- Amundson Family History
Places Worth Visiting
1985 by Kay and David Dole
a list of these has been compiled, together with directions in locating them and
reproduced here so that now or anytime, you may take your own "Heritage
Tour" of these U S locations pertinent to the family.
must relate, however, one special story of the location of the grave of one of
the nine children... Andrew. We knew Andrew had located in the general area of
Red Wing, Minnesota and had died in 1923. We had asked Floyd Snow, one of
Andrew's grandsons, (who celebrates his 85th birthday in 1985), if he knew of
the exact location of Andrew's grave. Floyd was not certain, so we tried the
county records at Red Wing and there located an account of Andrew's death and
gained knowledge that his services had been handled by a firm in Zumbrota. Off
we went to Zumbrota... starting to feel like "Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost
Persons". (The younger members of the family won't react to that at all,
present-day funeral directors in Zumbrota are not many, but none by the name we
had. Walking into one on the main street, we asked about their origins and
received quick confirmation that indeed they had taken over from the firm we
sought but, unfortunately, all the old records had been lost in a fire. Leaving,
we returned to our motor home parked across the street and noticed we were
almost in front of the Zumbrota newspaper office. In we went, seeking the
employee with the longest tenure and memory ... and he led us upstairs to a huge
steel vault in which stacks of newspaper-sized books were resting on shelves...
one to a year from the old days of the weekly paper.
book after book off the shelf and checking the year, 1923 seemed to be missing
... but after a bit we found it, out of place in the stacks. Checking the first
issue of the paper after Andrew's date of death, we readily found the story... a
long column (reproduced in the "Andrew" section of this booklet)
concluding with the statement that "interment was made in the Presbyterian
Cemetery East of Goodhue."
startled us a bit, for this was early enough in our development of interest that
we assumed most of the family in those days were Lutherans... though we did know
that Abel Cathrine
had had most of the children
baptized by a Methodist pastor and that grandson, Floyd, and his delightful
Mayme were Presbyterians. Anyway, back to Goodhue and into the newspaper office
there... to try to learn what had happened to the Presbyterian Church... for
none is listed in Goodhue today. There, the folks advised that the church had
"blown away" in a big storm in 1901, but that the old cemetery still
existed... just go East out of town about a mile.
we went, and almost to the tenth of a mile exactness, one mile East at the crest
of a slow rise on the south side of the road were a few headstones and a couple
of monuments nesting in the tallish grass and surrounded by a single wire
electrified fence (except along the roadside) to keep back the grazing cattle.
We went from stone to stone. Near the back we found a sturdy base with obelisk
about three feet high knocked off and almost covered with grass.
"Anderson" was legible on the base and "Andrew" could be
made out on the eroding side of the obelisk. Back to the motor
home I went for flour and
water... and pouring the mixture on the side of the obelisk and wiping the
surface, the rest of the words came up cleanly: "Arnold
Andrew, Apr. 9, 1882 - May 22,
1923 -- Helen, wife of A. A. Anderson, born July 1, 1839 died Oct. 8,
this time, a chap came across the highway from a neat new ranch-style home
inquiring, "You folks got kin here?" We assured him that we were
delighted to say we did and told him the story of our search. He introduced
himself as Bernie Diercks and said, "I'm sorry I haven't been over here to
spruce up the place yet... try to do it every once in a while. There are several
folks who stop here from time to time."
told Bernie the Goodhue newspaper had mentioned they might do a story about our
search and run a picture of the cemetery... and that we had in mind letting
grandson Floyd know about the fallen stone with the thought he might get it
righted before the paper got a picture. About two weeks later, 8am Monday
morning, we received a phone call at home in Des Plaines, Illinois with a cheery
voice saying, "Remember me? This is Bernie. Bernie Diercks. Say, this past
weekend was nice and I got my son and my nephew over here and we went across the
road and mowed the cemetery and got the obelisk back up on the base and
straightened okay. I'm sending you a picture. The paper can come ahead and get
their picture anytime."
told Floyd and Mayme about it and they and their daughter, Shirley, and
son-in-law, Lyle Stockwell, went over to see the cemetery... and took some of
their good S & S Sugarbush maple syrup to Bernie as a "Thank you".
We have stopped to see Bernie several times since. He was a fairly recent
widower when we first met; has since remarried a friend of years ago, widowed,
and they seem very happy. Talk about a present-day Samaritan!
a "tour" has to have a start, and for the purpose of this one, we are
assuming you are approaching Minneapolis from the West on US 212 from Watertown,
South Dakota. Should you try this from another direction, you'll have to
rearrange the pieces, but the details will still hold. Of course, we cannot
guarantee that the roads may not be under construction, closed off, etc.
