C. O. inherited the farm his father (Christian) had purchased in Stocking, Precinct. C. O. is remembered as a wonderful man. He was friendly, ambitious, a good worker and a good mechanic. He was the Engineer for a threshing gang. He also sang well.
Carl Oscar Pearson was born in Chapman precinct near Weston on his parents' farm. He attended public schools until he was 17 or 18 years old. He then worked full time with his father on the farm. When he was 25, he began farming on his own.a Marie Olive Ekdahl was born in Mariposa precinct near Weston. She attended local public schools. After they were married, Oscar and Milsa moved to a farm one mile west of Weston. While living there, Milsa gave birth to a daughter who died shorortly after birth. Their son Malvin was also born at that farm. In 1908, after the death of Oscar's father, they moved to the 160 acre farm in Stocking precinct which Oscar inherited. Their other three children were born there. Oscar was left the farm debt free by his father, but his sister Lida, who exerted considerable influence over their mother, had a $3,000 lien put on the farm. Oscar mortgaged the farm to pay the lien.
By the time World War I began, most of the Swedish colony in the area were second and third generation Americans. The use of the Swedish language was decreasing. In Oscar's and Milsa's situation, they learned Swedish from their parents. Theirialects were different and Oscar found Milsa's dialect amusing. Consequently, she would not speak Swedish to him, although she spoke in Swedish to her grandparents, John and Christina Frostrom. Also, Swedish had been the language used in the area churches formed by Swedes in the last half of the 19th century. During World War I, non-Swedish members of the community objected to Swedish being spoken at these churches. They claimed that the language being used was either German or so similar to German that speaking it was unpatriotic. Due to this pressure, congregations stopped speaking Swedish in the area churches.
Oscar remained farming his entire life. He was friendly, ambitious, a good worker, and a good mechanic. After he died, Milsa moved with her son Lloyd, a bachelor, to a house in Wahoo. After Lloyd died, Milsa continued to live in the house ul 1971 when she moved to a rest home in Wahoo. The home farm was acquired by Norman.
PAST AND PRESENT OF SAUNDERS COUNTY:
Oscar Pearson, a son of Christian Pearson, was born in Chapman precinct, July 12, 1879, and attended the common schools until he was seventeen or eighteen years of age. He then devoted his entire time to assisting his father with the farm wk, so continuing until he was twenty-five years old. At that time he began farming on his own account and after keeping his bachelor's hall for a year he was married. He removed with his bride to a farm one mile east of Weston, where they resideed for three years, after which he took up his residence upon his father's farm in Stocking precinct. He has since remained upon that place, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres of excellent land and is well improved. He carries on generaal farming and receives a good income from his labors. He married Miss Milsa Ekdahl, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August O. Ekdahl, the former of whom is deceased, while the later lives in Weston. To this union have been born three children; Malvin and Mildred, both attending school in Swedeburg; and Lloyd, and infant.
Mr. Pearson is independent in politics, voting for the man rather than the party. He is industrious and displays sound judgment in the management of his affairs, and the success which he has gained is well deserved.
WAHOO WASP - NOVEMBER 15, 1942
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR CARL OSCAR PEARSON
The whole community around Swedeburg was saddened Thursday, last, when the news spread of the passing of Mr. C.O. Pearson, after a few hours severe illness.
Mr. Pearson was born at Weston on July 12, 1879, and was married to Milsa Ekdahl, also of Weston. This union was blessed with four children.
Mr. and Mrs. Pearson moved to the Swedeburg community in 1908, and have resided there ever since, being very industrious farmers. They have for many years been active members in the Swedeburg Lutheran Church, in which he has served faithfulls treasurer and Board Member.
Oscar Pearson passed away October 29, 1942 at the age of sixty-three years, three months, and seventeen days. Mourning him are his widow and four children; Mrs. Mildred (Linus) Erickson, Malvin, Lloyd and Norman Pearson all of Swedeburg. Alsowo grandchildren. There is one brother, Ernest Pearson, of Waverly, Nebr.; and two sisters, Mrs. David Peterson, Plainville, Michigan, and Mrs. Dick Parr, of Encampment, Wyo. Also, a large host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. from the home, and at 2:30 at the Lutheran Church, at which the pastor, Rev. Elmer J. Holt, officiated, assisted by Dr. C. O. Gulleen, of Genoa. Music was furnished by the Misses Are and Elaine Eliason and Mrs. Duryea Olson, accompanied by Miss Alvena Larson. Pallbearers were, A.F. Larson, Reynold Olson, Oscar Olson, Arthur Larson, O.F. Anderson and Henry Olson. Internment was in the Swedeburg Lutheran Cemetery.