Albin was born in 1876 in Rolfstorp, Sweden, the son of Johan Severin Gustafsson and Johanna Axelsdotter. He immigrated to the Kiron area in 1895 to join his older brother Carl and began a farming career. He is also a brother of Enard Gustafson of Hayes township, Ida County.
Alma is the daughter of Carl Elof Gustafsson and Josefina Antonsdotter of Spannarp, Sweden. She was born and grew up on the family farm. Spannarp and Rolfstorp are parishes close to the city of Varberg, Sweden.
In 1904 they were married and set up a farming operation in Ida County. Most of their children were born in Ida county or near Alta, Iowa. Around 1930, the family moved to Wisconsin and then to the Cambridge, Minnesota area. Albin died there in 1948 and Alma lived a long life of 94 years and died in 1977.