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Carrie Kittelson Anderson 1851-1941


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/16/2014 at 01:48:14

Mrs. Anderson, 89, Pioneer of County is Dead
Oldest Member of Lutheran Church
Mrs. Nels Anderson, 89, died at 7:45 a.m. Sunday. She was the oldest member of the Estherville Lutheran church and had come to this county as a pioneer in 1870, arriving in a covered wagon.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Frank Sutton home and at 2:30 in the Estherville Lutheran church.

Mrs. Anderson was born Sept. 23, 1851, the eldest daughter of Erik and Martha Kittelsen, pioneers who came here from Allamakee county, Iowa, in 1870. Her parents settled on a farm north of Estherville. The Lutheran cemetery was donated by her parents, as it was a part of their homestead.

She married Nels Anderson, March 20, 1873, and lived on a farm in Ellsworth township for 43 years. In 1916 they purchased a home on North Sixth street in Estherville where Mr. Anderson died Oct. 8, 1929. Mrs. Anderson continued to live there until May, 1936, when she moved to the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sutton.

She is survived by nine children. The eldest son passed away in Lake Preston, S.D., in 1904 at the age of 29. One sister, Mrs. Emma Hauge of Hawarden, Ia., also survives. The eight living sons and daughters are Mrs. P.T. Holland, Lake Preston, S.D.; Mrs. Bert Helgeson, Marshalltown; Mrs. Wesley Sutton, Mrs. Frank Sutton, Henry Anderson and William R. Anderson of Estherville; and Walter Anderson of Muskegon, Mich. There are also 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, July 7, 1941)

Aged Lady Is Called To Reward
Mrs. Nels Anderson Passed Away Sunday Morning After Extended Illness; Funeral Services Wed
After an illness of long duration, Mrs. Nels Anderson passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Sutton, Sunday morning at 7:45 o’clock at the Sutton home, and at 2:30 in the new Estherville Lutheran church. Burial will be in the Norwegian cemetery beside the body of her husband, who passed away in May, 1936.

Kari Anderson, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erik Kittleson [Kittelson], pioneer settlers, was born in Allamakee county on September 23, 1851. When she was a young lady of 19 her parents came to Emmet county in a covered wagon and settled on a farm north of Emmet county. The Norwegian cemetery was donated by her parents and was a part of their homestead.

On March 20, 1873, she was united in marriage to Nels Anderson. They settled on a farm in Ellsworth township, where they lived for 43 years. In 1916 they purchased a home in Estherville, on north Sixth street, where they lived after retiring from the farm. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Anderson continued to live in her home in Estherville until 1936 when she went to make her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sutton.

Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson. The oldest son passed away at Lake Preston, So. Dakota, in 1904 at the age of 29 years. Surviving their mother are five daughters, Mrs. P.T. Holland, of Lake Preston, S.D., Mrs. J.W. Deck, of Owatonna, Minn., Mrs. Bert Helgeson of Marshalltown, Mrs. Wesley Sutton and Mrs. Frank Sutton, both of Estherville and three sons, Walter Anderson, of Muskegon, Mich., Henry Anderson and William Anderson of Estherville. One sister also survives, Mrs. Emma Hauge of Hawardn, and there are 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Anderson was a woman who was held in the highest respect and admiration of all who knew her. Her early years of pioneering and hardship had strengthened and fortified her for the later years of life when she was able to struggle through sickness and pain. Throughout her many years of illness and suffering she has been patient and calm, enduring whatever was her lot without complaint or resentment. Early in her life she united with the Lutheran church and has remained true to her religious principles and ideals throughout her entire life. She was the oldest member of the local Estherville Lutheran church. Many persons and organizations have enjoyed her gifts and generosity both in time and money and although during the latter years she has been unable to meet with her various friends and groups, she has followed closely their activities and has helped them whenever possible. Her absence will be keenly noted by her friends as well as by her family, who have done everything possible to make her last days the happiest and most comfortable possible. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, July 8, 1941)


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