OLOF M. ANDERSON.
Among the natives of Sweden who have found in Saunders county the opportunities which they desired and who through
taking advantage of those opportunities have gained financial independence is Olof M. Anderson. one of the leading
farmers of Richland precinct. He has thoroughly identified his interests with those of his county and is held in
high esteem by his fellow citizens. He was born on the 25th of October, 1866, in Sweden, and is a son of Andrew
and Mary Martinson, the former of whom is still living in that country, while the latter died there in 1913.
Mr. Anderson passed the period of his minority under the parental roof and until about sixteen years of age devoted
much of his time to attending the public schools. After putting aside his textbooks he assisted his father with
the labor of the farm for two years and then worked out until he was twenty one years old. In March, 1888, he came
to the United States and, making his way to the middle west, settled in Saunders county, Nebraska, where for a
year he was employed on a railroad. He then rented one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he cultivated for
a year, after which he operated Hans Hockinson's farm for a similar length of time. He next took up his residence
on one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 14, Richland precinct, which is still his home. In addition to
that quarter section he owns forty acres west of Swedeburg and he receives a gratifying annual return from his
land, which is in a high state of cultivation. He has erected all of the buildings upon his place and the improvements
thereon are valued at seven thousand dollars. His residence is thoroughly modern, being supplied with those conveniences
which are often associated only with city houses. He keeps everything about the farm in excellent condition and
carefully conserves the fertility of the soil. He is alert and progressive, being at all times ready to adopt new
methods which seem an improvement over the old. He facilitates his work by the use of up to date machinery and
finds his Overland car a good business investment as well as a source of a great deal of pleasure.
Mr. Anderson was married on the 25th of May, 1889, to Miss Cecelia Gibson, a daughter of Martin Gibson, and they
have become the parents of three sons: Edward B., who married Miss Gertrude Johnson, by whom he has a daughter,
Bernice; Oscar W.; and Ludwig.
Mr. Anderson is independent in politics, voting for the best man irrespective of his party affiliations. He is
greatly interested in local public affairs and for one year served efficiently as road supervisor. The principles
which govern his conduct in all relations of life are found in the teachings of the Swedish Mission church and
he is an active member of the congregation at Swedeburg, to the support of which he contributes generously. As
the years have passed his resources have increased and he is now one of the well to do men of the county. In 1909
he took a trip to Sweden and greatly enjoyed visiting the scenes of his childhood. However, he has never regretted
his emigration to this country and he can be counted upon to aid in movements that seek the advancement of his
community along either material or moral lines. He is well known and his personal friends are many.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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