|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1853, Sweden|
|Death: ||Aug. 25, 1929|
There are a number of rags to riches stories about those immigrating to America, but Amanda "Mandy" Anderson is not one of them.
Born Feb. 3, 1853 in Sweden, Anderson immigrated when she was 19, in 1882, and census records indicate she came immediately to South Dakota, which was still Dakota Territory then. According to her obituary, she never married, and spent her life as a “valued assistant” in other households—although the census records are more blunt, listing her occupation as “Servant.” She did find a stable environment from 1900 until at least 1910, as the records have her working for Thomas and Margaret Reed for at least a decade. Anderson did get her own modest place near the Reeds by the 1920 census, but she apparently could not afford it. At 72, she was still working as a housekeeper, and she died four years later, on Aug. 25, 1929, in the Kingsbury County poor house, which by then was called the “county farm.” (Margaret Reed had died in 1909 and Thomas in 1920, leaving Mandy without her protectors in life.) Her obituary ran on page four of the Aug. 29, 1929 issue of The Arlington Sun.
South Dakota, USA
Plot: Block 4, Lot 44, Grave 7
Created by: Frank Crisler
Record added: Nov 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81215282