|EDWARD ERICKSON, a farmer of Rutland, is of Norwegian birth and ancestry. His father, Erick, married Inger Tulfson and of their eight children, three are now living in America; Rebecca, who resides in Pleasant Springs, Edward and Inger in Rutland. Edward Erickson was born in Christiansen, Norway, August 3, 1846, received his education in the common schools in Norway and remained with his parents until 1882, when he embarked for America.
The first three years of the new life were spent at Pleasant Springs, the next period at Dunkirk, in both of which places he rented farms. Finally Mr. Erickson purchased an eighty-acre farm in Rutland which is his present home and of which he has made a valuable property.
In October, 1874, he married Miss Carrie Knutson, daughter of Capt. Knute Osuldson and Pauline (Paulson) Osuldson, whose home was in Norway. Capt. Knute Osuldson was a sea-captain of many voyages but his home was always in Norway, although four of his children came to America.
Mr. and Mrs. Erickson have four children: Emil, a painter in Madison, Wis., Peter, Christina and Edward, who live with their parents.
Mr. Erickson is a member of the school board and a Republican, though he has never been an active politician. He is a member of the Lutheran church. One of our Norwegian-American citizens, who came to American with no fortune but his energy and thrift, Mr. Erickson succeeded in winning from the west a substantial and comfortable livelihood.
1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 268