JOHN ALFRED BJORKLUN
Phillips County Herald, Vol. XXXVII - No. 28, March 19, 1925
John Alfred Bjorklun was born July 8th 1849 in Saby Parish Jonkopings Diocese, Snialand, Sweden.
He was united in marriage to Anne Sophie Spets, April 2nd, 1868. This union was blessed with ten children, of which four died in infancy, six are living; two sons and four daughters.
Together with his family of wife and four children he immigrated to the United States of America in the spring of 1881. At first they made their home in Dayton, Iowa. After three years they moved to Wahoo, Nebraska where they remained for three years. In the spring of 1887 they moved to Fairfield, Phillips County, Colorado. Fairfield was **** a sandy bleak and barren prairie, that is 38 years ago. They were then among the very first settlers in that locality. It meant privations, determination and hard work, but with faith in God and an ardent love to his dear family he attained his cherished goal, the erection and maintenance of a happy Christian home and financial independency.
He was a gentleman, very much interested in the welfare of others. His kindness of heart and stalwart Christian character gained for him a name honored and highly respected in Fairfield and the neighboring communities. While yet a youth he gave his heart to Christ. He was a Christian not only by name but by a genuine conversion into the new life which never fails to express itself in Christian noble living. He took a very active part in the work of this (The Fairfield Mission) church from its very first beginning. The spiritual interest and welfare of the community he always kept near his heart. In every duty entrusted to him he was faithful, yes faithful into death.
The call from up yonder came quite suddenly. (Tuesday the 10th of March 1925). But our brother was ready. Blessed are they who are ready. Triumphantly testifying of the Lord's power to save and to keep he crossed the border-line to ever be with his dear redeemer Jesus Christ. He was then at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 22 days.
He leaves to mourn his departure the wife Anne Sophie Bjorklun, four daughters, Mrs. Hanna Olivia Paulson, Mrs. Ellen Sophie Holmquist, Mrs. Esther Lydia Wahlstrom, and Mrs. Hulda Caroline Eckman, two sons, Carl John and August Emil, sixteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren; also one brother, August Peterson of Basset, Nebraska and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held in the Fairfield Mission Church, Saturday March 14th. A large floral offering decorated the beautiful casket. One quartette and one trio served with singing. Rev. A. Smithberg assisted by Rev. C.E. Douhan officiated. Interment was made in the Fairfield Church cemetery.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the kind friends and neighbors who assisted us during the sickness and death of our loved one. We also wish to thank the choir and those who furnished the beautiful flowers. - Mrs. John Bjorklun, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Bjorklun, Mr. and Mrs. August Bjorklun, Mr. and Mrs. G. Paulson, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Holmquist, Mr. and Mrs. G.V. Wahlstrom, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eckman, and grandchildren.
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