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Annie Erika Anderson Olson
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Birth: Aug. 31, 1867
Södermanlands län, Sweden
Death: Apr. 9, 1931
Bannock County
Idaho, USA

Daughter of Lars Erick Anderson and Anna Charlotta Anderson

Married Peter William Olson, 28 Oct 1886, Logan, Cache, Utah

Children - Erik William Olson, Alfred Peter Olson, Olof Leroy Olson, Annie Christina Olson, Selma Matilda Olson, Ellen LaVerne Olson, Carl Albert Olson, Emma Amelia Olson, Elna Elizabeth Olson, Heber James Olson, Brigham Edward Olson, Pauline Olson

Biography - Annie Eureka Anderson was born August 31, 1867 in Floda, Sodermaland, Sweden to Lars Erick Anderson and Anna Charlotte Person. She had five brothers and sisters—three of whom died in early childhood. They were Eric Albert, Carl Gustaf, Agusta Charlotte, Agusta Matilda, and Ellen Caroline.

In the summer of 1879 there were two Mormon missionaries holding meetings in a nearby place from Fogelstad, Sweden. The Elders names were Carl H. Nordberg and Lars Johansen, both native sons of Sweden.

After some investigation during that summer my father and mother were baptized in October 1879. There were also many more families who joined the church at that time. At the time we lived on a very pretty plantation. There was a big orchard in front of the house. The highway went by only a few feet from the house.

The place where we made our home was like a tenement house where six families lived, each having two nice rooms. During this time my father would let the missionaries stay with us and also preach in our home but when the minister found it out he was up in arms and had father arrested but the landlord was good and almost took fathers part.

Later in the winter in the month of January on the 26th day, a very bitter cold day, the ice very thick, the Saints had a meeting. That evening after the meeting we proceeded to walk to a park where the water ran through and after chopping ice for about one hour the water was so they could baptize us. There was myself and another girl by the name of Clara Konick. From the park after baptism we walked about a mile back to where we held the meeting and we were confirmed that same evening.

When the non-Mormons heard about it they remarked that we would surely get sick and die but I can testify that we did not even get a cold from it. The Elder’s name was Olof Olson who baptized me and soon after he emigrated to America and Zion.

As my father was not wealthy, the children all had to do their bit to help so at the age of fifteen I hired out and worked for a family and although young I always tried to defend my religion and I also tried to save all the money I could as I was then planning to emigrate.

Through the kindness of a brother of mine and a kind neighbor of my father, they gathered enough money for me and on the 6th day of June 1884 I left my home and loved ones and started with a number of Saints for America. We were 28 in all from the mission district. We sailed from Liverpool, England on the S. S. Arizona. We had a very calm and nice trip but in spite of all that I was very seasick. I almost wished I could die but not so.

After eight days on the sea we landed in New York where we first had to present ourselves at the customhouse where our trunks were opened and examined. From there we were taken to the railroad station and our train, we called it a cattle train. There were wooden benches to sit on and we could make them into pretty good beds. We were six days coming from New York to Ogden.

I arrived in Richmond, Utah on the 29th of June 1884. I was met by some friends that immigrated a year before. Their names were Brother and Sister John Erickson. They were very good to me and I stayed with them two weeks after my arrival. I then got work for a family in Lewiston, Utah. In pay I received one dollar and fifty cents a week. I worked for different families until 1886.

My parents had immigrated to this country, arriving in Richmond, Utah in July 1886. I had a happy reunion with my parents and we were again united as a family. In the month of October of that same year I was married in the Logan Temple to Peter William Olson by Apostle Merriner W. Merrill.

She worked very hard to save enough money for her parents to come and join her here in Zion. From photographs taken when she was a young woman, it is obvious that she, like her daughters, was very attractive. She was a devoted and faithful wife and mother all her life. She had a strong and enduring testimony of the Church as witnessed by her willingness to be baptized in a stream filled with cold, running ice water.

Annie Eureka Anderson Olson spent most of her life in Oxford, Idaho giving birth to twelve children, six boys and six girls, nine were born in the family home in Oxford. She moved to Virginia, Idaho with her husband and in 1931 she became ill and was operated on for gallstones in Pocatello, Idaho. She never recovered and died April 19, 1831 and was buried in the Downey Cemetery.

Written by Annie Eureka Anderson

Taken from The History of Bannock County, 1893—1993 
Family links: 
  Lars Erick Anderson (1834 - 1923)
  Anna Charlotte Persson Anderson (1833 - 1923)
  Peter William Olson (1857 - 1950)
  Eric William Olson (1887 - 1970)*
  Alfred Peter Olson (1889 - 1889)*
  Olaf LeRoy Olson (1890 - 1991)*
  Annie Christina Olson Hatch (1891 - 1974)*
  Selma Matilda Olson Fisher (1893 - 1984)*
  Ellen Laverna Olson Carver (1895 - 1992)*
  Carl Albert Olson (1898 - 1986)*
  Emma Amelia Olson Croshaw (1900 - 1987)*
  Elna Elizabeth Olson Danielson (1903 - 1979)*
  Heber James Olson (1904 - 1986)*
  Brigham Edward Olson (1907 - 1982)*
  Pauline O Olson Fletcher (1911 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Downey Cemetery
Bannock County
Idaho, USA
Maintained by: ChuckNorris
Originally Created by: Bill E. Doman
Record added: Aug 24, 2007
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Annie Erika <i>Anderson</i> Olson
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Annie Erika <i>Anderson</i> Olson
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