(As we write, Goodhue (Minn)
County 9 is being worked on... but you'll be able to find your way around it!
suggested "Heritage Tour" might include:
Pioneer Village - Montevideo, Minnesota
to Montevideo on US 212 watch for the intersection of US #59 and Minn #7. Right
there in the narrow corner of the intersection, is "Chippewa City"
Pioneer Village and smack on the corner is a neat white steepled church. When
Abel Anderson reached his longest pastoral assignment it was in Montevideo. The
church he served there merged with Our Saviour's in 1917 and Abel retired and
moved to Minneapolis to be near his daughters, Tryphena Anderson and Lydia
Turner. His original church
building was "retired" and finally moved to Pioneer Village much as it
was when he served it.
Rev. Abel and Mary Anderson's gravesite - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, which you approach on Minn #7 from Montevideo, you round the north
end of Lake Calhoun shortly after you actually get into the city limits at
France Avenue. After skirting the lake, the route heads due East on Lake Street.
A half-dozen blocks and you reach Hennepin Avenue. Turn right (South) and go six
blocks to 36th street and straight ahead are the gates to enter Lakewood
Cemetery. In Lakewood, follow the second right turn to the West and then work
your way, generally West and a bit South and down grade, to the lake at the
southwest corner of Lakewood. Go counter-clockwise around the lake starting at
it's West side.
about twenty yards after you start down the West side, stop. To your right,
approximately fifty feet to the right of the roadway you should find a
rectangular monument (it's front and back sides are a right angles to the road
so you have to be either before or after it to read "Anderson" on one
side and "Turner" on the other. Here, Rev. Abel and his Mary, together
with their son, Walther and their daughters, Tryphena and Lydia
and Lydia's husband, Joseph
you are at Lakewood at the right time of year you'll be amazed at the beautiful
black and white swans dotting the lake. Don't stop to feed them. It is not
allowed - particularly because the swans are styrofoam un-decoys...
placed there to prevent Canadian
landing and soiling the lawns
about the lake. It works, too?)
Andrew and Helen Anderson's homesite - Goodhue, Minnesota
Minneapolis, head East on the southern outer circle highway, I-494. After
crossing over the Minnesota/Mississippi river bottom you rise to meet Minn #55
and then US #52. Take US #52 South until you pass Cannon Falls. Go about another
nine miles and then take (Goodhue) County #9 to the left (East). This road comes
the West, from Northfield, thru
Dennison and Sogn
and runs East to Goodhue. When
you reach Goodhue, turn South on Minn #58 (running between Red Wing on the north
and Zumbrota on the South) and go three miles to a county road. The road will be
rising on an easy grade when you reach the county road. Turn right (West) and go
to the first farmhouse ... 1/4 mile.
It's the Bolin place today, but this is the old Andrew Anderson place.
Andrew and Helen Anderson's gravesite - Goodhue, Minnesota
Then retrace your steps to Goodhue (north on Minn #58) and when you reach Co. #9 again turn right (East). Proceed 1 1/2 miles to the top of a rise. There, on the right (southside) is Bernie Diercks nice home and across the street is the old Presbyterian graveyard where you will find Andrew's and Helen's graves... as well as those of several of their children.
Elizabeth Anderson and Hans Henry Danielson's homesite - Goodhue, Minnesota
East on Co.
#9 for 4 miles. Watch on the
left (north) side (you'll be on a slight downgrade) for the remains of an old
unoccupied weather-beaten house just at the edge of the road. About 100 feet
before you reach it is the hint of an old farm road (in grass) leaving Co.
It goes for maybe twenty feet and then splits... the left trail running
northwestish upgrade and into the trees.
Back in those trees a short block at the top of the hill are the remains
of the Danielson home. Just beyond
the split in the trail and on the right is the site of Hans
Danielson's workshop... the one from
which he ran the wire with a
sheet of tin on it as a message sender between home and shop. There are a few
remains of barns, etc.
further back on the right-hand
Anderson and Hans
Henry Danielson's gravesite -
East on Co.
#9 until you intersect the
north-south road County ,#2 where, if you turned South, you would go to
Bellchester. Instead, turn left (north). Go exactly one mile and you'll see a
small building (it used to be a town hall) on the northeast corner of an
intersection. At that point, turn left (West) and go a mile and a half. Heading
downgrade, stop when you see, on the left (South) side, a wrought-iron gate with
overhead framework "Methodist Cemetery". Back in this "Belevedere"
cemetery you will find the graves of Elizabeth and Hans
and two of their children.
