Biography of A. G. Anderson
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A. G. Anderson, of Mariposa township, who owns four hundred acres of good land, was' born in Finneroja sicken. Skaraborgs lan, Sweden, August 28, 1844, a son of A. P. Anderson who emigrated to the United States in 1871 and during the remainder of his life made his home with our subject, passing away in 1907.

A. G. Anderson, who was the only child born to his parents, was educated in the schools of Sweden and subsequently worked as a farm hand until 1869, when he came to the United States. For one year he was employed in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, but in 1870 he continued his way westward and took up a homestead on section 4., Mariposa township, Saunders county, Nebraska. His first home was a dugout and he worked on the B. & M. Railroad in order to secure the necessary money for his living expenses. He spent enough time on the homestead to prove up on the place and subsequently devoted his entire attention to its development. For five years he lived in a dugout and then erected a substantial frame dwelling. He also built barns and outbuildings and planted a number of trees, thus increasing both the value and the attractiveness of his farm. He had the usual experiences of the pioneer and also suffered from the grasshopper plague which devoured every green leaf about the place in two hours. During the days when there were many difficulties to be overcome he persevered, having faith in the ultimate prosperity of the region, and the years have proved the soundness of his judgment. He now owns four hundred acres of well improved land which yields him a handsome income. He carries on general farming, although formerly he devoted a great deal of attention to feeding stock for the market.

On the 13th of January, 1876, Mr. Anderson was united in marriage to Miss Christina Jacobson, who was born in Sweden but came to the United States in 1872. She passed away January 22, 1907. Their first child. Oscar F., who was born January 13, 1877, died in May, 1877. Their other son, Herman David, was born March 27, 1878, and married Miss Amanda Peterson, June 8, 1904. To this union have been born three children. Luella, Harold and Dorothy.

Mr. Anderson has been a lifelong republican and is stanch in his advocacy of the principles of that party. His religious faith is indicated by the fact that he holds membership in the Lutheran church. He has served as trustee of his church and takes a keen interest in the moral and religious advancement of the community. He and his son are farming in partnership and are recognized among the progressive and efficient agriculturists of the county.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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