The subject of this review is actively identified with the agricultural interests of Crawford county, and although comparatively a young man he has gained a reputation as one of the highly efficient farmers of Stockholm township. Here he has spent his entire life and it is doubtful whether any other man in his part of the county has a more intimate acquaintance with its resources or with the possibilities of its agricultural development.
A native of Crawford county, Mr. Erickson comes of one of its well known families. He was born on the home farm in Stockholm township, August 1, 1873, a son of John A. and Julia Erickson, record of whom appears elsewhere in this work. He received his preliminary education in the public schools and later possessed advantages of college training, thus becoming well prepared for the responsibilities that were before him. He remained at home assisting his father until after reaching manhood and then rented the home place of three hundred acres, of which he has ever since had charge.
He engages in general farming but makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock, keeping none but good grades and shipping the same to the market in excellent condition. As he gives close attention to his business the results have been highly satisfactory and the well kept appearance of the place gives evidence of intelligent supervision. He has made a careful study of the best methods of farming and stock-raising and is regarded by his neighbors as an authority on any questions pertaining to agricultural life.
Mr. Erickson politically is identified with the republican party, but he is not an aspirant for honors or emoluments of office as his interests are centered upon his farm. He still enjoys the freedom of bachelorhood. He is known as a man of the strictest integrity, whose word is as binding to him as his bond and who is willing at all times to assist in any movement which gives evidence of promoting the permanent welfare of the people of this section.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.