Emerson, Andrew (History - 1844)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: Biographical History of Clark & Jackson Counties, WI," Lewis pub. co., 1891 pg. 375.

ANDREW EMERSON--Away over the sea, among the pin-clad hills of Norway, lived Lars Emerson, a brave and hardy son of the northern clime. He wedded Paulina Johnson, and to them were born eleven children: Emory, John Henry, Emma, Andrew, Nettie, Julia, Bender, Matthias, Eliza and Julia. The father was proprietor of different mills, both saw and gristmills, and was very successful in his business. In 1854 he emigrated to America, and settled on a farm in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, where he passed the remainder of his days the mother is still living, and makes her home in Dakota with a son. The parents were both upright and consistent members of the Lutheran Church.

Andrew Emerson, son of Lars and Paulina (Johnson) Emerson, was born in Norway, June 24, 1844, and was a lad of ten years when his parents came to America he was trained to the occupation of a farmer, and worked with his father until the latter's death he then bought the old homestead in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, which he still owns. When quite a young man he engaged in one of the leading industries of Wisconsin, logging, and has been connected with the business ever since that time for the past twenty years he has managed a lumber camp in the pineries, and is now associated with the La Crosse Lumber Company.

In 1875 Mr. Emerson purchased 320 acres of choice farming land in Loyal Township, and eighty acres in Beaver Township from time to time he has added to this investment until he now owns 2,000 acres, all of which is clear of debt. His improvements are of modern style and substantial character, and are not surpassed in the county he has erected large and convenient barns for storing the products of his broad acres, and has built a residence that is a home in every sense of the word.

Politically our subject is identified with the Republican party. He has been called to represent the people of his township and county in various offices, and has always discharged his duties with that integrity and loyalty, which are characteristics of the man. In reviewing the accomplishments of Mr. Emerson, from the time he set foot upon our shores in helpless childhood, to the present, when he is surrounded with all that makes life desirable in the way of means, home, and friends, we are filled with admiration and deep respect for the energy, perseverance and wisdom that have brought about so happy a consummation.

In 1873, October 13, Mr. Emerson was united in the holy bonds of marriage to Miss Helen Johnson, a native of Norway, born October 10, 1850. They are no the parents of five children: Julia, Lawrence, John, Frank and Elsie.



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