Bio: Anderson, Andres G. (History - 1861)


----Source: 1891 History of Clark and Jackson Co., Wis.


Andres G. Anderson, 1861

ANDRES G. ANDERSON, a prosperous dairy farmer of Sherwood Township, now serving as chairman of the township board, was born in Sweden, May 1, 1861, his parents, Andres and Anna Anderson, being farmers. He acquired a good education in his native land and grew up on the farm. At the age of 14 he became connected with a civil engineer's corps, which he accompanied to the northern part of Sweden, where he was engaged on railroad work for two years and saw the midnight sun. The party returned home after winter had set in and there was six feet of snow on the ground. They had 112 miles to go to reach civilization and young Andres gave out and had to finish the journey on a sled hauled by his companions. He then spent two years as a track-walker and at the end of that time, being 18 years old, he went into the rolling mills.

In 1882, at the age of 21, he came alone to the United States, locating in Illinois, where he worked on farms for two years. He then rented a farm in Grundy County, that state, and sent for his parents, who left Sweden and joined him. In Illinois Mr. Anderson remained for twenty-two years and then, in 1905, came to Clark County, Wis., buying 160 acres of land in section 27, Sherwood Township, it being all covered with stumps and timber. There was a large pine tree on the place which he planned to cut down to get lumber for a house, but when he moved onto the land, which he was not able to do immediately, he found that some one else had got ahead of him, as the tree had been cut down and carted away. Since then he has remained on this place, which he has improved into a good farm. He commenced stock raising operations with full blooded Galloway cattle, but has since changed to dairy cattle and is doing a good dairy business. For two years he held office as township assessor before being elected chairman of the board.

Mr. Anderson was married October, 1907, to Emma R. Messing, daughter of a Clark County pioneer, and they have four children: Cleo, Thelma, Hope and Carl. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Masonic Order, having joined Shannohan Lodge, No. 266, of Shannohan, Ill. also of Lodge No. 62, 1. O. O. F., of Morris, Ill. In politics he is a staunch Republican.


Galloway cow and calf

The Galloway is one of the world's longest established breeds of beef cattle, named after the Galloway region of Scotland, where it originated. It is now found in many parts of the world. (Wikipedia)

Note: The following is the obituary for Andres' daughter Hope Anderson, which is being placed here at the request of the family

Obit: Anderson, Hope (1911 - 2008)
Surnames: Anderson, Dionne, Hoffmann, Fletcher, Barhoover, Romero
----Source: Milwaukee Sentinal (02/06/2008)
Anderson, Hope H. Resident of Luther Manor in Wauwatosa. Peacefully passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2008, at the age of 96 years.

 Hope was born on May 19, 1911, in the township of Cary in Wood County, Wisconsin. Beloved daughter of the late Anders G. and the late Emma R. (nee Messing) Anderson. Beloved sister of Paul (Severne) Anderson of Morris, IL.

Hope was preceded in death by her loving siblings, Cleo (Addison) Dionne, Thelma (Frederick O.) Hoffmann and Carl (Genevieve) Anderson. Loving aunt of Kathleen Fletcher, Jean Hoffmann, Frederick A. (Betty) Hoffmann, Judy (Stephen) Barhoover, Joyce Romero and Thomas P. (Regina) Anderson. Further survived by many loving grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends at LUTHER MANOR, FAITH AND EDUCATION CENTER, 4545 N. 92 St., Wauwatosa on Saturday, February 9, from 9:00 AM until the time of Funeral Services at 10:30 AM. Burial will be private in Sample Cemetery, Morris IL. Memorials in Hope's name may be directed to the Hope H. Anderson Fund for the Next Door Foundation at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Luther Manor Foundation in Wauwatosa or Memorial Lutheran Church in Glendale.

Hope spent 46 years in the executive offices of the corporations owned and operated by Walter Schroeder, whose foundation funded many projects to improve the quality of life in Milwaukee. She became the Custodian of Corporate Affairs; working with securities and investments. Under the will of Walter Schroeder, Hope was named co-individual Trustee, and helped supervise the management and sale of his hotels and insurance agency. Hope was a corporate officer until the final liquidation of the twelve operating corporations. At the close of the Trust in 1974, she was named President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Walter Schroeder Foundation, until her retirement in 1985. Hope was very active in her parish at Memorial Lutheran Church in Glendale with parish education, confirmation classes, women's organizations, and as the church treasurer. She was the first woman elected to the Church Council and served as President. She also served on the National Board of the Division of Service, the Mission of the American Lutheran Church and on the Executive Committee of that Board. Hope was a member of the Board of Directors of ULPA, Luther Manor, serving as President. She was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Luther Manor Foundation. Hope was the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of St. Luke's Hospital. She was a Charter Member of the President's Council of Alverno College. She was elected to the Board of Trustees of Alverno College and was a Charter Member of the Women's Council of Marquette University. Hope served on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and on the Advisory Council of the Next Door Foundation. She continued as a corporate member of the Milwaukee Foundation, where the Hope H. Anderson Fund was established, for support of the Next Door Foundation. She was a member of the Board of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where a scholarship fund was established in her name. Hope was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the Milwaukee School of Engineering.


1920 Federal Census, Clark, Wisconsin, family 36


Anders G Anderson, white married male
Age: 58
Birthplace: Sweden
Birth Year (Estimated): 1862
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Father's Birthplace: Sweden
Mother's Birthplace: Sweden

Household Members
Self Anders G Anderson M 58y Sweden
Wife Emma R Anderson F 29y Wisconsin
Daughter Cleo A Anderson F 11y Wisconsin
Daughter Thelma L Anderson F 10y Wisconsin
Daughter Hope H Anderson F 8y Wisconsin
Son Carl F Anderson M 5y Wisconsin
Son Paul A Anderson M 4m Wisconsin



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