- NICHOLAS ANDERSON, who ranks high in Jordan township, Green
county, as an all-round
- farmer, dairyman and cheese manufacture, is a native of Krydsherets,
Christiania, Norway, born April 15, 1849.
- Anders NARVESON, his father, was born Aug. 18, 1825, Near
Christiania, Norway, a son of
- Narve NARVESON, who died in Norway at the age of ninety-six.
Maria ELLINGSON, wife of Anders NARVESON, was born in 1818, and
died in 1897, in Cottonwood Co., Minn. They had four children:
Nicholas, who will be more fully spoken of farther on; Julia,
wife of Anders C. ANDERSON, of the town of Ann, Cottonwood Co.,
Minn.; Mary, wife of John SVENSON, living in Minnesota; and Jennie,
deceased in childhood. Anders NARVESON still lives in the town
of Ann, Cottonwood Co., Minnesota.
- Nicholas ANDERSON, whose name introduces these lines, when
twenty-one years old, in 1870,
- came to the United States, settling in Wisconsin, where,
in Green county, he took up farming pursuits. In 1875 he and
his entire family removed to Cottonwood county, Minn., but in
1884 they returned to Green county and settled on the old ERICKSON
homestead, where he has since made his home. He owns a fine farm
of 160 acres, under excellent cultivation, and supplied with
a comfortable dwelling, also commodious barns and other outbuildings.
- On Jan. 28, 1872, Nicholas ANDERSON married Miss Julia ERICKSON,
of Jordan township,
- Green county, born Sept. 18, 1851, a daughter of Thore and
Annie (OLSON) ERICKSON, the former of whom came from Norway to
Green county, Wis., in 1848. They were married Feb. 5, 1850,
and settled on the farm now owned and occupied by our subject.
They have seven children, five of whom are yet living: Julia,
wife of Nicholas ANDERSON; Erick ERICKSON, in Rockford, Ill.;
Ole, in North Dakota; Mary, the wife of Ole JOHNSON, of Cottonwood
county, Minn.; and Andrew, a farmer of Winota township, Lafayette
county. The father of these died on the old home place in Jordan
township, Green county, in 1885, the mother passing away in 1893.
To Nicholas ANDERSON and his wife have been born fourteen children,
eleven of whom are still living: (1) Albert, born Jan. 20, 1873,
married Clara JACOBSON, and they reside in Argyle, Lafayette
county. (2) Thomas, born Aug. 8, 1874, lives in Montana. (3)
Edward, born Jan. 7, 1876, married Amelia JACKSON, of Jordan
township, Green county. (4) Carl J., born Jan. 1, 1878, is at
home. (5) Olaf N. was born Sept. 5, 1879. (6) Nettie G., Oct.
7, 1881. (7) Emma A., May 6, 1884. (8) Gena Maria, Aug. 14, 1885.
(9) Alma Laura, Jan. 20, 1889. (10) Otto L., Feb. 26, 1890; and
(11) Clara M., Nov. 6, 1893. Among those deceased was Anna Lenora,
a twin sister of Alma Laura. Mr. ANDERSON is a firm believer
in practical education for his children. Thomas and Edward attended
the short course of Agriculture, at Madison, Wis., in 1895-1896;
and Olaf N. attended the Toland's Business University, at Monroe,
Wis. in the year of 1899-1900.
- Mr. ANDERSON is a member of the Lutheran Church. He is a
Republican in politics, and has
- served in Jordan as school director, road overseer and in
other offices with ability and fidelity. While living in Cottonwood
county, Minn., he served as chairman of the town of Ann, supervisor,
and justice of the peace. He has participated in many political
conventions, including the State Republican convention of 1900,
at which he was one of the sturdy supporters of Gov. R. M. La
Follette, and has always exerted a marked influence in the local
affairs of his community.
- Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of
the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin,"
(c)1901 Union Publishing; pp. 886-887.
- Courtesy of Carol.