P. M. HAMBORG is the owner of a farm on section 35, Roscoe township, improved with a good set of buildings and modern equipments. He is a native of Sweden, his birth having occurred in that country in 1845. His father, Munson Anderson died when his son, P. M. Hamburg, was only a year old, while the mother passed away when the son was but six months old. In consequence he knows very little of his parents. He had his name changed legally while living in Rockford, because of others in the same name in that city.
Mr. Hamburg remained a resident of Sweden until twenty-two years of age and then went to Denmark, where he spent four years, following the occupation of farming. He hard favorable reports concerning the new world and its development, its business opportunities and its advantages and thinking that he might profit by a removal to the United States he crossed the Atlantic from Denmark about 1871. For two months he worked in Pennsylvania on the railroad, after which he removed to Michigan, where he secured employment in the iron mines for four years. On the expiration of that period he came to Winnebago county, making his way to Rockford, and soon afterward he accepted a position on a farm near that city. He was thus employed until his diligence and frugality brought to him a capital sufficient to justify his purchase of land, at which time he became the owner of fifty acres in Roscoe township. This was the nucleus of his present property. He has extended the boundaries of his place as opportunity has offered until it now comprises one hundred and five acres. He works the entire tract and also one hundred acres which he rents, so that he is extensively engaged in farming pursuits. His land is productive and upon it is a good set of farm buildings, including a comfortable residence and all the outbuildings necessary for the shelter of grain and stock.
Mr. Hamborg was married to Miss Tilda Evarstardt, who was born in Sweden and died in 1881 at the age of fifty-one years, leaving one son Peter. For his second wife Mr. Hamborg chose Sarah Johnson, also a native of Sweden.
In his political views Mr. Hamborg is a republican, keeping well informed on the questions and issues of the day and is thoroughly in sympathy with the American form of government. He has served as school director the past nineteen years and the cause of education has found in him a warm friend. At the present time he is overseer of highways, which position he has filled for fifteen years, his long continuance in the office indicating that he now owns an excellent farm. He is well liked by his neighbors and has been so reliable in all of his business transactions that one is reminded of a sentiment of a prominent traveler and lecturer who said that “Sweden is the home of the honest man.”
Source: Charles A. Church, Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County, Illinois (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1905), p. 822.