Ill. , Feb. 7, 1857, to Christine Anderson, who was born in Sweden , Jan. 30, 1843, and of their union six children have been born, namely: Sarah E., Emma C., Sophia J., John O., Annie and Julius O. The father and mother are members of the Swedish Lutheran Church . In politics Mr. Westerlund affiliates with the Republican party.

1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois   page 489

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