"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Anderson, Frank a progressive farmer in the town of Conover, Vilas County, was born in Sweden, Nov. 19, 1870, son of Andrew and Louisa (NYE) SWANSON. The parents were natives of Sweden; the father is now deceased, but the mother is still living and is now in her eighty-first year. Frank ANDERSON was reared and educated in his native land and came to the United States in the spring of 1888; here he first settled in Polk County, Nebraska, where he worked on farms for five years. From there he went to Minneapolis, Minn., and entered the employ of the Twin City Rapid Transit Co., remaining with them for 25 years; and for 22 1/2 years of that period being a conductor on their electric cars. He first came to Vilas County on April 28, 1915, and it was at tht time that he purchased his present tract of 80 acres in Section 13, town of Conover, and began the development of this property. He continued with the Twin City Rapid Transit Co. for four years after this, leaving his wife and son to manage the Vilas County property, but since 1919 he has devoted his entire time to the development and operation of the farm. He has made excellent progress with this work, having cleared a good portion of the land from its original wild state and made a number of improvements, including the erection of an eight-room house and a full set of farm buildings. He served for three years on the school board of District No. 1, town of Conover, and is one of the representative citizens of the community. His fraternal affiliations are with the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. ANDERSON was married in Minneapolis, May 18, 1894, to Miss Carrie OLSON. He and his wife have had two children, Antoinette and Robert, but Antoinette, who was a teacher in the Conover town schools was taken by death on March 14, 1919. Robert ANDERSON remained at home assisting in the operation of the farm, until 1920. He then operated a rented farm for two years, and in 1922 he purchased the August OSTERBERG homestead of 80 acres, on which he now carries on general farming; he has a concrete silo, and has made a number of other improvements on the property. On March 19, 1919, he was united in married with Caroline HANSON, daughter of Hans and Fredericka (SWANLAND) HANSON, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert ANDERSON have two children, Hazel and Dorothy.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 428, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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