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Augustine E. Anderson 1875-1904


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/16/2014 at 01:12:44

Augustine Anderson Dead
A telegram received here this afternoon from Lake Preston, S.D., brought the sad news of the death of Augustine Anderson of pneumonia from which he had suffered some few weeks. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson of this county and a son-in-law of Supervisor Fitzgerald. Arrangements for bringing the remains to Estherville for burial are being made. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, December 14, 1904/ Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, December 14, 1904))

Augustine Anderson Dead
Died on Tuesday of Last Week of Typhoid Pneumonia
Augustine Anderson, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson of Ellsworth township, this county, died at his home near Lake Preston, S.Dak., on Tuesday evening of last week after an illness of less than three weeks. He was taken sick on Thanksgiving day with typhoid pneumonia and gradually grew worse until he died. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson went there as soon as they learned of his sickness and were with him and his family through his sickness and death. He was twenty-nine years of age. Four years ago last September he married Miss Helen Fitzgerald of Ellsworth township, and they moved to Dakota to reside. Deceased was a sober and industrious young man and has many friends who will regret to learn of his untimely death. He was born and raised in Emmet county and was highly respected by all who knew him. Besides a loving wife and child, Little Roscoe, one and one half years old, a father, mother, three brothers, William, Walter and Henry, and five sisters, Mrs. Holland, of Lake Preston, Mrs. Deck, of ruman, Minn., Mrs. B. Helgeson, of Lake Preston, S. Dak., and Emma Anderson, of Ellsworth township, are left to mourn his sudden demise. The remains were brought here for burial Thursday evening and funeral services held in the Lutheran church Saturday at twelve o’clock. The church was crowded with friends who had gathered to pay their last respects to the dead and the body was followed to its final resting place by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery north of this city. The sympathy of the entire community is extended the bereaved wife and relatives in their hours of sorrow.

The Lake Preston Times in speaking of his death has the following: “At his home, south of Lake Preston, South Dakota, on Tuesday evening, Dec. 13, 1904, occurred the death of Augustine E. Anderson, aged 29 years and 13 days. A young man in the prime of his life, full of activity, hope and with bright prospects ahead, has been called across the river of death.

Augustine Anderson was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson and was born at Estherville, Iowa, Nov. 3, 1875. He received his education and grew to maturity at the place of his birth. When twenty-three years of age, he came on a trip to this locality and purchased a quarter of land in Whitewood township, and in the spring of 1899 he left the parental fireside and came here to make a home for himself. He did everything he undertook well, and his home-making was no exception to the rule. In 1900, he purchased another quarter of land, giving him a half section farm, upon which he erected permanent buildings. In the fall of 1900, he went to Estherville where he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Fitzgerald. The happy young couple took up their residence on their farm at once. With tireless ambition, and with strict honor and integrity in every move, Augustine’s progress never waned. Just as he was in possession of a happy home, and such a start in life as but few young men of his age attain, and when he reached the point where he could take life easy and enjoy comfort, the death messenger came. He was taken with pneumonia on Thanksgiving, and was dangerously sick for several days, when he improved but only to show that he must suffer a run of typhoid fever. He was doubtful of his own recovery, fearing his strength could not withstand the disease. Early Tuesday morning, the fever took a turn upward and, although the doctor remained at his bedside and did all in his power to stem the tide, the end came quietly and peacefully just before six o’clock in the evening. Besides the heartbroken wife, deceased leaves a little son, Roscoe, one and a half years old (too young to know his loss,) and his father, mother, five sisters and three brothers to mourn his untimely death. His three brothers and one sister reside with his parents at the old home, four sisters are married, two live at Estherville and two, Mrs. P.T. Holland and Mrs. Bert Helgeson, reside here. The remains were taken to the old home in Estherville by this morning’s C.&N.W. passenger where the funeral will be held from the Lutheran church on Saturday. No services were held here, the relatives being so broken up over their loss and it being necessary to leave the farm very early this morning to catch the train. From Augustine’s first visit to South Dakota, the writer has enjoyed his personal friendship. His death is a great loss to the community. He was kind almost to a fault and the world is never over crowded with such people. Every neighbor and acquaintance was Augustine’s firm friend, and all join in extending the bereaved relatives the kindest of sympathy. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, December 21, 1904)

Death of Augustine E. Anderson
Augustine E. Anderson, died at his home in Kingsbury county, S.D. of typhoid pneumonia, on Tuesday, December 11, [13]aged 29 yearsa and 13 days.

