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Gilbert J. Anderson
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1845, Norway
Death: Jun. 16, 1925
Door County
Wisconsin, USA

Born in Norway, Gilbert crossed over on a passenger ship called the Nordkap, and originally landed in Quebec. He proceeded on to Manitowoc, WI where he stayed for a few years, then came to Door County to settle down. He married Dorothea "Dordei" (Nelson) in Manitowoc in 1866, and they had six children: Marit (Mary), John, Sophie, Nicolai (Nick or Nic), Anton, and Edward. Gilbert was an original charter member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church (Forest Lutheran), and for many years served on the school board as supervisor, and also engaged in farming. He is buried close to his wife and his children in Forest Lutheran Cemetery.



Was Pioneer Resident of Town of
Forestville, Coming Here to
Clear a Farm in 1871

FORESTVILLE ----- On Wednesday morning about ten o'clock Gilbert J. Anderson passed away at the home of his son, John, in this town after an illness of about two months. Three years ago he suffered a paralytic stroke, which left him almost helpless for a time. His left side was almost useless. Later he recovered so that he was able to be up and around. About six months after his first stroke he had a second, but he soon recovered, and it was not until two months ago, when gangrene set in and he never again left his bed.

He had reached the age of 80 years, 3 months, and 23 days when he died. His son, John, and family, and his daughter, Mary, (Mrs. H. A. Larson) were present when the end came.

Mr. Anderson was a retired pioneer farmer of the town of Forestville. Born in Norway Feb. 17, 1845, he came to America at the age of 21 years, landing at Quebec, Canada. He proceeded to Manitowoc, Wis., where he was engaged in carpenter work and for some time operated a sawmill, and in September, 1871, he came to Door county, where in connection with his brother-in-law, Eric Nelson, he purchased three forty-acre tracts of land, which the two later cleared and divided.

In 1866 Mr. Anderson was united in marriage to Miss Dorothea Nelson. Six children were born, namely, Mary, John, Sophie, Nicholas, Anton and Edward.

Mr. Anderson became a naturalized citizen and has always been interested and active in political affairs. In 1872 he was elected supervisor and for thirty-three years he served on the school board, actively interested in the cause of public education with an earnest desire to provide the young of the district with adequate opportunities of education. He also served as school clerk.

Mr. Anderson is one of the oldest members of the Norwegian Lutheran church where for many years he was superintendent of the Sunday school.

The funeral will be held this Friday afternoon at two o'clock from the home of John Anderson. Interment will be at the Forest Lutheran church at Carnot.

June 1925
Door County Advocate


The community in and about Carnot was
very greatly shocked on Monday night to
learn of the sudden death of Gilbert J. An-
derson, as he had been enjoying his usual
good health theretofore. He was taken ill
shortly after supper, and a messenger hur-
riedly dispatched to Sawyer for a physician,
Dr. Kreitzer arriving on the scene in an
hour and twenty minutes afterward. Res-
toratives were applied, but these were of no
avail and the patient expired shortly after-
ward, having been ill only about two hours.
The Dr. pronounced it hemorrhage of the
brain, which in turn superinduced paraly-
sis. Mr. Anderson was within a few days
of having completed his 66th year, about
thirty of which were spent in this town. He
was a man universally esteemed and his
taking-off is widely mourned. A widow
and several children survive. The funeral
occurred from the Forest church on Friday
afternoon, and was very largely attended.

Door County Advocate
January 10, 1903


An Annoying Error.

A very annoying as well as mortifying er-
ror occurred in the newspaper last week in
announcing the supposed demise of Gilbert
J. Anderson instead of G. I. Gilbert. The
reporter who attends to the west side de-
partment heard of the matter first on Tues-
day morning, and he-understood it to be
Mr. Anderson of Carnot. Meantime he pro-
ceeded to keep close watch for some person
from that section of the town for additional
information as well as to verify the report,
but it so happened that no one crossed his
track, and as there is no telephone or tele-
graphic communication he took it for grant-
ed that the report was true, and served up
the item accordingly. Imagine his disap-
pointment as well as chagrin when he was
told, after the paper had gone to press that
Mr. Anderson was still alive and in the en-
joyment of his wonted good health, and that
in the confusion of names that of the Car-
not man had been substituted instead of Mr.
Gilbert, who had shuffled off this mortal
coil. While these things are hardly excus-
able in a newspaper, they will happen in
spite of the greatest care, and it is likely
that such will be the case as long as print-
ing is in vogue.

We received a letter from Mr. Anderson
on Monday, and were pleased to find that
he took a very sensible and philosophical
view of the matter, coming to the conclu-
sion that some mistake had occurred just
as it did. He also stated that he was en-
joying better health than he has been for
years. We are pleased to be able to make
this correction, and hope we will not be
called upon to again publish his obituary for
many years to come. But the incident is
not without its humorous side, inasmuch as
Mr. Anderson is thereby "permitted to read
his own obituary notice, something that but
very few people are capable of doing".

Door County Advocate
January 17, 1903

Family links: 
  Marit Jensdatter Evenson (1819 - 1898)
  Dorthea Nielsdatter Nelson Anderson (1838 - 1901)
  Marit A. Anderson Larson (1864 - 1943)*
  John Anderson (1867 - 1950)*
  Sophie Marie Anderson Larson (1871 - 1904)*
  Nicolai Anderson (1874 - 1903)*
  Anton Anderson (1876 - 1963)*
  Edward Anderson (1881 - 1887)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Lutheran Cemetery
Door County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: P. A. (Bass) Anderson
Record added: Jan 09, 2005
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Gilbert J. Anderson
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