|Birth: ||Jun. 27, 1863, Denmark|
|Death: ||Jul. 25, 1946|
Mathias Andersen was born at Forslet Mark, Kolding, Denmark June 27, 1863. He came to America, landing at New York, August 12th, 1881. He first located Lyons, Iowa and came to Lincoln County on March 3rd, 1886, purchasing railroad land in section 33, Diamond Lake township. Mr. Andersen remained single until March 17th, 1903 when he was united in marriage to Koren Dorthea Iversen of Gjesten Skov, Denmark. Two sons were born to the union: Hans Peter Andersen and Iver C. Andersen. Mrs. Andersen passed away in 1934.
When Mr. Andersen first came to Lincoln County he resided with an uncle in two rooms over a stable for eleven years. He related that Mr. Eiler Thomsen. was the first Danish settler in Diamond Lake township. Mr. Andersen has acted as township treasurer, school clerk and secretary of the Danish Lutheran church, Diamond Lake, of which he was on of the organizers and a devoted and faithful member.
Mr. Andersen was a well-to-do farmer and a man of strict integrity and upright character. He was highly respected in the community in which he resided his adult life.
Mathias Andersen was born June 27, 1863 in Fovslet Mark, Kolding Denmark, one of nine children of Hans Peter and Ane Marie Andersen. He came to America in August, 1881, living for five years in Clinton, Iowa, working in a sawmill, on a railroad, and on a farm. He arrived in Diamond Lake on March 3, 1886 where he lived on a farm with his uncle Peter Christensen.
On March 17, 1903, he was united in marriage to Karen Dorthea Iversen Habenicht. Two sons were born to them, Hans Peter Andersen who lived in Berkeley California until his death, and Iver Christian Andersen, who lived across the highway from Diamond Lake Church. Iver was a member and one of the workers of Diamond Lake Church. Anne Margrethe Habenicht, a daughter of Mrs. Andersen's previous marriage, lived with this happy family until her sudden death in August, 1914 at the age of 19 years.
Uncle Matt, as he was known to so may of us, retired from their farm along Highway 75 in 1925 and moved to the home by the church where he lived the last 21 years of his life. His wife, Dorthea, passed away on April 3 1934. Mathias continued to live at this home with his son Iver, who was now established in the production and selling of honey. Iver was the first, at least in this community, to have a Honey Stand by the highway, where hone was for sale in a self serve way, which the sign saying "Take the honey, leave the money".
Mathias Andersen served as President of the congregation for a number of years, and later Iver also served in this capacity. Hans and his family lived in Berkeley California where he was employed by Cutter Laboratories.
On Sunday March 19, 1928, the congregation celebrated the Silver Wedding Anniversary of Mathias and Dorthea Andersen. It started with church services, and the celebration of Holy Communion at the Diamond Lake Church. The President of District VI, Reverend J. J. Lerager, was guest speaker at the services. The pastor of the church, Reverend Thorvald Kjaer, served at the Communion Table. Following the services, a reception and dinner was held in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Andersen at the hall. They were presented with a gift from the congregation. Later in the afternoon we again gathered at the church. A program of speeches and song was carried out, and the pastor used as his text the 23rd Psalm. On this festive day, one of the many songs sung was one written by Mrs. Thorvald Kjaer for the occasion.
Mathias Andersen was a faithful worker throughout his life at the Diamond Lake Church. Whenever we gathered for any festival, silver or golden anniversary, he nearly always had written one song or more especially for the occasion. He always had a word to speak to those gathered and when he peacefully slept away on the morning of July 25, 1946, and the age of 83 years and 23 days, there was an empty place in the church, in our homes when we as friends and relatives were assembled, as well as in his own home.
Ane Marie Christensen Andersen (1827 - 1903)
Karen Dorthea Iversen Habenicht Andersen (1865 - 1934)
Hans Peter Andersen (1904 - 1993)*
Iver Christian Andersen (1906 - 1980)*
Peter Andersen (1858 - 1928)*
Krestine Andersen Nielsen (1860 - 1904)*
Mathias Andersen (1863 - 1946)
Maren Andersen Meyer (1866 - 1931)*
Diamond Lake Cemetery
Plot: Row 2, Lot 12, Grave 5W
Created by: Chris Wimmer
Record added: Sep 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30135526