Torkel G. Anderson, a successful farmer and well known citizen of Bygland township, is one of the pioneers of
the county, having settled on the land which is his present home in 1874. He was born in Norway, October 30, 1852,
and in 1861, a lad of nine years, accompanied his family to Dane county, Wisconsin. Five years later, his father,
Gunder Anderson, removed to Stearns county, Minnesota, and there resided until 1876, when he followed his son to
Polk county arid bought forty acres of railroad land in Fisher township, on the Red Lake river and continued to
reside there until his death in 1909, at the age of eighty-two. Another son, A. G. Anderson. also located in Fisher
township in 1876. where he is a well known farmer and a daughter, Gunhild, became the wife of Ole Paulson. Torkel
Anderson made the trip to Minnesota and later from Stearns county to Polk county by the primitive use of ox teams
and in the fall of 1874 drove oxen through to Winnipeg, where scarcity of supply and abundance of demand, enabled
him to secure from $180 to $200 for a team. His homestead lay in section ten of Bygland township and he later bought
a quarter section of railroad land in section eleven. During the first years of his operations he suffered loss
of crops through hail and endured the various hardships which visit the pioneer farmer, slowly winiiing his way.
by unfailing industry and thrift to success and prosperity. For eighteen years. he operated a threshing outfit
and owned the first steam thresher in the township and has invested extensively in farm machinery, availing himself
of advanced and efficient methods in agricultural activities. He has given partieular attention to the raising
of small grain and also has his place well stocked with cattle and horses. Mr. Anderson is a man whose enterprise
and ability have carried his influence and activity beyond the marked success of his private interests and have
made him a leader in the promotion of best interests and progress of the community in whieb he lives. He has given
able service on the township board and was active in the organization and building of the local church, of which
he is still a loyal supporter. He was united in marriage to Miss Aspar Isaacson, whose death occurred in 1908.
Six children were born to this union, of whom five survive, Torand, the wife of Ben Krostne, of Thief River Falls;
Gunder, who is living at the same place; Isaac, Toney, and Birget, who live in Dakota, the former being the wife
of Mr. Gunderson; and Nera, who resides in Bygland township. A son Ormand, died in his sixteenth year. Isaac Anderson
lives on the home farm and is associated with his father in its management. He was married to Julia Qualiek and
they have five children, Tovald, Aspar, Emma, Oscar and Anna.
Compendium of History and Biography
of Polk County, Minnesota
Maj. R. I. Holcombe, Historical Editor
William H. Bingham, Feneral Editor
W. H. Bingham & Co.
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906