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From 1915-1917, he was employed by the Nebraska Highway Department in the design and construction of bridges. On June 5, 1917, he enlisted in the Engineers Corps, was commissioned a captain in the United States Army, and took his training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was in active service with the A.E.F. in France, where he took part in the battles of St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne. After the armistice, he stayed on with the Army of Occupation, in Germany.

After his return from overseas, in 1920, Fred Albert became District Engineer in the Department of Public Works in the Dominican Republic, West Indies, where he remained for nine years and won recognition for his engineering and executive ability. In regard to his work, the Columbus Daily Telegram, on January 1, 1928, said:


Fred Craig Albert

"Fred Albert, engaged in engineering activities in San Domingo for several years, has been offered the position of Director General of the National Railway System of the Dominican Republic."

In 1930, he became field engineer for the Anglo-Chilean Corporation, at Tocopilla, Chile, where he served until 1932. 1933-1934 Mr. Albert was the engineer for preliminary location, design, and promotion of the Loup River Public Power District. From 1934-1937, he was the supervising engineer with the Harza Engineering Company, in the final design and construction of the Loup River Public Power Project. From 1938-1948, he was supervising engineer and assistant general manager for the Loup River Public Power District.

On December 23, 1934, at Schuyler, Nebraska, Mr. Albert married Evelyn Ruth Pittman, daughter of Clarence A. and Nellie Standen Pittman, Columbus residents.

Mr. Albert was a member of the Modern Woodmen, the Sigma Tau and Sigma Xi Fraternities, the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Legion, the Nebraska Engineering Society, the Nebraska Irrigation Association, the Nebraska Reclamation Association, the B.P.O.E., the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and the Wayside Country Club.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Fred Albert were members of the Methodist Church, in Columbus. Mr. Albert died in May, 1949.



Warren G. Albert

Warren G. Albert, son of I. L. and Jean Bruce Powley Albert, was born November 19, 1904, in Columbus, Nebraska. He had four brothers and two sisters: C. Bruce, of Aberdeen, Washington; Fred C., of Columbus; Ruth, Mrs. Phil R. Hockenberger, of Columbus; and Mary, Mrs. G. L. McGuffin, of Calgary, Canada. Three brothers are deceased.

Warren G. Albert attended the Columbus grade schools and was graduated from Columbus High School. He then attended Hastings College and the University of Nebraska where he studied law, and was admitted to the Nebraska Bar.

On March 3, 1928, he was married at Imperial, Nebraska, to Dora D. Cunningham, daughter of Alonzo and Elizabeth Ann Campbell Cunningham. Alonzo Cunningham, a Civil War Veteran, was a public official and rancher in Western Nebraska.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham are deceased. Warren Albert is engaged in a general law practice in Columbus. For many years he was City Police Judge.

He is a member of the B.P.O.E. (Elks), the Chamber of Commerce, the Cosmopolitan Club, the Izaak Walton League, the Platte County Agricultural Society, the Platte County and Nebraska State Bar Associations, the Wayside Country Club, and is a Democrat.



Doctor Christian Alexander Allenburger, the son of Henry Alexander and Katherine Marguerite Webber Allenburger, was born in Saratov, Russia. His parents were both natives of Saratov. Henry A. Allenburger died there in 1883. Later that same year, Mrs. Allenburger, accompanied by her son, Christian Alexander, immigrated to the United States to make a new home.

Mrs. Henry A. Allenburger had received a very fine education in Russia, and was able to speak several languages. While en route to this country, she found that her interpretative ability enabled her to meet and better understand the people of other countries.

Upon their arrival in the United States, Mrs. Allenburger and Christian traveled from New York to the town of Friend, in Saline County, Nebraska. They had other friends there and soon established their home.

Christian Allenburger attended the public schools in Friend and was graduated from the Friend High School. He then entered the University of Nebraska, where he


was enrolled in the School of Pharmacy. After finishing the pharmaceutical course, he went to the Lake Forest Academy, at Lake Forest, Illinois, where he studied for two years. Following this, he entered the Rush Medical College, at Chicago, and in 1895 was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

After serving his internship, Doctor Christian Alexander Allenburger returned to Nebraska and located at Shelby, in Polk County, where he opened a medical office and later established his hospital.

On November 19, 1905, Doctor Allenburger came to Columbus, where his first effort and achievement was to organize the medical staff at St. Mary's Hospital. This was accomplished with the aid of the Venerable Sister M. Augustina, Superioress of the hospital. At that time Doctor Allenburger was elected Chief of Staff by the other staff members. He also received a formal appointment to that position from the Venerable Sister M. Josepha, Provincial Superior of Lafayette, Indiana. He served as Chief of Staff at St. Mary's for twenty-five years, from 1905 to 1930.

