Biography of John E. Anderson
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John E. Anderson, a general farmer owning 260 acres of land in Yucatan township, of which 220 acres are in section 12, where he resides, and 40 acres in section 2, was born at Getbur, in Halland, Sweden, June 2, 1866, son of Charles G. and Mollie Anderson. His mother dying when he was a boy, the father married for. his second wife, Bertha Stena Johnson, and in 1880 emigrated with his family to Houston county, Minn., locating first in Looney Valley, Houston township, and two years later removing to Yucatan township, taking land on Oak Ridge, where he developed a farm. He died in 1913, but his wife Bertha is still living and is residing with her son Alec in Yucatan township. John E. Anderson first attended school in Sweden and after coming to Houston county, attended district school for two terms in Looney Valley. Until the age of 29 years he resided on the farm with his father and stepmother, and then married and engaged in farming for himself on Oak Ridge. For the first seven years he operated rented land and then bought 160 acres in section 2, Yucatan township, residing on that farm for six years. He then moved to his present location, where he is engaged in general farming on the two farms above mentioned, both of which are well improved. He is doing a successful business and is numbered among the prosperous citizens of his township. At the present time he is serving as treasurer of his school district. He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church at Houston. Mr. Anderson was married April 12, 1897, to Martha Ellefson, who was born in Skeln, Norway, daughter of Ellef and Martha Ellef son. Her mother dying in 1866, she accompanied her father to this country two years later, the surviving members of the family, which included seven children, settling first on Highland Prairie, this county, but soon after removing to Yucatan Valley. After working out for three years the father bought a farm on Oak Ridge, Yucatan township, where he resided until 1906, when he removed to the state of Washington. Two or three years later he took up his residence in Montana, where he died Feb. 12, 1911, after a year's residence there. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are the parents of seven children, all residing at home, namely: Mollie, Carl, Stella, Elmer, Arthur, Henry and Gertie.

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


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