Theodore Ferdinand Anderson, who is a highly esteemed resident of Colon, holds title to three hundred and twenty
acres of excellent land in Center precinct. He was born in Sweden on the 25th of January, 1846, a son of Anders
and Anna (Odahi) Munson, who passed their entire lives in that country. The father was a farmer by occupation and
gained a fair measure of success. In the family were nine children, namely: Anders Peter and Carl August, both
deceased; John Alfred, who is living in Sweden; Gustave A., who is deceased; Frand Otto, who is living in Sweden;
Theodore Ferdinand; Anna Christina and Mary Matilda, both of whom have passed away; and Sophia, who is living in
Theodore Ferdinand Anderson was educated in the common schools of his native land and remained at home until he
was twenty one years of age. He then emigrated to the United States and, making his way to the middle west, located
in Marquette, Michigan, where he worked in the mines for a year. He next went to Knox county, Missouri, where he
worked on the railroad for six months. At the end of that time he came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and took up
a homestead on section 2, Center precinct. For the first two years he lived in a dugout but at the end of that
time he prospered sufficiently to erect a good farm house. He resided upon his place until 1905, when he removed
to Colon, where he is now living. He holds title to three hundred and twenty acres of excellent land, from which
he derives a good income. He has followed general farming rather than specializing in the raising of grain or stock
and has employed up to date methods in his farm work. He also owns an excellent residence in Colon, and his success
is the more noteworthy in that he is a self made man.
In 1871 Mr. Anderson was married to Miss Albertina Wahl, who was born in Sweden. They have become the parents of
six children: William, who is residing near Colon; John Oscars, who lives two and a half miles south of Wahoo;
Anna, the wife of Emil Milton, who resides on our subject's homestead; Ada, the wife of Albert Manson, who lives
four miles north and one mile east of Colon; Hilma, who married Harry Shepherd, who is cultivating land belonging
to our subject; and Josephine, the wife of Harry Dannahy, station agent at Cornlea, this state.
Mr. Anderson has supported the republican party since becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States and has
served acceptably on the town board of Colon. Both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church, and
he was one of the organizers of the local church, of which he is an elder. In all relations of life his conduct
has measured up to high standards of manhood, and he is sincerely respected by all who know him.
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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