Cottonwood County MN Biographies-C. H. Anderson
"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916"



C. H. Anderson, former register of deeds of Cottonwood county and for many years one of the best-known and most influential residents of that county, now living in quiet comfort on the old homestead farm in Ann township, his first home after coming to this state with his parents back in 1868, is a native of the state of Wisconsin, but has lived in Minnesota since he was ten years old. He was born in Racine county, Wisconsin, January 31, 1858, son of Hogan and Ann Anderson, natives of Norway, who had come to this country some years previously, settling at Racine.

In 1865 Hogan Anderson and his family came to Minnesota, attracted by the glowing reports then going out from this part of the state, and located in Dakota county, removing in the year 1868 to Cottonwood county, where Hogan Anderson homesteaded a quarter of a section of land and established his home, he and his wife thus being among the earliest settlers in that section. Some time afterward when the township was organized it was given the name of Ann township, in honor of Ann Anderson, the pioneer wife and mother, whose influence for good in the community in which she and her husband had settled was felt from the very first. Hogan Anderson became a successful farmer and was a man of leading among his pioneer neighbors. In 1879 he retired from the active labors of the farm and moved to Lamberton, where both he and his wife spent their last days, his death occurring in 1895, and hers in 1898.

C. H. Anderson was but a boy when his parents came to Minnesota in 1865, and he early took his place in the pioneer life of Cottonwood county, even from boyhood being a prominent participant in the various activities of the rapidly developing community. He was a valuable assistant to his father in the labors of developing the home farm and became a very capable farmer, at the same time giving much attention to the civic affairs of the community, and was early recognized as one of the leaders in the public life of the county. In 1883 he was elected register of deeds for Cottonwood county, as the nominee of the Republican party, and so effectively did he perform the exacting and important duties of that office that he was twice afterward re-elected, serving for three terms. In the meantime, in the early eighties, he had married and upon completing his term of public service returned to the old homestead farm, but presently went to Lamberton, where he engaged in the real-estate business for ten years, at the end of which time he moved to Minneapolis, where he continued the same line of business and was thus engaged until his return to the old home farm in 1905. He further improved the place and added by purchase of adjoining land until now he is the owner of a fine farm of three hundred and sixty acres and has long been rated as one of the leading farmers and stock raisers in Cottonwood county.

It was on March 16, 1881, that C. H. Anderson was united in marriage to Julia Alfson, who was born at Ridgeway, in Winneshiek county, Iowa, in 1860, daughter of Alf and Thavan Alfson, who were among the early settlers in Cottonwood county, and to this union ten children were born, Anthony, Jessie, Alfred T., Josie, Joseph, Sherman, Maurice, Naomi, Viola and Everett, all of whom except Anthony and Joseph are living. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are members of the Lutheran church and their children were reared in that faith. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

Alfred T. Anderson, eldest son of C. H. and Julia (Alfson) Anderson and cashier of the Farmers State Bank at Windom, was born at Windom on December 27, 1885, his father at that time being register of deeds of Cottonwood county, with residence at the county seat. He received his early schooling in the schools of Lamberton and Minneapolis and was graduated from the high school in the latter city in 1904, after which he entered the University of Minnesota, but before completing the course there was placed in charge of the bookkeeping department of the C. S. Christensen Company, millers, at Madelia, where he remained for nearly three years, at the end of which time he transferred his services to the First State Bank of Storden, which institution he served as assistant cashier for four years, or until he was elected cashier of the Fanners State Bank at Windom on March 1, 1915, since which time he has made his home in the latter city.

On November 14, 1911, Alfred T. Anderson was united in marriage to Lila Dossett, of Madelia, and to this union one child has been born, a son, Willard Holmes, born on April 21, 1914. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have a very pleasant home in Windom and take a proper part in the various social and cultural activities of their home town. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Masonic fraternity, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of the Modem Woodmen of America and takes a warm interest in the affairs of all these organizations.