Johan Alfred was born 1 April 1864 in Sweden. He left from the port of Göteborg on 26 September 1884 with a ticket for Sac City, Iowa. By the early 1890's, Alfred and his brothers were farming in Wheeler township. He married Mathilda in 1896 and continued farming in Wheeler township for many years. Two of their children, Walter and Esther, grew up on the farm. The family attended services at the Bethel Lutheran church where the children were confirmed. Alfred died in 1945. Mathilda lived until 1968. Both are buried in the Bethel Lutheran cemetery.