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Lars Hokenson


Oneida Township



      Lars Hokenson is successfully engaged in farming upon his land on section 32, Oneida township, and justly prides himself upon being a self made man as he had but seventy five cents when he landed in the new world. He was born in Sweden on the 20th of November, 1868, a son of Hoken and Johanna (Larson) Nelson, both natives of that country. The father passed away there but the mother still survives, making her home in her native land. Of the nine children born to their union six are living.

       Lars Hokenson received his education in the schools of Sweden and remained at home until he was twenty years of age, when he came to this country.  He made his way to Delaware county, Iowa, and for two years was employed by the month upon farms, after which he worked for a year as a section hand on the Illinois Central Railroad.  He then rented land, which he cultivated for fifteen years, after which he purchased forty three acres on section 32, Oneida township which is still his place of residence.  He keeps everything in splendid repair and the land is under a high state of cultivation. His salient characteristics of unremitting industry, thrift and wise management have enabled him to make a comfortable living and to make preparation for any misfortune that may befall him.

      Mr. Hokenson was married in this county in 1890 to Miss Elena Oleson, also a native of Sweden. They have a son, Henning G., born March 28, 1891, who graduated from a business college at Rock Island in 1908. He is now married and living in Chicago, where he is engaged in the real estate business. His parents realized the great value of a good education and gave him liberal advantages along that line. He utilized his opportunities and is rapidly attaining success in his chosen occupation.

      Mr. and Mrs. Lars Hokenson are members of the Swedish Lutheran church and are among the most highly esteemed residents of their locality. He is a republican in his political belief and gives his support to the candidates of that party. He is one of the officers of the local creamery, which is a prosperous institution, and no small part of the credit of its success is due to his sound judgment. In 1906 he took a trip to Sweden, revisiting his birthplace and renewing old acquaintances. His honorable life commands the respect of all who know him, and he is one of the valued citizens of Oneida Township.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 164-165. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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