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P. W. Weberg

P. W. Weberg, an extensive farmer and stock-raiser of Crawford county who has, by his perseverance and continuous industry, accumulated sufficient of this world's goods to render him independent for life, is a native of Sweden, born January 13, 1854.

His parents emigrated to the United States in 1867, first locating in Boone county, Iowa, whence they removed in 1868 to Crawford county. Here the father bought eighty acres of land, upon which he resided for several years, and then disposed of his holdings and removed to Omaha, Nebraska.

To him and his wife were born seven children, of whom six survive, as follows: Anna married Peter Larsen, who died in Sweden, and she is now living in Los Angeles, California. Christina is the widow of E. W. Anderson and resides on a farm near Kiron, Crawford county. Larson lives in Omaha, Nebraska; Lydia became the wife of Andrew Larson, and makes her home in St. Louis, Missouri. Inez married N. A. Christinsen, formerly of Omaha but now living in Los Angeles. P. W. completes the family. The mother departed this life at the age of seventy-four, the father passing away two years later in his seventy-sixth year.

The youth of P. W. Weberg was spent in assisting his father on the home farm, continuing thus employed until he was twenty-two years old, when he rented the place, which consisted of eighty acres, and cultivated it on his own account for two or three years. He then bought the farm in partnership with his sister, to whom he subsequently sold his interest. His next purchase was eighty acres of land one mile west in Otter Creek township, which he still owns and to which he has added five hundred and thirty-five acres, this comprising his property in that and Stockholm townships. In April, 1906, he bought seventy-six acres within the city limits of Denison, to which he has added one hundred and twenty-four acres, and here he has since made his home, giving it the name of "City View Stock Farm." Besides general farming he makes a specialty of raising shorthorn cattle and Duroc Jersey hogs, in which he has met with splendid success. During a great flood that swept this part of the country in August, 1907, he suffered considerable loss in stock, besides which about forty acres of his hay was destroyed.

Mr. Weberg has been twice married, his first wife being Miss Bertha Larson, whose death took place in 1885. He was subsequently united in marriage to Lottie, a daughter of N. F. and Ingred Rodine. Her mother died February 13, 1907. By his first wife, Sophia, Mr. Rodine had the following eight children: Matilda, Caroline, John, Carl, Maud, John Abel, Maria and Charlotta, all of whom are deceased except the first named.

To Mr. and Mrs. Weberg have been born four children, as follows: Earl De Witt, Ralph Waldo, Percy Bryan and Peter Carroll, who reside at home with their parents.

Politically Mr. Weberg gives his support to the democratic party and has been active in local affairs, as is indicated by his having filled several township offices. In his religious views he is a faithful follower of the Baptist denomination. His life has been one of great activity and his ability in business circles has found expression in the acquirement of the valuable property which he now owns, the cultivation of which has made him one of the substantial residents of the community, while his worth as a man is demonstrated by the high esteem in which he is uniformly held.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.