Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

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     Andrew G. Sandquist (April 21, 1855-March 2, 1941) and Christina Peterson (Feb. 22, 1857-April 18, 1932) were born in Sweden. They were married on May 3, 1877 and in 1881 they came to America, settling on a farm northeast of Stanton. They were the parents of nine children: Arvid and Hilma, who were born in Sweden, G. David, Mabel, Anna, Charles, Clarence, Ellen (died in infancy) and Arthur. All but Ellen lived past 70 years of age and G. David and Anna, are still living and over 90.

    In 1902 they moved to a farm southeast of Elliott (Where Dave Shires had lived and where Jerry Bates now lives). In 1912 Andrew bought 40 A. which Grandma Rawlings had owned and he built a set of buildings on it. He and his wife, along with Mabel and Clarence, lived there until the parents passed away.

    When Andrew moved to the smaller farm, Dave with the help of brother Clarence, farmed the home place. In Feb. 1916 Dave married Rena Focht and continued farming there until 1944 when they moved to a farm north of Grant. Rena passed away in Feb. 1951. They were parents of three children, Virgil, Ross and Helen (Mrs. Jack Taylor).     In 1953 Dave married Hope Howard and they lived north of Grant until 1956, when they retired to Elliott. Dave continued to help out on the farm and wherever needed until past 80 years of age. He helped Carl Alm on a farm west of Elliott for 13 years besides taking care of a large garden and doing his own yard work, even when past 90. At present Dave is the eldest citizen in Elliott.            



~ Helen Taylor