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Information for Hans Christian Andersen
4 May 1855 - 27 November 1937
From The Caldwell News-Tribune
1 September 1937
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Hans Anderson Was
Early Settler Of
Parma District

     WILDER (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 Parma cemetery.
    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 community.
    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.
    On 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.


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