Anderson and Lewis
Johnson's gravesite - Red Wing,
your steps East again to the little town hall, turn left (north) and again go a
mile... turn left (West) again on the blacktop county road and continue until
you are back at Minn #58 again. Turn right (north) and follow it until you reach
US #61, turn right (East) and go into Red Wing. Almost at the center of town,
turn right (South) on West Avenue and go to 7th Street. There turn left (East)
and go one block to East Avenue. There turn right and continue up hill to the
entrance to Oakwood Cemetery. It is
high on a hill you climb after you pass the gates. At the crest, the main
roadway turns to the left and in about a short block there is a manager's office
on the right. Ask there if they can lead you to the Lewis
and Martha Johnson gravesite
(interment 1927 and 1930). There are several turns to reach it and we cannot
recall each turn.
S & S Sugarbush - Ellsworth, Wisconsin
you are on this "tour" and are now about to head to Madison,
Wisconsin, you might just as well make a very slight detour and stop by your
cousins, the Stockwells, South of Ellsworth. Retrace your steps from the Red
Wing Cemetery to the center of town; go straight down East Avenue (you can go
down on it, but can't come up it!) all the way to town; pick up and follow US
#63 north across the Mississippi. About seven miles north, US #63 intersects an
east-west County road V. Take this to the right (East) and continue three miles
to the intersection of County road C. There, on the southwest corner of the
intersection is a church and directly across the street on your left is the
of Shirley and Lyle Stockwell.
Stop in and purchase some good S & S Sugarbush maple syrup... the price
can't be beat and the product is excellent.
dad and mom, Floyd (Andrew Anderson's grandson) and Mayme Snow, live just a bit
that corner on County C, first
house on the right after the church at the top of the hill.
The Memorial Terrace, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin
north on County C toward Ellsworth, and go right (East) on US #10 to Osseo and
pick up I-94. Take this to the
right (South). We quite often stop at Jermoos at Oakdale (first exit after I-90
and I-94 merge South of Tomah) for a respite, a snack or meal and browsing the
gift shop. (Kay likes their good but inexpensive line of greeting cards!)
of Madison you will intersect US #151. Take it to the right (southwest) and
follow it until, in town, you approach Capital Square. US #151 turns left a
couple of blocks before the Square... but you go straight ahead to the square...
where all traffic goes around counter clockwise. Turn right and go the one block
to that corner of the Square... then do not turn, just go straight ahead on
Pinckney Street for three more blocks... edging your way to the left until you
reach Gorham. At Gorham, turn left (it is a one way street) and follow it six
blocks until it "V's". There you turn slightly to the right and you
are on University Avenue. Four more blocks will put you at Park Street... turn
right and go to Langdon
Avenue, the equivalent of three
blocks. Just before Langdon
Avenue comes in from the right
you will pass the Wisconsin Historical Society's building where literally dozens
of boxes of Rasmus
B. Anderson materials are
Avenue canes in from
the right a road takes off to
the left. It is Observatory Drive and as you follow its curves uphill, just before
you get to the top, off on the right (and looking a bit backwards from the then
position of your car) notice a walk out to a bluff-like area. That is the
Memorial Terrace. Park wherever permitted as close as you can and walk back.
Among other memorabilia there you will find the "viking
ship-shaped stone" which
once rested as a carriage mount-dismount step in front of Rasmus
B. Anderson's "Aasgaard"
home in Madison. It bears an appropriate small bronze plaque of description.
and Karina Anderson's gravesete
will leave you to extricate yourself from
the streets of the campus and
from Madison the best you can, but in any event, head southeast from Madison on
US #12 to Cambridge. Pass through the center of Cambridge (US #12 is called Main
Street in town) and go about one-half mile to where the Lake Ripley Country Club
is on your right. On your left is a road, Park Street. Turn left into Park and
go about 3/10ths of a mile until you reach a road on the right which, in less
than a block, brings you to the entrance of Lake Ripley Cemetery. You will have to search a bit to find Rasmus'
and Karina's graves. If you park outside the cemetery and walk in, go straight up from
the road (as though it were
extended without a curve straight into the cemetery). Go up and over the hill
you come to the lake.
