Anderson Family History

“Grandpa Anderson,” Anders Andersson Åström

Grandpa Anderson, Anders Andersson Äström, as a young man in Degerfors, Vasterbotten, Sweden. His father had died from tuberculosis when he was a child.

Grandpa Anderson, Anders Andersson Äström, as a young man in Degerfors, Vasterbotten, Sweden. His father had died from tuberculosis when he was a child.

Anders Andersson Åström (pronounced “Ostrom”) as a young man in Degerfors, Vasterbotten, Sweden. His father had died from tuberculosis when he was a child.

His brothers Johan Andersson and Nils Andersson had already emigrated to America and sent glowing reports of free farm land available under Lincoln’s Homestead Act. (Unknown to Anders the land available under the Homestead Act would be settled before he, along with his mother, wife and eldest child, would arrive.)

A few years after marrying Sophia Johansdotter Anders and his family sailed on SS Adriatic to the United States with his wife Sophia and daughter Hilma Anderson Bratmoe and mother Elizabeth Johansdotter Burman boarding the railroad on 7-4-1889 to Salem, SD to farm and raise a family.

Anders pictured with his wife Sophia (1902, shortly before her death in childbirth) holding hand of daughter Mayme Anderson Howe with son Arvid Anderson and daughter Hilma Anderson Bratmoe in rear.

Photo of Montrose, SD near their farm (shown below).

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Montrose, SD near their farm

Enlarged detail of the left hand corner of above picture is shown below. Photo of Anders and his unmarried children, who depart their farm for the last time as Anders determines he must go to visit his brothers’ families in Presho SD, Cuba and Sweden. Nils  had died of tuberculosis, and Johan dies after abdominal surgery in Cuba.

 Montrose, SD near the Anders Ostrom farm (closeup)

Montrose, SD is near the Anders Ostrom farm (closeup)

Grandpa Anders Andersson Åstrom arrived the 4th of July 1888 from Åsjön, Bygdea parish, Västerbötten, Sweden and farmed the orange-highlighted land  (NE S18, T104, R53, Ramsey) 1889-1819 with wife Sophia Augusta Johansdötter (see family picture 1902).

Grandma died January 1,1907 in childbirth with 13th child so Grandpa lived here with his widowed mother, Elizabeth Burman, and his only surviving son, Arvid, my dad and two daughters Hilma & Mayme  (see 1915 picture of sisters). He visited his brother Johan Andersson (July 15, 1850- Feb 23,1913) in Cuba 11 months after the death of his wife, Grandma Sophia, per Montrose Herald 12/26/1907:

News Item from Ramsey: Andrew Ostrom (sic) and Jonas Olson  left for Cuba a week ago to visit Mr. Ostrom’s brother,  who went to Cuba about 2 years ago [Dec 1905].

He also visited his younger brother Carl in Sweden in 1913 after attending his older brother John’s funeral in Cuba per postcard. He is pictured visiting Southern California circa 1925 with his widowed daughter, Hilma Bratmoe and in Miller, SD 1941 with all his descendants. In 1913 Dad, Arivid Anderson (1889-1953), and my Mom, Blanche Wicklund Anderson (1888-1949), bought a farm nearby on section 5; we lived there until 1935:

Map of Anderson and Wicklund family farms, Ramsey Township, McCook County, South Dakota. Grandpa Anders Anderson farmed the orange land (NE S18, T104, R53, Ramsey) 1889-1919. In 1913 Dad, Arivid Anderson and my Mom, Blanche Wicklund Anderson, bought a farm nearby on section 5; we lived there until 1935. Grandpa Johan Johannesson Wicklund (1854-1929) homesteaded the green land (SE Sec8, T104N, R53W) in 1884 and received land patent issued 1/30/1892 serial # SDMTAA 093196 Document Nr.10695. He had settled next door his sister, Ida and brother-in-law CA Tidbloom.

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