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Andrew R. Anderson

Death 10 Jan 1903 (aged 47)
Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Unknown
Memorial ID 17233006 · View Source
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Parents were Andrew and Olena Anderson

Andrew R. Anderson and Elizabeth Rasmussen were married on November 26, 1878 at Little Cedar. Attendants were John Osmundson and Knute Prestrud.

Had two other children not linked to this memorial:

(1) Emma born in Marshall Township; confirmed at Little Cedar in 1897; married Michael Hanson. Lived in Seattle, Washington.

(2) Louis Oscar or Oscar, born 5/2/1886

From The History of Mower County 1911:

Andrew R. Anderson, an early settler of Marshall township, was born in Norway, November 17, 1855. When he was thirteen years old he came to America with his parents and located in Decorah, Iowa, where his parents farmed, and there he grew to manhood, spending his time in school, and on the farm. At the age of nineteen he went to the Dakotas, but this was the summer of the grasshopper plague, and not finding things favorable there he came to Mower county. In 1874 he purchased eighty acres of unimproved land in section 25, built a house,, made many improvements and carried on general farming, adding to his land from time to time until he owned 240 acres. Mr. Anderson was assessor and town clerk several terms, and was also a teacher in the county, his education being obtained by self study. He was married in 1879 to Elizabeth Rasmussen, a daughter of one of the pioneer families. This union was blessed with three children: Robert A., Andrew O. and Emma Syrenius.

-Contributed by Janet Stephenson

From The Adams Review, 1903:

Austin Register, Jan. 10.
The city has been having quite a good deal of excitement with a suicide following closely on a murder trial. On Saturday evening Andrew R. Anderson of the town of Marshall, a well-to-do and prominent farmer, quietly ended his life in a room at the Grand Hotel. On Saturday he drove from his home to Dexter and took the S. M. train for Austin. On arriving in the city he went to a drug store and bought twenty cents worth of carbolic acid. Going to the hotel about 4:30 o'clock he asked for a room and told the clerk to call him at 6:30 the same evening. At the hour named the clerk went to the room and called Anderson but he received no response to his repeated efforts. On entering Anderson was found lying on the bed, apparently asleep, but it was soon ascertained that he was sleeping the sleep that knows no waking.

Sheriff Johnson was notified and he arrived at the hotel promptly and began an investigation. When he reached the body of Anderson his pulse was still feebly beating, but he was too far gone to hope for resuscitation. He had bought and taken two ounces of carbolic acid, and judging from his unusually quiet death from this violent poison, some think he first took a dose of chloroform, which had a soothing effect. The bed on which he was lying was not disturbed, and there were no evidences of violent convulsions. When he entered the room he removed his overcoat, over shoes and hat and laid down in the bed as if to rest. The empty bottle which contained the carbolic acid was found in the room.

Sheriff Johnson at once notified Coroner Hollister, but he did not deem an inquest necessary. The coroner searched the body and found a watch, a purse containing $17.75, but later on the sheriff found $40 more away down in a section of the purse the coroner had overlooked. His remains were removed to Earl & Rustad's undertaking rooms, where they were placed in a coffin and held awaiting the arrival of the members of his family. On Sunday his two sons, son-in-law and nephew arrived and took the remains to the deceased's former home in the town of Marshall, where the funeral was held on Thursday of this week. Anderson was 47 years of age.

What caused him to take his own life was undoubtedly worrying over the trouble he had with a young girl, about 17 years of age. He came to the city two weeks ago to consult with an attorney as to what was best to do in the case, and was advised to settle with the girl. Other friends advised him to marry her and end the matter. To this advise he replied that it would be only taking another child to bring up. A week ago last Friday and Saturday he was in Austin again, this time on the order of the county attorney. At this time he entered into a verbal agreement what the contract should be. Hans P. Hanson, with whom the girl stays, was notified and all parties interested met here on Monday, Jan. 5th when a contract was executed. This contract agreed to pay the girl $1,600 at the rate of $100 per year, providing that the child should be born alive, but on the death of the child payments should cease. This contract was found on his person by Sheriff Johnson at the time he took his life.

The deceased undoubtedly worried over this unfortunate affair and rather than bear the ills he had, he chose to fly to those he knew not of.

Deceased was born in Norway, Nov. 17, 1855. When 13 years old he came to this country with his parents and located near Decorah, Iowa. When 19 he went to Dakota, but shortly after, in 1874, settled in Mower county, in the town of Marshall on a farm. In 1879 he married Elizabeth Rasmussen, a daughter of one of the pioneers of the town of Adams, by whom he had five children, three sons and two daughters. He taught school in this county, and for several terms was assessor of his town. In 1890 he was a candidate for the legislature before the Republican county convention but was defeated by Mr. Nolan. Mr. Anderson was well known throughout the county, and the family have the sympathy of their many friends in their sad bereavement.

The funeral services were held at the late home of the deceased, Rev. Rasmussen conducting the services.


A day or two after the death of A. R. Anderson, who drank a quantity of carbolic acid with suicidal intent in the Grand hotel in Austin the evening of January 10, a letter was found at his late home north of Adams. The letter had been written only a day or two before he committed the rash act. In this letter Mr. Anderson stated that he had periodical spells of loss of memory and believed that his mind was affected; that for night after night he would be unable to sleep and many times while conscious unable to control his actions. He states further that he had by superhuman effort only been able to keep up and felt that he was surely losing all control of his mind and would eventually go insane. While he does not fully state the full cause of this mental decay, he tells of many things of both personal and business matters that have caused him to probably unnecessarily worry. The contents of the letter prove beyond all doubt that A. R. Anderson was laboring under one of these temporary fits of aberration when he took his own life.

-Contributed by Janet Stephenson

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  • Maintained by: Janet Stephenson
  • Originally Created by: K. Pike
  • Added: 31 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17233006
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew R. Anderson (17 Nov 1855–10 Jan 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17233006, citing Little Cedar Cemetery, Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Janet Stephenson (contributor 46853083) .