Otto Mandell, of Richland township, who has won a reputation as a successful and progressive farmer, was born
in Sweden on the 28th of February, 1870, a son of N. G. and Eva Peterson, who are still living in that country.
He has a half sister and two half brothers: Marie, who is the wife of August Nelson, of Burlington, Iowa; and Carl
and Eric, both living at Maxwell, Iowa.
Otto Randell attended school in Sweden until he was about fourteen years of age, after which he worked at odd jobs
until he was seventeen years old, when he enlisted in the army. He did military service for three years and after
his discharge from the army continued to live in Sweden for two years, but at the end of that time emigrated to
the United States and made his way to Illinois. He worked as a farm hand in that state for three years, after which
he came to Saunders county, Nebraska, where he was engaged at farm work until 1896. Since that time he has operated
a farm belonging to A. G. Quick, and his labors are rewarded by excellent crops.
On the 28th of September, 1900, Mr. Randell was married to Miss Ellen Quick, a daughter of A. G. and Louisa Quick
Her father came to the United States from Sweden in 1870 and homesteaded eighty acres of land in Saunders county,
to which he subsequently added a similar tract by purchase. Both he and his wife are still living and make their
home with our subject. They became the parents of the following children, those besides Mrs Randell being: Lina,
the wife of Swan Freeman, by whom she has two children; Tilda, who married Andrew Martinson, of Swedeburg; Althea,
the wife of Rev. F. O. Haultman, by whom she has four children; Emil, who married Sadie Rowel and has four children;
Eddie, who married Emma Carlson, a daughter of Andrew Carlson, and who has four children; and Minnie, who married
S. J. Anderson. Mr. and Mrs. Randell have five children: Ethel, Verlie and Rudolph, all of whom are attending school
in Swedeburg; and Dilver and Dewane.
Mr. Randell votes an independent ticket, as he believes the fitness of the candidate for the office in question
to be of more importance than his political affiliation. His religious faith is indicated in the fact that he holds
membership in the Swedish Mission church at Swedeburg. Both Mr. Randell and Mr. Quick came to this country without
capital, and the success which they have achieved is the direct result of their industry and wise management of
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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