Additional information provided by Brian Erland
Signor Erland, born in 1841, on the Erland Farm, Rogland, Norway. After immigrating to the United States, he fought in the Civil War, stationed at Harts Island, NY harbor. He married Sarah Olson (1852 - 1924). She was born in LaSalle Co., Illinois. He purchased his farm close to Newhall in 1868. He farmed this land and hauled grain to Iowa City, bringing back food, clothing and farm supplies. He raised Black Galloway cattle; and his herd was known as the largest cattle herd in the state. He died 25 March 1900.