There, perhaps a bit to your right, along the outer edge of the cemetery and
overlooking the lake, are the two headstones; no monument.
and Clara Amundson's gravesete
grave, walk back towards your
car until you came to the first path... it is hardly a roadway... turn left and
walk about 150 feet up and over the rise. Looking to your right, you should spot
two monuments with the name "AMUNDSON" on them. One (closer and
rougher-hewn) is that of Albert and Clara and the other that of their sons,
Alvin and Karl and their wives.
and Clara Amundson's homesite
you head back into Cambridge, watch for Albert & Clara's home on your right;
on the North side of Main street and the east side of Simonson Street. It is
situated cattycorner from
the Presbyterian Church - about
five blocks east of the center of town.
R. B. A. Monument - Rockdale, Wisconsin
West on US #12 and watch for and take County Road 6 which runs South. Follow
this for about three miles until you came into Rockdale. There, right in the
center of town, on a slight triangle made by the roads, is an obelisk monument
erected by his friends in his
The East Koshkonong Church - Cambridge, Wisconsin
Rockdale is closer, local reference to the next 5 items is Cambridge.)
Continuing on County Road B thru Rockdale, when you have climbed a hill and
turned to the right (West) on curve, you intersect Hillside Road going off to
the left (South). Take it perhaps less than a half-mile to Church Street and
turn right. One longish block up grade are both the new and the old East
Koshkonong churches. Both are beautiful examples of their era and the cemetery
between them has a historic marker on it well worth your reading. It is this
church (they are both owned by the same congregation) which has the eternal care
of the Anderson-Amundson Cemetery.
Sanford Anderson farm - Cambridge, Wisconsin
the East Koshkonong churches and return to Hillside Road, turning right (South)
when you reach it. Again about a half-mile further it intersects County Road A
and right there where you then are is Hillside Corners. Turn left and go less
than a mile and turn in, on the right (South) side, to the farmyard road of the
Sanford Anderson farm. Sanford's great grandfather, Amund,
came to Koshkonong at the same
time as did Bjørn Anderson though they were no relation.
It was on Sanford's farm that the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America was founded and there is an impressive monument there marking the
The "Anderson-Amundson" cemetery at Hillside Corners - Cambridge, Wisconsin
Sanford's farm, retrace your path to Hillside Corners and turn left (South)...
going up the road only to the crest of the hill... pull off the road on the
right (West) side and stop at the cemetery. In October of 1985 a bronze plaque
is to be installed on the cemetery providing the background and explaining the
well-cared for, concrete and railing-walled cemetery.
not hesitate to step inside the railing (the gate does not open) to inspect the
obelisk and its markings. There buried are Abel Cathrine,
Bjørn and Ingebrigt plus young
Bruun (we know the obelisk identifies him as "Brun")
and the infant daughter of Rasmus,
The Mickelson Farm - Cambridge, Wisconsin
Anderson-Amundson Cemetery is located in the northeast corner of Bjørn and Abel
Cathrine's second farm at Koshkonong. The original homesite was down by the
stream southeast of the present Sanford Anderson farmhouse.
Bjørn n made some kind of a swap or extension of his land to this
location. The farm went from Abel Cathrine
who sold it to a Martin Hollo
(one of Abel Cathrine's pallbearers). Mrs. Ted Mickelson was a Hollo.
If you continue past the Mickelson farmhouse, South of the cemetery, the
next house is that of Ted Mickelson's son. Just before you reach his home, to
the right (West), well back from
the road and to the South of a
good sized barn, you will see a little one-story masonry building. This is the
remains of the home built for Abel Cathrine
after Bjørn's death and in
which she lived with Ingebrigt Amundson and the family after their marriage. It
was, at one time, a two-storied dwelling when the Hollo's lived there.
The C. A. Preus homesite - Cambridge, Wisconsin
north go back to County B, where you first turned into Hillside Road. There turn
left (West) and continue until you see the underpass of I-90 ahead. The last
home on the right (north side) was the home, though doubtless at least enlarged
if not rebuilt, of Pastor C. A. Preus, whose wife was a von
Krogh cousin by marriage of Abel
and where Rasmus
was sent to obtain tutoring
along with some of the Preus children.
The West Koshkonong churches - Utica, Wisconsin
West on County B until you reach Utica. The crossroad there is County road W.
Turn right (north) and in about three/fourths of a mile you will come to
Koshkonong Road (it is just before County W intersects (but doesn't connect to)
I-90. Turn left (West) and in a short bit you will come to the two West
Koshkonong churches. As a result of the pre-destination controversy in the
1880's, both the East and West Koshkonong congregations split, resulting in four
congregations in place of the former two. The merger of three Norwegian church
bodies in 1917 largely restored spiritual unity to the Koshkonong community, but
the older of the two West Koshkonong churches still belongs to what is called
the "Little Synod" while the newer one and the East church are members
of the American Lutheran Church denomination..
