Christian attended the common schools in Sweden and while still a boy worked as a coachman. He came to the US when he was about 30 years old. His brothers Johannes and Andrew immigrated to Sauk Center, Minnesota; his brother Nils remained in Sweden. Christian worked for two or three years near Ashland, NE, as a farm hand and cattle feeder. He then bought a farm in Chapman precinct, near Weston, and started farming. Johanna came to this country with her parents, probably in the early 1870s. Some records list her name as Johanna Nilsdotter.
Christian grew the standard crops for the area and had livestock. The family also had an orchard and a small patch of tobacco. Johanna maintained a flower garden. Like most farmers of the area, Christian brought wheat to a mill in Wahoo, which was ground into flour for home use. Christian continued to farm on his land in Chapman precinct until 1901, when he purchased a farm in Stocking precinct and moved there.
Christian and Johanna had eight children. One day most likely in 1876, when Christian and Johanna were outside working, their farmhouse caught fire and was destroyed. Inside were their two children, Peter and Oscar, who probably were twins. The boys, one crippled and the other tied to a high chair, died in the fire. Their next two children were boys, who they also named Peter and Oscar.
Christian and Johanna were members of the Baptist church in Weston. Christian was a religious and stern man and a Republican. He had red hair, which he wore rather long as was the custom, and his hair complimented his full red beard. Christian eventually owned 480 acres of farmland. When he died, each of his sons received a farm as an inheritance - or the equal thereof. Fritz inherited the home farm in Chapman precinct and Oscar inherited the farm in Stocking precinct. Johanna lived her final years with her daughter Lida in a small house in Weston.
PAST AND PRESENT OF SAUNDERS COUNTY:
Christian Pearson was for many years engaged in farming in Chapman precinct, but his last years were spent in Stocking precinct, where he purchased land in 1901. A native of Sweden, he was born on New Year's Eve, 1837. He attended the common schchools in his native land and while still a boy worked as a coachman. He remained in Sweden until he was about thirty years of age, when he emigrated to the United States, and for two or three years he worked in the vicinity of Ashland, Nebraska, as a farm hand for a big cattle feeder. He then bought land in Chapman precinct and carried on agricultural pursuits successfully there for almost three decades, after which he purchased land in Stocking precinct, where he resided until his death in October, 1907.
Mr. Pearson was married to Miss Johanna Olson, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nils Olson, both natives of Sweden, who, however, emigrated to the United States. To Mr. and Mrs. Pearson were born eight children, two of whom are deceased, the others being: William, a resident of Ceresco who married Miss Clara Brodd and has four children; Oscar, who is living on the home place; Lena, the wife of Dave Peterson, of Strombsburg, Nebraska, by whom she has two children; Fritz, who is living near Ceeresco and who married Miss Maggie Dobley and has one child; Ernest, who is residing near Waverly and married Nellie Clay, by whom he has a child; and Lida, who is living at Weston and is the widow of Joe A. Novak. Mr. Pearson was a republican in politics and always took a commendable interest in affairs of public concern. His demise was deeply regretted and his friends still cherish his memory.