(Special to the News-Tribune) - Funeral services for Hans
Christian Andersen, a resident of Idaho since 1905, were held
Tuesday afternoon at the Parma Community church. The
Parma I. O. O. F. lodge of which he was a member for many
years had charge of the service and Dr. H. H. Hayman of the
College of Idaho preached the sermon. Burial was in the
Hans Christian Andersen
was born on May 4, 1855 in Denmark and died at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. J. Frank Brown near Wilder on November 27,
1937, at the age of 82 years, 6 months and 23 days. He
came to the United States in 1877, engaged in construction
work and helped in the building of the Canadian and Northern
Pacific railroad. Later he became interested in the
raising of livestock in western North Dakota. In 1905,
Mr. Andersen left North Dakota and settled in the Parma
It was on Mr. Andersen's farm
that the Roswell-Parma picnic was held for twelve consecutive
years, beginning in 1906. The last year the picnic was
held there more than 5000 attended the gathering.
In 1918 the property was sold and the family moved to Seattle
but returned in 1927 and since that time Mr. Andersen has
lived with Mrs. Brown and her family.
February 16, 1936, Mr. Andersen fell while returning from a
visit to a near neighbor and fractured a hip. Since that
time he has been unable to walk. The past three months
he was confined to his bed.
On July 18,
1890 he was married to Mrs. Anderson in North Dakota and to
the union were born two daughters and seven sons, two of whom
preceded their father in death. Surviving Mr. Andersen
are his wife, Mrs. Julie S. Andersen of Wilder; his children,
Mrs. R. W. Bruce of Chicago, Mrs. Brown of Wilder, J.
Sigurt Andersen of Pasadena, Cal., J. C. Andersen and R. E.
Andersen, both of Seattle, S. P. Andersen of Kent, Wash., and
Ellis Andersen of Boise, and several grandchildren.
All of the children with the exception of Mrs. Bruce, who
visited here recently, were in attendance at the funeral.