Little Norway - Mt. Horeb & Blue Mounds, Wisconsin
the West Koshkonong churches, the newer building is on Koshkonong Road and the
older one on a road which, at that point, runs to the right (north) only.
Leaving there, continue north on this latter, passing under I-90, until you
reach US #12 8 #18. Here turn left (West) on US #18 across the South side of
metropolitan Madison and continue to Mt. Horeb. Just a few miles West you will
find the road down to the right into the pleasant valley of Little Norway. Plan
a couple hours stop here and take the tour of the buildings and grounds...
appreciating what life lived in Norway years ago was really like. Among other
attractions, they have a very nice Stave Church there as a museum and among
their artifacts are a desk and other memorabilia of Rasmus.
we suggest you keep straight West on US #18 to Prairie du Chein and on, via
Iowa's #76 north from Marquette to the intersection with Iowa #9 and then
straight West to Decorah. If you time it right you can take in their
ever-popular "Nordic Fest"...
always the last full weekend in
Anderson and Stryk
Reque's gravesite - Spring
#52 north from Decorah into Minnesota and then Minn #44 East about 18 miles
brings you to Spring Grove. Just before you enter the town there is a cemetery
on the left (north) side of the road. Turn in. About 150 feet in on the right
are several trees and nestled just past them is the monument and headstones for
and Caroline Anderson's gravesite - Spring Grove, Minnesota
the same cemetery, further in and on the left are the headstones and a monument
for Brown Anderson.
Anderson's store - Spring Grove, Minnesota
East on Minn #44 into Spring Grove and drive toward the church just past the
center of town. In the second block before you get to the church, watch for
Solberg's Grocery on the right side of the road. This building was for years
Brown Anderson's store and restaurant.
and Caroline Anderson's homesite - Spring Grove, Minnesota
the store, take the first right (South) turn on Division Street. Continue to 300
South Division... just where a street comes in from
the left. This, quite changed
from when they lived there, was the home of Brown and Caroline Anderson.
Anderson and Stryk
Reque's homesite - Spring Grove,
north to Minn #44, turn right (East) and continue to the church. Turn left
(north) just in front of the church and drive one block. Roughly straight ahead across
the road is the present manse
for the church and this is the home that was built for Cecelia and Stryk
Reque... modernized a bit but
not materially changed.
Anderson and Torger Torgerson's gravesite - Northwood, Iowa
Take Minn #44 back West again to U S #52, follow #52 north to US #16. Follow #16 West until you meet I-90. Go West on I-90 to I-35. Take I-35 South to Iowa #105 and Iowa #105 West again. Stay with Iowa #105 until you have completed both a left and a right turn in the highway; then turn left at the second road. It is gravel to the left and black-top to the right. You take the gravel. The first church you come to, it is on your left, the east side of the road, is Sion Lutheran and is the church of which T. A. Torgerson was pastor. Both T. A. and Dina Anderson, his wife, are buried in the churchyard just South of the building.
short distance further on, this road dead-ends at a cross road. If you take the
crossroad to the right, you will shortly come to the Somber church where T.A.'s
son, A. J. was pastor.
a part of the preceding tour, but a point of interest to Norwegians is the town
of Norway, Illinois... on Illinois #71 South of U S #52 near Ottawa. It was
originally called Mission, but when it became the site of the first permanent
Norwegian settlement in this land it subsequently had its name changed. The
settlement was really established in 1834 by members of the "Slooper"
party who emigrated on the ship Restauration in 1825. There are several
memorials at Norway: the small church of Elling
Eielson who arrived there in
1839 is now a museum. The State of Illinois celebrated the founding of Norway at
its centennial in 1934 by placing a plaque on a large boulder calling attention
to this event. The Sesquicentennial of the sailing of the Sloopers on the ship,
Restauration, was celebrated in 1975 and at this time a small park was developed
with a permanent setting for a number of plaques telling the complete history.
the Fall of 1837, Abel Cathrine,
Bjørn, Andrew and Bruun arrived
here in time for the birth of Elizabeth and, more than two years later, Cecelia.
At first they lived with Kari
Nelson, widowed sister of Cleng
Peerson. Later, Bjørn built a
cabin on Endre
Dahl's land which served them
until they moved to the permanent homeland of Koshkonong Prairie in 1841.