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Anfin Anderson
Trondhjem, Norway

Anfin Anderson, now living retired in the village of Meridean after a long and active career, first as a lumber and mill worker and later as a farmer, was born near Trondhjem, Norway, June 20, 1845. 

He was educated in his native land and was there confirmed in the Lutheran Church. Coming to America in 1967, he located in Menomonie, Wis., and worked there seven months for Knapp, Stout & Co., that winter attending English school in the town of Peru. During the following summer he worked in Porter's Mills in Eau Claire County, and in 1869, 1870 and 1871 was employed in the sawmills at old Meridean. He then began farming in the town of Peru, buying 55 acres of land in Section 11, on which he erected buildings and where in time he developed a good farm. Selling it in 1894, he bought 120 acres in the town of Rock Creek, which farm he later enlarged by the purchase of an additional tract of 125 acres, carrying on general agriculture there until 1904. He then sold that farm also and went to the state of Washington, but in September, the same year, returned to Wisconsin and bought 40 acres of land near Mondovi in Buffalo County, in which vicinity his son Anton owned a farm of 170 acres. Mr. Anderson purchased that farm, which he operated until 1920, when he sold it and until April, 1923, lived retired in the village of Mondovi, when he came to Meridean, where he bought the residence he now occupies.

Mr. Anderson has been described as a gentleman of the old school, fond of good literature and all those things which elevate the mind and refine the manners but which are too often neglected in the struggle for the material benefits of life. He was married in October, 1871, to Louisa Olson, who was born in Norway, Oct. 20, 1845. After living together in happy wedlock for 46 years, they were separated by death, Mrs. Anderson passing away on Jan. 20, 1918. 

They had been the parents of four children, Anton, Mary, Ole and Nels.  Anton, a resident of Mondovi, Buffalo County, married Lizzie Fitzgerald, but has no children. Mary, who married Ole Austinson, died in August 1909, leaving four children, Mabel, Alice, John and Marion. Ole, who married Agnes Johnson, died in Montana, Dec. 8, 1918, their surviving children being Lyle, Kermit, Robert and Ogden. Nels died in 1887. Thus, of Mr. Anderson's immediate family, he and his son Anton are the only surviving members, but the grandchildren bid fair to perpetuate the family stock and do it full credit.

Extracted from the History of Dunn County, Wisconsin (1925), p. 866

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