Bio: Anderson, Simon F. (1859)

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----Source: 1918 History of Clark Co., WI, by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge


Simon F. Anderson, 1859

SIMON F. ANDERSON, who takes rank among the leading farmers of Thorp Township, being proprietor of City View Farm in Section 31, was born in Norway, Jan. 27, 1859. His father, Andrew, was a farmer who married Beret Hanson and died in 1875, at the age of 51 years. His widow came to America in 1886, to make her home with her son, Simon, who had arrived in this country in 1880, locating first at Black River Falls: From there he went to Eau Claire, where he was employed three years in saw-mills.

Then, in 1884, he bought eighty acres of his present farm, later purchasing another tract of equal size, all being wild land. In erecting a log cabin he took pains to make a comfortable dwelling, using logs that had been hewed to a uniform thickness of six inches and afterwards planed down. It was divided into four rooms, which he plastered, and later he increased the size of the house and weather-boarded it. His barn, 40 by 100 feet in size, was built in 1905, and is provided with thirty iron stanchion cow stalls, and seventeen extra ones; also seven horse stalls and three box stalls. This barn has a stone basement with cement floor, a hay-mow, of 165 tons capacity, and gutters for-running water.

In 1911 Mr. Anderson built a silo of 110 tons capacity, having a door communicating with the barn., He is also arranging plans for soon constructing a new and modern residence. In his stock operations he favors Holstein cattle, having a registered bull of that breed-a 3-year-old, named Korndyke, with which on two occasions he took the first prize at Stanley Fair. His horses are of the Percheron breed, and he also raises Poland-China hogs. Hay, clover, corn, oats and barley form his principal crops. Mr. Anderson has been a director for a number of years of the Citizens State Bank of Stanley, and is a shareholder in the creamery at Stanley, and also in the cheese factory there. He was elected supervisor on the township board in 1889 and served two years.

He is a trustee of the Norwegian Lutheran Church and also a member of the Sons of Norway at Stanley.

On July 22, 1899, he was married to Mary Brandryen, who was born in Norway, May 6, 1871, daughter of Ole and Mary (Friswold) Brandryen. Her father, who was a farmer, died in 1889, at the age of 61 years, but her mother is still living in Norway. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have three children, all residing at home, whose names and birth dates are respectively as follows: Barghild, born Dec. 5, 1901; Olav, Jan. 15, 1910, and Arnold, Oct. 2, 1912



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