From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 948

JOHN J. ANDERSON, A.M., Principal of Monona Academy; he was born in 1841, in the neighborhood of Skien, in Southeastern Norway; came with his parents to the United States in 1843, and settled in the township of Norway, Racine Co., Wis.; he entered the Preparatory Department of Beloit College in 1860; graduated from Beloit College in the Class of '69; his health preventing continuous study, he taught several terms in the public schools while pursuing his college course, and also, while in college, he taught classes in the preparatory department. He also enlisted with the hundred-day men, and served five months in Co. I, 40th W.V.I. On graduation, he immediately took charge of Marshall Academy, Dane Co., where he remained five years; in the next two years, he completed the regular theological course, mainly at Philadelphia; in 1876, he was elected Principal of Monona Academy, which position he now holds. The attendance is quite uniform at seventy-five students, all Norwegians. He was married in 1873 to Miss Harriet ATWOOD MATTSON, of Lake Mills; they have one child - Henry C.; she was for four years Preceptress at Marshall Academy, and is a lady of literary and general culture; she is a correspondent of several periodicals and has published some popular translations of Norse literature; she is in delicate health. Prof. ANDERSON is correspondent of several church journals and other publications; he has the manuscript of a Norwegian Reader nearly ready for publication; his library numbers about one thousand volumes, and its literary, classic and scientific departments are well selected. He has been especially successful in teaching mathematics, and has also given much attention to the languages of the North - Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon - and is a close student of English literature.

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