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Viking Allegory – ready to read

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viking pixbay cc0Uploaded for your reading pleasure: Charles Carlson’s original tale of nine intrepid viking brothers.

Click here to read these exciting tales (and hints of even taller ones)!


Please note: The characters described may or may not resemble actual persons, living or deceased. But probably they do.

For details about any of these tales, please contact the son of Grace Carlson nearest to you.


We’ll Miss You, Johnny

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John E. Carlson of Hastings, MinnesotaI am so very sad to announce the loss of another Carlson brother in 2016.  On February 11, John Edward Carlson died peacefully at home in Hastings, Minnesota, at the age of 86.

Service Details:

Celebration of Life and Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 AM Thursday, February 18, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 West Fifteenth St., Hastings with Fr. David Hennen officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 – 8 PM Wednesday, February 17, at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 East Seventh Street, Hastings and Thursday one hour prior to the Mass at church.

About John:

Some words from Catura-Smidt Funeral Home:
John was born in Hastings to Frank and Grace (Dunkel) Carlson on August 15, 1929, and was the fifth of 11 children. His early life and education included dropping out of kindergarten at age five, graduating from Etter Teck in Etter, MN and graduating from Hastings High School.

His work career included construction and start-up of the Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant, operation of oil refineries, manufacturing of heavy equipment, manufacturing of small equipment, maintenance at the Hastings State Hospital and farming.

John’s most well-known talent was the ability to sing and play the guitar. He performed with various polka and country bands in Colorado and Minnesota for over a 50 year period, with gigs at dances, weddings and senior living homes. Two of his most requested songs were “The Day I Jumped from Earl Almquist’s Plane” and “The Second Week of Deer Camp”.

John Carlson and family
John Carlson and family in 2014 (click to enlarge)
John was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Marie Prentice and Frances Hicks; brothers Allen and Leonard “Boomer” Carlson; also his infant son, James Keith. He is survived by his wife, Rita Mae; four children, Loreen Fried, Carol (Ron) Dahl, William (Muriel) Carlson and John W. (Jean) Carlson; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; six brothers, Ray (Ruth), Charles (Sherrie), Richard (Irma), Ronald, Keith (Rose) and Jerome (Sharon) Carlson; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Rest In Peace, Boomer

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Leonard "Boomer" Carlson
Leonard “Boomer” Carlson, 1925-2016
It is with great sadness that I write that Leonard Frank “Boomer” Carlson passed away on January 7, 2016. Services were held on January 14 at United Lutheran Church in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Boomer was born on March 19, 1925 at home in Hastings to Frank and Adoline (Dunkel) Carlson. He started school at Guardian Angels until the family moved to a farm in 1937, where he continued his schooling at “Etter Tech” a one-room schoolhouse through 8th grade. He was inducted into the service during World War II on Fbruary 26, 1945. After serving in various locations in the United States, he received an honorable discharge on January 1, 1947.
He returned to Hastings and met Joan Thygesen of Red Wing, who he married on June 2, 1951. They raised two children, Gary and Mary Jo. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and a signalman and foreman for 37 years. They moved to Wacouta Township in 1975. He was a member of United Lutheran Church in Red Wing, as well as the Leo C. Peterson American Legion #54. Throughout his life he enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, bowling, and spending time with his family and friends.
Boomer died at home on January 7, 2016, at the age of 90 years, 9 months and 19 days.

Boomer Carlson and family

Survivors include his wife, Joan; one son, Gary Carlson; one daughter, Mary Jo (Bryan) Trandem; four grandchildren, Michelle Carlson, Melanie (Eric) Smith, Kienan Trandem (Karen Gergen) and Linnea Trandem (David Lewis-Frazier); and one great granddaughter, Chloe Smith. He is also survived by seven of his brothers, John (Rita), Ray (Ruth), Charles (Sherrie), Richard (Irma), Ronald, Keith (Rose), and Jerome (Sharon) Carlson, as well as many nieces and nephews. Boomer was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother Grace Carlson; his sisters Marie Prentice and Frances Hicks; and his brother, Allen Carlson.

2014 Reunion – A Big Success

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On Sunday, June 15th, the descendents of Carl Johann Carlson and Maria Louisa Pedersdotter Carlson came together in a wonderful, jumbled crowd.

Left to Right: Leonard (“Boomer”), John, Ray (“Swede”), Charlie (“Deacon”), Dick (“Blacksmith”),
Ronnie (“Ace”), Keith (“Buck”), and Jerry (“Lightning”)

The event took place at St. Joseph’s Church hall in Miesville, Minnesota, only a few miles from the “home farm” where it all started.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who came, to everyone who donated to help offset costs, and especially to everyone who helped plan and organize the reunion.


ANNOUNCEMENT:  This web page will stay open as a family resource (and maybe for the next reunion!), so feel free to check back!
  • If you have a web-page or blog of your own, send me a message and I’ll add you to the roster of Carlson Links.
  • If you have family photos to share, send them (with captions, please) and I’ll post them in the photo albums.
  • Any other family news you want to share is welcome, as well.


Counting down!

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Just one more week until Reunion Day!

Festivities will start at 2:00 pm.  There will be sandwich fixings, salads, and other goodies provided, but feel free to bring a side or dessert as well.  

(It’s optional, though.  There will be a bowl for free-will donations to cover food and other expenses.)

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Don’t forget – mark your calendar!

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Mark your calendar

for Father’s Day,

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

for the Carlson Family Reunion

St. Joseph’s Church Hall

Miesville, Minnesota

Hope to see you there!

Join the fun, June 15, 2014!

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Come join the descendants of Carl Johann (John) Carlson


Maria Louisa Pedersdotter (Peterson) Carlson!  

Meet and greet your family and friends, and take part in the fun.

  • Find out about your ancestory.
  • We plan on activities for the littles, so bring them along.
  • Bring along copies of photos of your family to add to our Family Album!

Please spread the word to other family members!