Carl E. Magnuson, John E. Magnuson, Caleb Magnuson

Carl cash-claimed a quarter in 26, 7N 48W in 1891.  Possibly this is the Chas Magnuson, father of Caleb/Carl and John.

The same year, Caleb Magnuson cash-claimed a quarter in 32, 6N 47W - Phillips County, but only about ten miles away.

And in 1889 John E. Magnuson cash-claimed a quarter in 32, 6N 47W.

In 1870 Henry County, Illinois - Chas "Magneson" 45 and Johannah 33 born in Sweden, August J. 12, John E. 10, Caleb 6, and newborn Annie all born in Illinois.

In 1880 Henry County, "C.J. Magamson" is 55, Johanna 44, Julius 22, John E. 19, Carl M. 16, Anna T. 10, Esther C. 8, Enoch C. 5, Gottlib J. 2  - So Caleb might be Carl M.....


Johanna Cristinia Magnuson born Aug 17, 1836 in Sweden, died Feb 23, 1923 in Orion, Henry County, and is buried in Sweden Lutheran Cemetery.

In 1900 Henry County, J.E., born Oct 1860 in Illinois, is a dentist, with Malinda A. May 1867 and Marian E. Oct 1899.

In 1920 Henry County, John is a surgeon, but has retired by 1930 and 1940.

Dr. John Edward Magnuson born 1860, died Nov 2, 1949, and is buried in Western Township, Henry County. So are his wife May and daughter Marion.

1910 - Henry County, Illinois  - Among those who have figured prominently in professional circles in Orion is numbered Dr. John E. Magnuson, who for a number of years has practiced successfully as a dentist, gaining equal prominence and respect as a citizen. A native of Illinois, he was born in Lynn township, Henry county, on the sixth of October, 1860, a son of Charles J. and Johanna C. Magnuson. As the name indicates the family is of Swedish origin, both parents having been born across the water. They came to America in early life with their parents, both families arriving in this country in 1851. They immediately came to Illinois, settling first near Swedona, Mercer county, and later became residents of Henry county.
In this country the parents were united in marriage and began their domestic life in Lynn township, near Ophiem, where the father carried on general farming. He also engaged extensively in stock feeding and became very successful, being an extensive landowner. He was one of the founders of the Swedish Mutual Fire Insurance Company, which was organized for the purpose of insuring farm and town residence property, and he served as secretary of the company for several years. He was a member of the Evangelical church, of which he was secretary, and was a very public spirited man, taking a deep and helpful interest in all community affairs. He passed away about twenty years ago, while his widow still survives and makes her home in Orion.
On his father's farm J. E. Magnuson spent the period of his boyhood and youth, and during the winter months attended the district schools in the acquirement of his literary education. Later he enjoyed the advantages of a course of study in Miller's Business College at Keokuk, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1882. The periods of vacation were devoted to assisting his father in the work of the home farm, and immediately after his graduation from business college he went to Colorado, where he was engaged in prospecting for a time. Later he returned home, carrying on farming for himself for some time, and then, in the fall of 1891, he entered the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, from which he was graduated in June, 1895. He has become a very skilled and successful dentist and has for many years enjoyed a very extensive patronage, which is steadily increasing in volume and importance. Through the years of his practice he has kept abreast with the onward march of the profession, has secured the latest improved instruments and equipments found in the modern dental office and followed methods of practice which receive the sanction of this progressive age. He has high ideals concerning his work and conforms to a high standard of professional ethics.
It was on the 28th of November, 1898, that Dr. Magnuson was united in marriage to Miss May Westerland, the only daughter of Peter Westerland, who represents a very prominent and well known family of Western township. Unto this union has been born one daughter, Marion Eleanor, who is a student in the schools at Orion. The family are all members of the Lutheran church and are active in the work of the church and Sunday school.
Fraternally Dr. Magnuson is identified with Sherman Lodge, No. 535, A. F. & A. M., and with Orion Lodge, No. 686, I. 0. 0. F., and also holds membership with the Modern Woodmen camp and with the Royal Neighbors of America, in all of which organizations he is well known and popular.
His political views are in accord with the principles of the democracy and he has figured prominently in local public affairs. He has been a member of the democratic county central committee for a number of years and has frequently been sent as a delegate to various conventions, while he has also been a member of the Orion village board. When a young man on the home farm he was highway and drainage commissioner and likewise served as census enumerator for Lynn township in 1890. In addition to his practice he is also a stockholder in both banks at Orion and is a man of affluence, who occupies a high place in the community. No history of Orion would be complete without mention of Dr. Magnuson, for he stands foremost among her valued, respected and successful representatives.

John Edward Magnuson died November 2, 1949 in Henry County.

