J.M. Anderson


J. M. Anderson, one of the most progressive, energetic and successful farmers of Paint Creek township, is operating on section 4 one hundred and twenty acres of the farm upon which he has resided since he was three years of age. He was born in Jefferson township, Allamakee county, on the 24th of November, 1866, and is a son of Martin Anderson, who was born in Nordre Land, Norway, on the 11th of January, 1836, and as a young man came to the United States, settling in Allamakee county, Iowa, June 24, 1857. He was entirely penniless and still owed the money for his passage across the ocean, but with characteristic energy he set himself to improve and develop the tract of sixty acres of wild land in Jefferson township which he took up. There he made his home for seven years, after which, in 1869, he moved to a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section, Paint Creek township, to which he later added eighty acres adjoining and another eighty acres in Center township. This property he made in the course of years one of the finest in this part of Iowa and upon it he made his home for many years. He wedded Miss Anna Christoferson, who was born in Norway, September 29, 1837, and died September 3, 1898. In their family were eleven children: Mrs. H. J. Busness, of Paint Creek township; Christina, deceased; Mrs. S. T. Rickensrud, of Fosston, Minnesota; Albert M., of Paint Creek township; J. M., of this review; Anton, who has passed away; Olaf, of Center township; Mrs. Edward Busness, also of Paint Creek township; Nellie, who is a nurse in a hospital at La Crosse, Wisconsin; Laura, of Sioux City, Iowa; and Mrs. E. T. Rickensrud, of Jefferson township. After the death of his first wife Martin Anderson sold his land to his sons and took a trip to Norway, where he was again married. He and his wife now reside in Allamakee county, in a house on the farm belonging to his son Olaf.

J. M. Anderson was three years of age when his parents moved to Paint Creek township and upon the homestead he grew to manhood, aiding in its operation and acquiring his education in the district schools. When he began his independent career he already understood farming in principle and detail, having been reared to that occupation, and he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of the old homestead, which he has since cultivated and developed. Upon this property he has made substantial improvements, erecting barns and outbuildings, all modern and in good repair, and installing the necessary labor-saving machinery to facilitate the work of the fields. He has met with excellent success in his farming and stock-raising, both branches of his business proving under his able management important and profitable.

Mr. Anderson married Miss Martha E. Busness on the 8th of April, 1896, a native of Allamakee county and a daughter of Ole and Martha Busness, now deceased, who came as early settlers to Paint Creek township. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have six children, Leonard, Alfred, Edna, Eveline, Leonora and Rudolph. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Lutheran church and gives his political allegiance to the republican party, serving as present as school director. His life has been such as to merit the respect of the people among whom it has been to a great extent passed, and by his honesty, uprightness and industry he has contributed much toward the upbuilding of the community of which he is a representative citizen.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Jan Miller

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