Karl August Karlsson was born 7 May 1860 to Carl Frederik Andersson and Anna Lovisa Jansdotter. Records show he was born in Lerback in the Narke province of county Orebro in south-central Sweden.
“Karl August Karlsson (American spelling Carlson) worked as a shovel sharpener in a blacksmith shop for 20 years until the shop burned down. Then he went to work at Motala Verkstad (like a department store) melting lead into bars, as he was a big strong man. He was paid approximately $75.00 a month. At this writing Motala Verkstad is still open and doing business. He was born in Nerke, Sweden.” -Rose Carlson Nystrom about her father, as told to her daughter 22 Apr 1982.
According to his son, Albin Carlson,
“Father Karlsson was a fine man in every respect. He had more patience than any man I ever met. Very popular with all kinds of friends.”