Otto E. Clauson
Among the young business men of Crawford county who are every year advancing to greater responsibilities is Otto E. Clauson of Kiron. He has from the beginning of his business career shown an ability and interest in his work which gives bright promise as to the future.
He was born in Stockholm township, August 9, 1876, son of C. F. and Kathrine (Johnson) Clauson, mention of whom is made in the sketch of Edward Clauson, elsewhere in this work. Mr. Clauson of this review grew to manhood under the paternal roof and attended the district schools, where he secured the foundation of an education that has assisted him very materially in his contact with the world. At eighteen years of age he began farming on his own account by renting part of his father's land, which he cultivated industriously for seven years. He then purchased twenty acres in Stockholm township and also a house and lot in Kiron. In 1904 he took up his residence in town and entered into partnership with his brother in the furniture and undertaking business. They also handle real estate, and as they are active and efficient and pay close attention to the needs of their patrons, they have attained a gratifying measure of prosperity.
In 1901 Mr. Clauson was united in marriage to Miss Emma Lundberg, who was born in Sweden, a daughter of John and Anna Lundberg. The parents came to this country and located in Sac county, Iowa, where the father is now living, the beloved mother having passed away in 1910.
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Clauson, namely: Leslie Myron, and Eveline and Emma, both of whom are deceased. In 1904 the mother of these children was called from earthly scenes and in 1905 Mr. Clauson was married to Miss Alfena Lillieholm, who was born in Rockford, Illinois, and is a daughter of A. F. Lillieholm.
Politically, Mr. Clauson ever since reaching manhood has given his support to the republican party. He has taken quite an active and influential part in public affairs, serving as assistant postmaster of Kiron for six years and as mail carrier for three years. He has also held the office of justice of the peace and school director of Stockholm township and was a member of the town council of Kiron for six years. He is not connected with any religious denomination but his wife is a valued member of the Free Mission church. He readily makes friends as he has a genial address and pleasing manner and possesses in a high degree the warm regard of all with whom he associates.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.