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There are individuals in nearly every community, who, by reason of pronounced ability and force of character, rise above the heads of the masses and command the esteem of their fellow citizens. Characterized by perseverance and a directing spirit to virtues that never fail, such men always make their presence felt and the vigor of their strong personalities serves as an incentive to the young and rising generation. To this energetic and enterprising class, Andrew F. Anderson, a well-known farmer of Exira township, very properly belongs. Mr. Anderson has devoted his life to the industries at home and has succeeded remarkably well.

Andrew F. Anderson, the proprietor of eight hundred and forty acres in Exira township, Audubon county, Iowa, and in Benton township, Cass county, was born in October 11, 1859, in Denmark. He is the son of Anders G. and Mary (Storenson) Anderson, both natives of Denmark. The former was a farmer and farmed there until he came to America in 1868 and located in Shelby county, Iowa, north of Walnut. Here he bought forty acres of land and farmed in that county all of his life. He did general farming and before his death had increased his holdings to one hundred and twenty acres. He was born in 1834, and died in 1912. He served in the Danish-Prussian War of 1864.

Anders G. and Mary Anderson were the parents of fourteen children, nine of whom are now living, Andrew, the subject of this sketch, Anna, Nels, Marten, Peter, Mary, John, Ida and Henry.

Andrew F. Anderson received his education in the schools of Shelby county, Iowa, and after leaving school, took up farming and worked as a farm hand until he was twenty-two years of age. He then located at Atlantic, Iowa, where he worked as a drayman. He was also engaged in the oil business until 1900, when he moved to the place upon which he is now living.

When Mr. Anderson was twenty years old, he purchased eighty acres of land in Shelby county and increased his holdings to eight hundred and forty acres. Upon this farm he put five thousand dollars worth of improvements. He raises a great many hogs and cattle but rents out most of his land.

Andrew F. Anderson was married on March 27, 1883, to Osilla Kringel, the daughter of Soren and Mary Ann Kringel. Five children have been born to this union, Arthur, Vera, Edith, Max and Raymond. Arthur married Mildred Bartlett and has three children, Isetta, Donald and Ronald. Vera married A. G. Colbin and has one daughter, Vera Aileen. Edith, Max and Raymond are at home. Mrs. Anderson was born in Denmark and her parents were also natives of that country. Her father was a farmer in Denmark and farmed there until he came to this country. They located in Shelby county, Iowa, where her father bought a farm and farmed until 1892, when he moved to Atlantic, Iowa. He lived there until his death, February 1, 1909. He was born on May 19, 1820, and his wife was born in 1828. They had ten children, eight of whom are living, Lars, Charles, Andrew, Osilla, Mary, Christian, Fred and Marten.

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson and family are members of the Baptist church. Mr. Anderson is a trustee of this church and has been for many years. During his residence in Atlantic, he served as councilman of that city. Mr. Anderson is what might be called a Republican with prohibition views. He is a decided temperance man and uses his influence and his vote to fight the liquor traffic wherever he can. He deserves to rank as a representative citizen of Audubon county. Andrew F. Anderson possesses the entire confidence of the people with whom he has come into contact.

Transcribed from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 781-782.