Winnebago County, Illinois
Foreman for the extensive milling establishment of J. G.Chick Milling Co., of Rockford, has been in this gentleman's employ for many years, and has held his present position for the past fifteen years. Under his able and efficient management, the business has achieved a large share of success, and is in a prosperous condition.
Mr. Jesperson came to Rockford in 1865, and has since been engaged in the milling business, first with E. Derwent for five years, and later, with Mr. Chick, with whom he has since remained. He is a skillful and practical miller, and thoroughly understands his business. He is interested in other buisiness enterprises of the city, is a stockholder in the Mechanics' Furniture Co., the Union Grocery Co., in which he is also a Director, and a stockholder in the Swedish Building and Loan Association. He has a good and comfortable home at No. 514 Union Street, and is a useful and substantial citizen.
Of Swedish nativity, Mr. Jesperson has inherited all the characteristics of that hardy class of people, and is thrifty, honest, whole-souled and intelligent. He was born in Wester Gothland Province, January 23, 1845, learned his trade there, and when twenty years of age, or in 1865, crossed the Atlantic to American soil. His father, Jasper Carlson, is a wood-carver by trade, and is a resident of Rockford at the present time. The latter was born and reared in Wester Gothland, Sweden, and although now seventy-two years of age, his mind is as clear and as well-balanced as ever. He was married in his native country to Miss Lizzie Samuelson, who died in 1871, when about fifty-seven years of age, in full communion with the Lutheran Church, in which he also holds membership.
Charles Jesperson, the second in order of birth of the children born to this worthy couple, was put on board a vessel and had his passage paid to Chicago by an uncle. He had but twenty-five cents in his pocket when he reached the Garden City, and he was obliged to work for a few days to get the means to carry him to Rockford, Ill. He was first married in this city, in the fall of 1866, to Miss Johanna Johnson, a native of Wester Gothland, Sweden, who came to the United States with her parents in 1863. Her father, Olf Johnson, is now eighty years of age and is a resident of Rockford, but the mother died in 1888. Both were members in good standing in the Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Jesperson was born in 1840, and died at her home in Rockford in the fall of 1872, leaving one son, Gus, who is in the factories of Rockford. Mr. Jesperson took for his second wife Miss
Johanna Friedberg, who was born in Wester Gothland Province, Sweden, September 4, 1848, and was nearly grown when she came with her brother, P. J. Friedberg, to the United States. The latter is now a cabinet-maker and stockholder of the Centennial Furniture Company, and resides at No. 124 Bremer Street. The parents died in Sweden, the father, Andrew Anderson, when about fifty-five years of age, and the mother, whose maiden name was Mary Jonson, when about forty years of age. They were Lutherans in their religious views.
Of the three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Jesperson, one, Walter, died when young. The others are: Joseph, born February 25, 1878, and Hilma S., November 21, 1883. Mr. Jesperson and family attend the First Lutheran Church in which they are members and active workers, and they are people much respected in the community. Mr. Jesperson is a sound Republican in his political views, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the past fifteen years. [Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892]
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