Augustine Anderson was born in Ellsworth township, Emmet county, Nov. 30, 1875, being the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson. He grew to manhood on his father’s farm, always being diligent and faithful to every trust. His education was derived in the public schools of this county followed by two years term in college at Sioux Falls. He was married four years ago to Miss Helen Fitzgerald of Ellsworth township, and shortly afterward moved to Kingsbury county, S.D. where he engaged in farming. Word came from that section, to his friends here, that Augustine was prospering and getting along fine. He was taken sick on Thanksgiving day and was confined to his bed. About two weeks ago his father went up from here to lend what assistance lay in his power. He was known to be very sick, but when the announcement of his death came it did not seem possible to those who knew him as a rugged, healthy young man.

The remains arrived Thursday evening, accompanied by his wife and father, being met at the train by Mr. Fitzgerald and other friends. The funeral was held Saturday noon, at the Norwegian Lutheran church, Rev. T.C. Thompson conducting the services. Much of his life long friends being present to pay their respects.

The pall bearers were Emil Leo, Albert Brunsvold, Henry Thompson, Will Handgardner, Ben Trimble and Frank Sutton.

He leaves a wife, and son about a year and a half old, to mourn the loss of a loving husband and kind father. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, December 21, 1904)

Augustine Anderson Laid to Rest
The funeral of the late Augustine Anderson, whose death occurred at his farm near Lake Preston, S.D. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 [13], after a three weeks’ illness with pneumonia, was held from the Norwegian Lutheran church this city, Saturday last at noon and which was very largely attended and in the congregation of mourners was represented people from every walk of life in this city and county. Rev. Thompson officiated. The interment was made in the north side cemetery.

Deceased was born in Emmet county, November 30, 1875 and was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson, honored pioneers of this section of Iowa. At the age of twenty-three he went to South Dakota, settling near Lake Preston where he bought a 160 acre farm and at once set to work to develop it. He prospered so well that in 1900 he added another quarter section to his property and erected a fine home on this 320 acre tract. In 1900 he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Fitzgerald of Ellsworth township. To this union one child was born, Roscoe now aged one year and six months. Augustine and his wife prospered and were fast becoming wealthy people. The future for them was invitingly bright and full of golden promise and he had already taken rank as one of the very substantial men of Kingsbury county. But such is the vissitudes of life and we know not the time when the call will come and it is well too that the measure of our record here is in deeds not years. The career of this young gentleman was brief but in the short allotment of time since he became a man he had done much and well and gave most excellent promise as to his influence in the business and social relations had his life been spared.

No tribute of ours can add to the good name that he bore throughout the length and breadth of this county, his every act was a worthy one and no man, young or old, who knew him but was his friend. The closing lines in a long obituary notice in the Lake Preston Times read: “From Augustine’s first visit to South Dakota, the writer has enjoyed his personal friendship. His death is a loss to the community. He was kind almost to a fault and the world is never over-crowded with such people. Every neighbor and acquaintance was Augustine’s firm friend and all join in extending the bereaved relatives the kindest of sympathy.” Thus here and elsewhere he was beloved and esteemed and which are the tests by which to correctly measure character and the influence which comes with success honorably achieved. To the stricken family and in a special manner to the woman who loved him so truly and was his helpmate during a short and happy and successful period to the profound sympathy of this community is extended in the great sorrow which has come into their lives. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, December 21, 1904)


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