Doctor Allenburger holds a unique position in the medical world, being a physician and surgeon of note. His medical skill has been recognized not only in his home state of Nebraska, but throughout the country. This recognition is signified by his affiliation with the foremost national, state, and local medical groups, including an honorary membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Fraternity.

He is a member and past president of the Platte County Medical Society; a Fellow of the Clinical Congress of Surgeons; a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a past president of one of its districts; a member of the Gorgas Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine; a member of the Association for the Study of Internal Secretions; a member of the National Academy of Science; a member of the Nebraska Academy of Science; a member of the National Council of Medical Defense, and a member of the Nebraska Pharmaceutical Association.

During World War I, Doctor C. A. Allenburger. although not called to active duty, was a reserve officer and was commissioned a major.

On June 6, 1906, Doctor Allenburger was married to Emma Wake, the daughter of Charles and Emma Shefford Wake. The Wakes were among the early pioneer families who came to Columbus in 1869. Mr. Wake was born March 16, 1826, in Yorkshire, England, and died February 13, 1910, in Columbus. Mrs. Wake was born in London, England, September 1/2 1835, and died December 7, 1922, in Columbus. Emma Wake Allenburger had three brothers and one sister; Charles, Frank, Thomas, and Susan. Mrs. Allenburger was born in Columbus, and received her formal education in the Columbus schools. She studied nursing at the Bishop Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, where she was graduated in 1901.

Doctor and Mrs. Allenburger had one son, Christian Alexander, Jr., who is a member of the dental faculty of Loyola University, at New Orleans.

He was married to Miss Louise Aubert, of Gulfport, Mississippi.

Mrs. C. A. Allenburger has compiled a complete history of the Grace Episcopal Church in Columbus, covering the years 1868 to 1941. She has been an active member of that church and has been identified with all of the outstanding church work of the St. Agnes Guild.

Doctor and Mrs. C. A. Allenburger enjoy traveling and have included in their itinerary trips to Mexico in 1935, South America in 1923, and the Canadian Rockies. Mrs. Allenburger and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Thomas Wake, were on a Mediterranean cruise in 1932. Mrs. Allenburger has a fine collection of antiques, and Doctor Allenburger has a rare collection of coins. He is a member of the National and American Numismatic Society. He holds a high rank in Masonry, is a Knight Templar and a thirty-second degree Mason in the Scottish Rite.


Doctor Christian Alexander Allenburger, Jr., son of Doctor Christian Alexander and Emma Wake Allenburger, was born in Columbus, Nebraska, on May 2, 1907. His father, a well known physician and surgeon, was born in Saratov, Russia. His mother was born in Columbus.

Christian Alexander, Jr., received his early education in the Columbus schools and was graduated from Columbus High School in 1925. As a preparatory to medical school, he entered the Lake Forest Academy, at Lake Forest, Illinois, in September, 1925, and was graduated with honors in 1926. He then entered the Medical School of Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Deciding to change to the field of dentistry, and since there was no school of dentistry at Tulane, he entered the Dental School of Loyola University, at New Orleans, where he was graduated with honors on June 7, 1937. He was one of four students in the class of 1937 who attained the high scholastic average award of scroll and key and was elected to membership in the Tau Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Fraternity Honor Society.

One of the outstanding honors received by Doctor Allenburger, Jr., was his appointment to a scholarship at the Forsythe Dental Infirmary for children, in Boston, Massachusetts. After serving for one year in the Forsythe Dental Infirmary, he entered and was graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Orthodontia.

Doctor Allenburger, Jr., was chosen as an instructor in clinical orthodontia by the faculty of Loyola University, at New Orleans. He served on their staff until 1943, when he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve, as a lieutenant, j.g. He served one year at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, at Great Lakes, Illinois, at which time he had attained the rank of lieutenant commander. As such, he served at San Francisco and other ports, and received his discharge in April, 1946.

He then resumed his practice in orthodontia in New

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Orleans and returned to Loyola University as a member of the faculty.

Doctor Christian Alexander Allenburger, Jr., was married to Mary Louise Aubert, the daughter of Robert L. and Bertha Aubert, of Gulfport, Mississippi, while he was a medical student of Tulane University, at New Orleans. Mrs. Allenburger was attending the Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, of Tulane University, at the time of their marriage.

Doctor and Mrs. Allenburger have three children: Emma Louise, Christian Alexander, III, and Linda Marie. They reside in New Orleans.


Jay Winton Andersen, known as "Andy," son of Peter and Fena B. Jensen Andersen, was born on November 4, 1902, in Springfield, Nebraska. His father was born September 16, 1860, in Denmark. His mother was born in May, 1860, in Omaha, Nebraska, and died in May, 1942 at Springfield.

