Cottonwood County MN Biographies-Albert Anderson
"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916"



Albert Anderson, a substantial fanner of Westbrook township, proprietor of a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres in the vicinity of Westbrook and a well-known surveyor and drainage contractor, is a native of Illinois, born on a farm in Kendall county, that state, January 5, 1871, son of J. A. and Sarah (Jacobson) Anderson, natives of the kingdom of Norway, who later moved to Kankakee county, Illinois, where they are now living. J. A. Anderson came to the United States in 1863 and became a substantial farmer in Illinois. He and his wife are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church and their children were reared in that faith. There are seven of these children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the firstborn, the others being Nellie, Anna, Ida, Emma, Bertha and Jay.

Upon completing the course in the public schools of Kankakee county, Illinois, Albert Anderson entered the University of Illinois and spent two years there in the study of civil engineering, becoming a very competent surveyor. He then spent a year in a business college at Janesville, Wisconsin, and then for a year was engaged in the service of the Western Union Telegraph Company at Chicago. He then transferred his services to the Rock Island Railway Company and for a year was engaged as a station agent in Iowa, after which he became employed as a clothing salesman at Humboldt, Iowa, and was thus engaged for three years. He then returned to the old home in Kankakee county, Illinois, and after farming there for two years returned to Iowa, locating in Kossuth county, where for eight years he was engaged in farming. In 1910 Mr. Anderson came to Minnesota and bought a quarter of a section of land in Westbrook township, Cottonwood county, where he has made his home ever since and where he and his family are very comfortably situated. Upon taking possession of that farm Mr. Anderson began a general course of improvement and practically all the buildings on the same have been erected by him, while other improvements have been made in keeping with the same. Though Mr. Anderson gives close attention to the management of the general details of his farming he finds his time chiefly taken up with the extensive surveying and drainage contracts with which he almost constantly is engaged, he having for some years been actively engaged in the general surveying and engineering line, with particular reference to drainage work, handling both private and public contracts, and is one of the best-known contractors in that line in this part of the state, though his labors in that connection are chiefly confined to Cottonwood and Murray counties. Mr. Anderson is a Republican and gives a good citizen's attention to local political affairs, but has never been a seeker after public office.

On January 31, 1896, Albert Anderson was united in marriage to Lena Gunderson, daughter of Ole and Carrie (Rasmussen) Gunderson, and to this union four children have been born, Corriene, Ruth, Alberta and Sarah. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are members of the Lutheran church and give proper attention to the various beneficences of the same, as well as to all neighborhood good works and are earnestly interested in all measures having to do with the advancement of the best interests of the community at large. Mr. Anderson is a Mason and takes a warm interest in the affairs of that ancient order.