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John William Anderson
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
John William Anderson, a prosperous businessman, was born Dec. 25, 1886. His father was born in Sweden, Dec. 9, 1856, and came to America April 28, 1881, working in the quarries for a time and later becoming prominent in the making of monuments. His wife was Annie Johnson, of Sweden. At the age of twenty, Mr. Anderson started a restaurant in Morton, calling it the "O. K." Here he remained until the spring of 1907. Then he started selling monuments for his father and brothers of the "Anderson Granite Company," with whom he is still employed. He also operates a music store in company with his brother, Fred, under the name of Anderson Brothers. They started this music store in March, 1914, and have sold to date, $15,000 in goods. They sell the P. S. Wick pianos, sewing machines, musical merchandise and Alter automobiles. Mr. Anderson married Cina Mathillie Peterson, born May 28, 1886. Her father, Andrew Peterson, was a well-known pioneer of Lac Qui Parle county, who died May 23, 1898, at the age of sixty-two years. Her mother, Randi Peterson, died September, 1908, at the age of sixty-two years. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have one child, Clifford Colonel, born May 23, 1908. They are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church at Morton.
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