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Anders Johan Eriksson (John Dalander) was born on May 16, 1825, in Vasterlosa Parish, Ostergotland, Sweden. His parents were Erik Eriksson and Anna Larsdotter (Dalander). He died January 21, 1873, at Swede Point, Boone County, Iowa, and was buried in Dalander Cemetery.

On September 11, 1852, he married Anna Maria Anderson, in Boone County. She was born in Malexander Parish, Ostergotland, Sweden on November 12, 1832. Her parents were Anders Carlson and Stina Olafsdotter. She died on November 18, 1828, in Madrid, just after her 96th birthday, and was buried in Dalander Cemetery.

John worked as a carpenter's apprentice in Linkoping, Sweden, and received his passport to emigrate on May 15, 1846. He was in the group of Swedish settlers led by his mother, who set sail from Goteborg, Sweden, in the "Augusta." They arrived in New York on August 12, 1846, and traveled by water routes to Keokuk, Iowa. From there, the group traveled overland, following the Des Moines River to Boone County.

In America, John's family called themselves Dalander, and his name then became Andrew John Dalander. Soon, John moved to Fairfield in Jefferson County, and opened a partnership with Carl Johan Cassel in furniture, carpentry, and cabinetmaking. He remained in Fairfield at least until 1850, but returned to Boone County in 1852, when he was married there. Andrew served as the administrator of his brother, Lars Peter Dalander's, estate soon after. John farmed in Section 26, of what is now Douglas Township. In 1855, he and his two surviving brothers, and C. J. Cassel built and operated the first lumber mill in Swede Point. Within two years, they sold it, and it was moved to Dallas County in 1858. In 1857, John, C. J. Cassel, and his brothers built the first steam flouring mill in the county, which they operated until it was sold in 1868, and moved to Boone. John was the first person in Boone County to become a naturalized citizen.

John served in the Infantry during the Civil War. He enlisted with the Union Army on August 11, 1862, in Company D of the 23rd Infantry Iowa Volunteers. He was mustered into the service of the U.S. on October 6, 1862, at Camp Franklin in Dubuque. During the Civil War, his unit took part in, among other engagements, the Battle of Pleasant Hill. Andrew was mustered out of the army in Davenport May 9, 1865.

John and Anna were charter members of St. John's Lutheran Church, which was organized in their home on October 18, 1859. Andrew was the chorister for the congregation, since he had a fine voice and sang the chorals well. In 1866, Andrew was chosen as the chief architect and builder of the permanent church building 50' x 30' x 20', with a 60-foot steeple.

The children of John and Anna were:

Anna Joanna Dalander, born in Swede Point August 16, 1853, and died in Madrid December 24, 1932; unmarried. Zachariah Dalander, born in Swede Point July 14, 1855, and died in Douglas Township September 1, 1935; unmarried.

Erick J. Dalander, born in Swede Point, October 18, 1857, and died in Madrid October 28, 1936; married Anna Sofia Swanson.

Clara Dalander, born in Swede Point April 14, 1860, and died in Madrid February 15, 1946; unmarried. Christina Dalander, born in Swede Point 1862, and died 1863.

Mathilda Dalander, born in Swede Point February 18, 1866, and died in Boone County, May 31, 1916; unmarried.

Christina Grace Dalander, born in Swede Point October 13, 1867, and died in Madrid March 24, 1952; unmarried.

Charles Gaston Dalander, born in Swede Point February 24, 1871, and died September 18, 1873.

Anders John Dalander, born in Swede Point August 10, 1873, and died August 25, 1874.

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