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Otto Clauson and Alfena Lilljeholm

Otto is the 4th  son of Carl Fredrick Clauson and Lena Carin Jonsdotter. He was one of the early children of the Swedish emigrants who was born in Stockholm Township. Otto married Emma Lundberg, the daughter of John Lundberg and Anna Charlotta Johnson, in 1901.  Otto started a farming career with his brother Ed in Stockholm Township but left that after his young wife, Emma, died leaving him with a young son Leslie.  Otto remarried to Alfena Lilljeholm in 1905 and moved to the new town of Kiron and became one of the towns businessmen. Alfena was born in Illinois to Swedish emigrants August Lilleholm and Mathilda Norman. They moved from Illinois to a Milford Township farm around 1880.  Otto and Alfena lived the rest of their lives in Kiron.  Son Leslie went off to Iowa State's college of engineering and persued an engineering career with the Iowa Highway Comission.  He served many years as Iowa's Chief Highway Engineer.  Otto is buried in the Kiron cemetery alongside his wife Emma. Alfena is buried in the cemetery in Denison.  

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