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Andrew M Sundberg


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 6/1/2010 at 19:49:20

Andrew M Sundberg has been successfully engaged in the furniture and undertaking business at Madrid for nearly a third of a century and is the proprietor of one of the largest and best establishments of the kind in the county. His birth occurred in Sweden August 25, 1859, his parents being J H and Anna L (Peterson) Sundberg, likewise natives of that country. The father emigrated to the United States in 1870, and the following year his wife ad children joined him in the new world. The family home was maintained in Chicago, Illinois, until the fall of 1878, when they came to Boone county, Iowa, locating at Madrid where J H Sundberg passed away on April 9, 1908, while his wife was called to her final rest on August 20, 1891. They were the parents of five children as follows: Andrew M of this review, Mrs Matilda Lundahl, who is a resident of Madrid, Iowa, Oscar also living in Madrid, Samuel who makes his home in Garden township, and Anna living in Madrid. The three eldest children are natives of Sweden and the two younger were born in Chicago.
Andrew M Sundberg, who was a youth of twelve when he came with his mother to America, had begun his education in the common schools of his native land, but continued his studies in Chicago. Since the fall of 1878 he has resided continuously in Madrid, Iowa. In 1882, when a young man of twenty-three yeas, he embarked in the furniture and undertaking business and has conducted and establishment of that character to the present time, now caring one of the most extensive and carefully selected stocks to be found in Boone county. He also handles carpets, rugs and linoleums and is accorded a liberal patronage that is well merited and brings him a gratifying financial income. Mr Sundberg owns his stock and the building in which his business is conducted, this being one of the best business structures in Madrid. He likewise has personal property elsewhere in the city, is a shareholder and director of the Madrid State Bank and also owns a modern home in Madrid. He has accumulated a competency by dint of untiring industry and unfaltering perseverance and his highly respected as a self made an whose success is the legitimate reward of his own efforts.
On May 22, 1884, in Madrid, Iowa, Mr Sundberg was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Dalander, who was born in that city on October 18, 1861, her parents being Eric and Eva E (Swanson) Dalander. The father was born in Sweden in 1814, while the motherís birth occurred in that country in 1836. Eric Dalander emigrated to the United States in 1846 and made his way directly to what is now Madrid, Boone county, Iowa entering the land where the city now stands. He and his wife were the earliest settlers of Madrid, the latter making the first transfer of real estate in Boone county. The deed is in possession of the Madrid Historical Society. Mr Dalander engaged in the milling business in Madrid, operating the first steam mill at this place. His demise occurred here in January 29, 1893, but his widow survives and yet makes her home in Madrid. He was twice married and by his first wife had one son, John who is a resident of Kansas. By his second marriage he had the following children: Mrs Annie E Nelson, living in Madrid, Iowa, Mrs Clara Jacobson, who is deceased, Mrs Caroline Sundberg, E P who was born on July 10, 1864, and now serves as postmaster of Madrid, S A a druggist of Madrid, Dr C A who was born on July 11, 1869 and died in Des Moines, Iowa April 12, 1906, Z W born January 20, 1872 who resides in Madrid this state, Minnie M who was born on January 19, 1876, and makes her home with her mother in Madrid, and Clara who died in infancy. Mrs Sundberg attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and has always remained a resident of this county. By her marriage she has become the mother of five children, namely: Joseph Edwin, who was born July 12, 1885, and assists his father in the furniture business in Madrid, Mrs Ellen Pearson, residing Madrid, whose natal day was June 29, 1887, twin daughters who were born December 5, 1890, and have passed away. And Esther who was born September 12, 1893, and is attending Drake University at Des Moines. These children were born and reared in Madrid and completed the course of study in the city schools.
Mr Sundberg gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has served as a member of the town council for fifteen years, while for the past twenty years he has acted as secretary of the school board. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in St Johnís Lutheran church of Madrid, to which his wife also belongs. His lie in all of this phases has commanded the respect and confidence of his fellowmen, and he now ranks high among the prominent and valued citizens of Madrid and Boone county.

1914 Boone County History Book


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