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Johan Alfred Erickson (1836-1919)

Johan Alfred Eriksson was born on 3 April 1836 in the parish of Hallingberg in Sweden. On 3 April 1836, he emigrated from the Älmarsum farm in Hallingberg for America. In transit, he connected with other Swedes who were heading for Swedebend and then he came with a group from there to be among the first settlers of the new community of Kiron. He was single but his neighbor knew the perfect companion for him so when she arrived from Sweden, their wedding became the first for the new settlers. John first farmed the land where the present day town of Kiron now stands. Later he bought more land in Stockholm section 9. He was a farmer until he retired in a new home in Kiron shortly after it was laid out. In 1908 he was named vice chairman of the building committee for the new church. He died in 1919 and is buried in the Kiron Cemetery.

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