Anderson, Andrew – 1863-1914

I have always been interested in genealogy and local history. If we have the full name, place of birth and birth date we have a very good chance of  obtaining information on the individual. Recently I learned about Andrew Anderson and there was a question about where the farm was located.

I did locate him in the “Our Northwest Corner” Kittson County genealogy book, but no mention was made about the farm.  A careful reading of the text indicate the family “lived close to the church” which was called the Saron Church.   I knew the location of the Saron church which sat on Section #2 in Thompson Township. Since the church sat by the road that divided Granville and Thompson townships it was necessary to check both township maps. It was a very slow process and was not very productive. I considered living close to the church to mean they were within three or four miles.

I was rather surprised on my third attempt to find the Anderson farm right next to the Church. The church is on the n/w quarter and the farm on the n/e quarter!  Yes, I would say they lived close to the Church!

The family history was written by one of the daughters Alma (Mrs. Clifford Johnson) and can be found on page 12 near the front of the book. I have attached a section of the Thompson Twp map and if you look closely at the very top of the map you will note the Church – cemetery in Sec.#2.  The name And Anderson indicates Andrews farm.

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I was aware the Saron Church was hit by lightning and destroyed by fire in 1910. It was rebuilt.

What I found very surprising to read was that Andrew Anderson was also hit by lightning on July 14th 1914 while working in the hay field and killed at age 51. His wife died eight months later at age 50.  The six children struggled on with the help of an Uncle.]

Both parents, one son and two daughters are buried at Saron Cemetery. Life was tough in those days.

Tattered Curtains – Family History

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The above Map is of Granville Township, located to the west of Lancaster. The “Tattered Curtains” house is located on the lower right corner of section 16 and shows the location of the house with a small empty circle. An occupied house is indicated by a simple small circle which signifies an unoccupied house..

Through recent enquiries I have learned that the house was originally built by F.Ludvig Henrickson who was born in Skane, Sweden in 1864. He came to America in 1880 and moved to Kittson County, MN in 1894. He purchased a quarter of land in in Granville Township.

The following was taken from the Kittson Historical book (red cover) called “Our Northwest Corner”, Page 178. It was written by Mr. L. Henrickson’s daughter Hedvig – (Mrs Martin Nordine.)

“When hauling lumber  from Hallock one time to begin building on his farm, the horses became frightened and started running. The lumber slipped off the wagon and dad with it. A wheel rolled over one of his legs breaking it below the knee.  Due to inadequate medical attention, blood poisoning set in making it necessary to amputate his leg.  This proved to be a handicap the rest of life.”

Ludvig met and married his wife Hannah Nelson who lived with her parents on section #15, just north of Ludvig’s farm. They had six daughters Mable, Amy, Helen, Ruth, Hedvig and Olive and one son who died at six months. Mable and Helen stayed at home to help their parents. Ludvig died in 1951 at 86 and his wife died in 1956 when she was 84.

I cannot help but think that Mrs Hendrickson made the curtains shown in the earlier blog photogrpaph or one of the daughters. There is a possibility these curtains were seventy- five years old.

Thanks to Lon Jerome and his sources for the information that started me on the right trail with the correct name.

DNA – Submitted

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This is the DNA kit I obtained from last week. The lid flips open and the instructions sit on top of the contents.  Everything is labeled and easy to understand.

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The container on the lower right contains a tube with a little funnel on top. You simply spit in the tube then pour in a preservative (supplied) and it is ready to ship off. The collection bag shown on the lower left receives the tube and then they are both placed in the shipping package shown at the top.  It is necessary to activate the program by going on to the site. You have to report the registration number that is located on the spit bottle. Package is prepaid so all you have to do is pop it in the mail. I have included the instructions which are simple and easy to follow.

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I expect to hear the results in four to six weeks.

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