Biography - Nels Burgland

NELS M. BURGLAND was born in Gammalstorp, Blekinge, Sweden, Dec. 25, 1846. Emigrating in 1867, he landed in America Sept. 1, destined for Galesburg which has ever since been his place of residence. His education was limited to that acquired in the common school in his home district in Sweden. In Galesburg Mr. Burgland embarked in business as the proprietor of a meat market which with time has gained an extensive patronage. He learned the meat cutter's trade while in the employ of his uncle, Henry Burgland, for five years following his coning to Galesburg. For the next nineteen years he was in partnership with his brother-in-law, Swan Johnson. The firm owned a large farm, on which were raised most of the cattle which they butchered and shipped. In 1892 Mr. Burgland, severing the partnership, engaged in the same line of business independently and continues to the present time.
Jan. 7, 1873, Mr. Burgland was married to Jennie Jacobson, a daughter of Jacob Nilson, of Jemshog, Blekinge, who operated a flour mill there. Mrs. Burgland was born May 14, 1852. Their children are, Charles M., George H. and Arthur T.
Mr. Burgland has served the community as a member of the city council. In politics he is a strong Republican. He is a stockholder and director of the Bank of Galesburg, the Galesburg Telephone Co. and the Illinois-Canadian Land Co. He has likewise served on the board of the Galesburg Business Association.

Extracted 17 Sep 2016 by Norma Hass from the History of the Swedes of Illinois, published in 1908 by Engberg-Holmberg Publishing Company, Part 2, Knox County, pages 30-48.

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