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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Another Pioneer Passes On

Mrs. B.C. Anderson, one of the pioneers of this community, passed away Sunday morning at nine o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G.L. Newberg, west of town.  She had been in ill health for some time but only the past few weeks had her condition been considered dangerous.

Johanna Fredika Anderson was born in Kjelstasocken, Sweden, April 1, 1841.  Died at Stanton, Iowa, October 15, 1922 at the age of 81 years, 6 months and 14 days.  She was confirmed in the Lutheran church in Sweden and had ever remained a faithful member.  She came to America in 1868 and was that same year married to Bengt Carl Anderson at Burlington, Iowa.  After two years' residence in that place and one year at Keokuk, they moved to Stanton and onto a farm southwest of town, which was their home until about twenty years ago.  To this union were born eight children, five sons and three daughters.  Two of the sons had preceeded their parents to the Great Beyond.  Those living are: Chas. H, of Gordon, Nebr., Edward, of Stanton, Ben of Hamil, So. Dakota, Mrs. G.L. Newberg and Mrs. Luther Ossian, of Stanton, and Mrs. J.R. Hart, of Breckenridge, Texas.  She also leaves eighteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, whose demise occurred December 19, 1905.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the G.L. Newberg home at 2:15 where Rev. Alexix Andreen, of Red Oak, spoke in the Swedish language, and in the Lutheran church at 3:00 o'clock.  Rev. Eric Linder, pastor of the Mission church spoke in Swedish and Rev. Andreen spoke in English.  At the home Mrs. Harry Johnson and Mrs. Rudolph Wallin sang a duet and at the church a ladies' quartet, composed of Mesdames. Adolph Lindberg, Otto Honett, Walfred Isaacson, and Otelis Hill, rendered two selections in Swedish.  Interment was made in Mamrelund cemetery, beside the deceased husband.  The pall bearers were Messrs.Luther Ossian, G.L. Newberg, Ivan Anderson, Miles Newberg, Marting Erickson and Joe Pugh.  All of the children, with the exception of Chas. H. Anderson of Gordon, Nebr., were present at the funeral.

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