Revered as a pioneer of Polk county, successful in business and enterprising and broad minded in regard to public
affairs, the late Andrew Steenerson of Climax was esteemed during his life as one of the connty ‘s nseful and progressive
citizens, and he is remembered since his death with cordial appreciation as a man of sterling worth, steadfast
integrity and a citizenship that was elevated in itself and elevating in its influence on others.
Mr. Steenerson was native to the soil of Minnesota and from it drew the invigorating forces that gave him his stature
and his strength. He was born in Houston county February 9, 1855, and became a resident of Polk county in 1875,
when he was about twenty years old. Soon after his arrival in this county he took up a homestead of 160 acres near
Climax, and this he increased by purchases made later until he became the owner of 480 acres, of which he was the
possessor at the time of his death, which occurred in Climax, at the attractive home he had built there, on May
18, 1908. Mr. Steenerson was a brother of Elias Steenerson, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere and in which a full
history of the family is given.
After living on his homestead for a number of years Mr. Steenerson moved to Crookston and became a dealer in farm
machinery. He adhered to this line of mercantile life for five or six years, then returned to his farm and continued
to live on it until 1901, when he changed his residence to Climax, where he passed the remainder of his days. He
was always public-spirited and progressive in the affairs of the locality of his home, wherever it was, and among
the public positions he held was the office of sheriff of Polk county, which he filled with great acceptability
for two years. His untimely death at the early age of fifty three, when he was at the height of his vigor and the
full measure of his usefulness, was universally lamented.
On October 10, 1881, Mr. Steenerson was united in marriage with Miss Bertha Flang, who was born in Norway and came
with her parents to the United States when she was about twelve years of age. The family located in Ottertail county,
Minnesota, and there Mrs. Steenerson lived ten years, changing her residence to Polk county about 1879. She and
her husband became the parents of seven children, four of whom are living: Steener, who is a resident of Crookston;
Arne, who has his home at Climax; Nora, who is a school teacher, and Oretta, who is stifi living at home. The other
three children died when they were very young. Mrs. Stecnerson is a Lutheran in religious affiliation, and is earnestly
interested in church work. She takes an active part in the activities of several of the agencies at work in the
community for the good of its people, and is highly respected by all classes of them.
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