Andrew W. Anderson, who for many years was identified with agricultural pursuits in Jefferson county, was one
of the estimable citizens Sweden has furnished Iowa. His birth occurred on the 14th of February, 1856, his parents
being Karl and Mary C. (Anderson) Anderson, also natives of Sweden. The father engaged in farming in his native
land until 1877 when he and his wife emigrated to the United States. During the early months of his residence here
he worked at various occupations by the day, subsequently obtaining a position in a section crew on the Chicago,
Burlington & Quincy Railroad. He was accidentally killed while at his work by a passing train, about 1879.
The mother later married Joseph Peterson and continues to make her home in Lockridge.
The first sixteen years of his life Andrew W. Anderson spent amid the scenes of his birth, obtaining his education
in the common schools of his native land. An ambitious, energetic lad, he was not content with conditions in the
old country and from his earliest youth directed his efforts, toward acquiring sufficient money to bring him to
America, the land, as he felt, not only of promise but of fulfillment. His dream was realized in 1872 and he crossed
the Atlantic with the United States as his destination. Upon his arrival here he made his way inland to Jefferson
county, where an uncle, John Anderson, owned and operated a farm located in Lockridge township. He immediately
obtained employment by the month as a farm hand, and for many years was in the service of Mr. John Heron. He never
forgot his parents in the old country and sent them a portion of his wages each month until they, too, were able
to become citizens of the new world. By means of industry and thrift he eventually accumulated sufficient capital
to enable him to begin operations for himself and he rented the farm of John Anderson, which he cultivated for
two years. Intense and attentive cultivation proved so remunerative under his capable supervision that he was in
a position at the expiration of that period to buy eighty acres of land in Round Prairie township. He continued
to operate this place until 1901, and in April of that year he sold his farm and moving to Lockridge purchased
one and a quarter acres of land, upon which he erected a fine residence. There he lived, retired, enjoying the
ease and comfort provided by the fruits of his early toil, until he passed away on Thursday, February 24, 1910.
For his wife Mr. Anderson chose Miss Carrie D. Reeder, to whom he was united on March 27, 1884. Mrs. Anderson is
a daughter of Lewis and Sarah S. (Shanberger) Reeder, natives of Germany. The father emigrated to this country
in a very early day, first locating in Pennsylvania whence he later removed to Jefferson county, where he bought
and operated a farm during the remainder of his active life. In 1885 he retired to Lockridge and there he passed
away four years later at the age of seventy seven years. Mrs. Reeder had passed the eighty seventh milestone on
life's journey at the time of her demise on October 4, 1907. The father was one of the prominent citizens of the
county, always having taken an active part in all political affairs, and for some years represented his district
in the state assembly.
Mr. Anderson always gave his political support to the republican party, but was too deeply engrossed in the development
of his private interests to figure as candidate for any public office in his township. He was an earnest member
of the Lutheran church, as is also his widow, who numbers among the members of its congregation many friends of
long years standing.
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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