Biography of Andrew C. Evanson
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Andrew C. Evanson, who is now living retired in Houston, after a successful career in the drug business, was born in Sheldon township, this county, Jan. 31, 1864, son of Christof and Birget (Anderson) Evanson. His education was acquired in the common schools of Sheldon township, which he attended until about 15 years old, at which time he sought and found employment in Houston. Here he learned the drug business, working twenty years for others, after which, in 1899, he engaged in the business for himself and so continued until his retirement in the fall of 1916. He has since remained practically unoccupied except for the performance of his duties as vice president of the Security Bank of Houston, in which institution he is a stockholder. His home is one of the most modern residences in the village. During his active career Mr. Evanson rendered efficient public service, serving nine years on the board of education,, as mayor of. Houston for a number of years, and also as village clerk. Prominent in the affairs of the Republican party in this region, he was chairman for some years of the Republican State Central Committee and for eight years was a member of the Republican Congressional Committee. His record as a business man and public spirited citizen stands high in the county. He has been for many years a member of the Masonic lodge in Houston and was the first member of Scandinavian birth to belong to it. He also belongs to the order of Yeomen and was the first foreman of the order here. Mr. Evanson was married November 26, 1888, to Clara Abrahamson, who was born in Houston, Minn., daughter of Isaac and Isabel (Anderson) Abrahamson. He and his wife have two children: Georgia Evangeline and Horton Kjerulf, both residing at home. Isaac Abrahamson, father of Mrs. Evanson, was born in Norway, as was also his wife, Isabel Anderson. He came to this county at an early date and was practically the first merchant in Houston, and served efficiently as a member of the village council. He is now living retired in Houston at the age of 86 years. Mrs. Abrahamson died in November, 1893.

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


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