After the death of his wife in 1915, Peter "Pehr"  Westerlund lived with his daughter, Melinda 'May", Mrs. J.E. MAGNUSON, in his home. There death occurred in January 1937 at the age of 98 years.

Marion studied music at the Augustana Conservatory of Music. Marion taught piano for a number of years and served as organist at the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Charles John Magnusson married Christine Hultgren March 27, 1856 in Henry County.

Carl E. Magnuson married June G. Bengston June 9, 1915 in Henry County.

Gottleib Magnuson is in McPherson County Kansas in 1900, single,  born Oct 1878 in Illinois.  He's probably the Joshua Gottleib Magnuson registering for WWI in Los Angeles, and dying there in 1955.

August Julius Magnuson and Emma Maria Gabrielson had  Naomi Amalia Magnuson Jan 18, 1884, Winfield Xenophon Magnuson Aug 11, 1885, Carl Ellsworth Magnuson Feb 23, 1888, and Arndt Julius Magnuson March 20, 1890  and Eunice Hannah Maria Magnuson Jun 2, 1892, all  in Henry County.


Esther Cedilla Magnuson, per one tree, was born Dec 24, 1871 in Swedona, Illinois, married  to Carl Adolph Lonnquist September 27, 1893, and they were in Kearney County, Nebraska 1900, 1920, and 1930.  

Since 1893, Carl Adolph Lonnquist has been a clergyman in Nebraska. He was born at Froderyd, Sweden, September 27, 1869, the son of Johan Reinhold Lonn and Johanna (Carlson) Lonn, the former a miller who was born in Sweden, in 1845, and died there in 1894. His mother was born in Sweden, December 25, 1849, and died there December 25, 1887.

Dr. Lonnquist was graduated from Wexio College in Sweden, studied at Upsala University in that country for a year, and for two years was a student at the Rock Island Seminary where he was ordained to the ministry. He came to America in 1891. He was awarded the D. D. degree at Augustana College in 1919.

He has taken part in the business and religious affairs of Nebraska in the following capacities: pastor, Stromsburg, 1893-1896; pastor, Axtell, 1896-1921; director of Bethphage Mission at Axtell, since 1917; director of the Lutheran College, 1914-20; director of the Augustana Book Concern, 1921-23; and statistician of the Nebraska Conference, 1893-1900. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, published in 1906, 1911, 1913, and 1916, and of various articles for papers and magazines. Since 1917 he has been editor of the monthly magazine Guldax.

Dr. Lonnquist is a member of the Augustana Historical Society and the Nebraskana Society. His hobby is writing poetry and his political affiliation is with the independent branch of the Republican party.

His marriage to Esther Cedilla Magnuson was solemnized at Orion, September 27, 1893. Mrs. Lonnquist was born at Swedona, Illinois, December 24, 1871. She is the daughter of Carl and Johanna (Hultgren) Magnuson. Four children were born to this union: Martha Flavia, August 2, 1898, who married John Rost, Jr.; Hilding Raymond, February 9, 1900, who married Leona Ingmanson; Doris Miriam Ingeborg, March 1, 1903; and Conrad Ivan, July 12, 1906. Hilding is a farmer, Doris is secretary to her father, and Conrad is employed in Omaha. Residence: Axtell.


Simple Lives for orchestra is a single movement, thirteen minute work written during the fall of 1990 on commission from the Colonial Symphony to celebrate their fortieth anniversary. It was premiered during the spring of 1991 with Yehuda Gilad conducting.

The work is dedicated to the Colonial Symphony and is also intended to honor my grandmother, Eunice Sampson, and her two sisters, Naomi Magnuson and Edna Friedstrom. The three sisters were residents of Orion, Illinois, a small, rural town about 160 miles south of Chicago. From my visits as a young boy, I remember the family farm with its chickens underfoot and horses to be broken and acres and acres of cornfields. I remember all of the relatives fixing their cherished covered dishes when the folks from back East would visit them each summer. My memories were warm and comforting. When I was about twelve, we stopped visiting Orion and my memories became influenced in time with my experiences as a young musician in Philadelphia and New York. The lives of my relatives began to seem hopelessly old-fashioned. With time though, my thoughts changed. As an adult, I began to visit Orion once more and got to know Eunice, Naomi and Edna again. What I found were lives that were marvelously rich in directness, humor and spirituality. What I once thought of as simple and old-fashioned turned out to be focused and consistent. Simple Lives reflects that change of perspective and honors their example.

My grandmother, Eunice, in her late ninties, passed away while I was writing Simple Lives. Naomi died shortly thereafter at the age of one hundred and nine. Edna, in her early hundreds, still lives in Orion.

David Sampson