Biography of Adolph J. Anderson
Houston County, MN Biographies

Adolph J. Anderson, who is successfully engaged in operating a general stock farm of 216 acres in section 31 west, Houston township, was born on the old Anderson homestead in section 36 west, this township, Sept. 2, 1871, son of Sigurd and Jorane (Egland) Anderson. His education was acquired chiefly in the school of his district, but he also attended a term at the Rushford High School, in Fillmore county. Until the age of 21 he acted as his father's assistant on the home farm, and then became its active manager, operating it for six years. At the end of that time, about 1899, he bought 216 acres of his present farm in section 31 west, to which he has since added until he now has a whole half section of valuable land, with good buildings. He is carrying on a profitable business as a stock farmer, raising cattle, horses and swine, of the last mentioned stock usually keeping about fifty head. His greatest specialty is in raising choice potatoes, his product demanding the top prices in the best markets. In 1919 he had no less than twelve acres. In order to better accommodate the market and to sell at the best advantage, he has erected on his farm a good potato warehouse which is proving a great convenience. He is a member of the Shipping Association, has been a shareholder in the Houston Cream ery since its organization, and also holds stock in the elevator company. In politics he is an independent Republican, while his religious affiliations are with the Lutheran church. Mr. Anderson was married, Oct. 13, 1897, to Anna Halvorson, who was born in Norway, May 2, 1871, daughter of Even and Anna (Johnson) Halvorson, who were natives of Telemarken, Norway. The family came to the United States in 1878 when Anna was seven years old, locating immediately in Houston township, this county, where they engaged in farming, and where Mr. Halvorson died in November, 1915. Mrs. Johnson is still residing on the old homestead in Looney Valley, with her son Alfred. Her daughter Anna was the eldest of eight children and was educated in Houston township. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson: Lawrence, who is residing with his parents; Stanley Edwin, who died in 1902 at the age of two years; Alice Jeanette, Martha Elenora, Stella Bernice, Geneva Irene, Ruth E. and Reuben Elvin, twins, are residing on the home farm. The family have a high social standing, Mrs. Anderson having always taken an active part in church work and the Ladies' Aid Society.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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