A Narrative History of The People of Iowa


ESKIL C. CARLSON, an attorney of high standing and recognized professional ability, commands a large practice in Polk and surrounding counties, and the respect of his fellow citizens. He was born at Des Moines, March 14, 1885, a son of J. P. and Annie (Swanson) Carlson, both natives of Sweden, who located at Des Moines in 1868. For many years the father was in the grocery business at Des Moines, and he was well known in the local Republican party. He died in 1896. As a member of the Lutheran Church he was an active worker, and his widow is also a member of that church. Of the eight children born to them five are living, namely: F. E.  who is a furniture dealer of Des Moines; C. E. who is also in the furniture business at Des Moines; A. J., who is in the plumbing business at Des Moines; Eskil C.  whose name heads this review; and Lillie, who married F. E, Smith, who is in the leather findings business at Des Moines.

During the time he was attending the Des Moines public schools Eskil C. Carlson displayed abilities of such a character that his parents decided to encourage him in going further in his studies with the view of preparing himself for the legal profession. He consequently entered Drake University, following his graduation from high school, and was graduated from its law school in 1908, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and he took his degree of Master of Laws at Yale University in 1909. That same year he entered upon the practice of law at Des
Moines, and a year later was made assistant city solicitor and in 1914, city solicitor. In 1916 he was elected municipal judge, but resigned from the bench in 1918 to go to France with the Young Men's Christian Association, and remained there for eleven months, being assigned to the Three Hundred and Fifteenth Infantry during his entire period of service. Returning to the United States in 1919, Judge Carlson resumed his practice, which he has since carried on. From 1925 to 1928 he again served as city solicitor. In all of the offices he has hold Judge Carlson has displayed rare ability, and an integrity that has awakened warm admiration. He is a member of the Polk County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. At present he is president of the Boys' Work Committee of the Lutheran Church, a director of Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, and president of the Des Moines Young Men's Christian Association. Fraternally he belongs to the Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. For several years he has been one of the members of the Grant Club. The Lutheran Church holds his membership, and h is on the finance committee of the Synod.

In 1915 Judge Carlson married Miss Helen O. Walder, born at Des Moines, a daughter of John Walder, for some years engaged in the transfer business in this city. Two children have been born to Judge and Mrs. Carlson, namely:
Christine, who was born in February, 1917, and is attending the public schools of Des Moines; and Constance, who was born in 1926.


~ source: A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC., by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of theHistorical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York. 1931
~ transcribe by Debbie Clough Gerischer for the Great War