Jay W. Andersen is one of a family of nine children, all of whom were born and raised on a farm, in a modest home. His two brothers, Arthur and Russell, are farmers. His sisters are: Mrs. Nora Phelps, Anna, Mrs. Carrie Bohrer, Mrs. Mary Graham, Lucille, who is a secretary, and Mrs. Carmeletta Blunt, deceased.

Jay Andersen attended school at Louisville, Nebraska. After graduation from high school, he attended the Agricultural College and the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska, and was graduated in 1925, with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He spent the next two years in General Electric Company factories at New York, in Pennsylvania, and in Massachusetts, as a student engineer.

On June 20, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska, he married Thelma A. Marks, daughter of Eben E. and Letta Allen Marks, of Omaha. She has one brother, George, in radio sales and service, in Omaha, and one sister, Helen, also of Omaha.

Jay W. and Thelma Marks Andersen have two sons: Richard G., known as "Dick," born May 10, 1934, at Grand Island, Nebraska; and Robert W., known as "Bob," born May 19, 1937, at Grand Island. The boys attended school at Grand Island, Columbus, Nebraska, and Muscatine, Iowa.

Mr. Andersen worked as an electrical engineer at Grand Island. He came to Columbus in February, 1941, as assistant to the general manager of Consumers Public Power District, in their general offices. In 1947, he was made manager of the Industrial and Rural Development of Consumers Public Power District, and on July i, 1948, he became general manager of the Electric Power and Water System, at Muscatine, Iowa.

From 1925 to 1941, he was a reserve officer in the Engineering Corps of the United States Army. He received his officer's training at Fort DuPont, Delaware, Fort Riley, Kansas, and Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

After coming to Columbus, in 1941, Mr. Andersen served on many civic committees, including Civilian Defense, War Bond drives, Community Chest, Red Cross, and Boy Scouts. He was chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Committee, in 1943; president of the Wayside Country Club, in 1944; a member of the Columbus Improvement Committee, in 1945; and on the Stadium Committee for the Improvement of Pawnee Park, in 1946.

The Jay W. Andersens are members of the Presbyterian Church, and attended the Federal Church in Columbus. Mr. Andersen holds membership in the Theta Chi Fraternity of the University of Nebraska, the Masonic Order, the Rotary Club International, and politically, he is a Republican.


David Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832. He attended school and lived there until 1859. In 1859, he went to Pikes Peak and remained in the mountains and on the plains for two years.

In 1861, he came to Nebraska and located on a farm six miles east of Columbus, where he was engaged in farming for sixteen years. In 1871, he began dealing in livestock. He handled fifteen hundred to two thousand head of cattle, and as high as two hundred and forty carloads of hogs in a year.

David Anderson was one of the directors of the Columbus Pork Packing Company, and was a stockholder in the Columbus Creamery. In November, 1887, he sold his buildings, yards, hog and grain business, to the Rickly Brothers.

After disposing of his interests, he moved to Omaha, where he had secured large property holdings.

In 1854, in Natchez, Mississippi, David Anderson was married to Mary Deaver, who was born in Emmettsburg, Maryland. David and Mary Anderson had three children: Laura, who was married to Benjamin Speilman, who was sheriff of Platte County; Ida, who was married to Charles Lightfoot and lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the Black Hills; and Emma.

David Anderson was one of the pioneers of the "Old West."


Anders Christian Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Soren Anderson, natives of Denmark, was born at Vordingborg, Denmark, on February 14, 1860, and immigrated to America with his parents, in 1867.

The Anderson family lived near Buffalo, New York, a year, then moved to a farm near Waupaca, Wisconsin, where they made their home until 1870. That year, they came to Nebraska, and located on a farm three miles east of Creston, in Platte County. There were two sons and three daughters in the Soren Anderson family. Besides Anders C., the family included William, Mrs. Peter Iverson, and Mrs. Emma Anderson, all of whom lived in San Juan, Texas, and Mrs. Anna Hasselbach, of St. Edwards, Nebraska.

Anders C. Anderson early in life developed a love of flowers, and horticulture became his hobby. As a young man, he built a small greenhouse on his father's


farm, where he experimented with many kinds of plants, during his leisure time.

In 1890, he left the farm and went to Leigh, Nebraska, where he built a small greenhouse, twenty by fifty feet, and there founded a mail order seed business. In 1901, when his business became too extensive for his Leigh location, he moved to Columbus, where he built a greenhouse twice the size of the one at Leigh, and continued his retail seed and mail order business.

On September 15, 1891, he married Ida Friedrich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl August Friedrich, Platte County pioneers. Ida Friedrich Anderson was born in Saxony, Germany, August 7, 1871, and came to, the United States with her parents when she was five years old. Upon their arrival in the States, in 1876, they came directly to Columbus, with Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Elias, of Columbus, who had been visiting in Germany. The Karl A. Friedrichs established a home on a farm in Creston Township, Platte County, where they lived for several years, until the children were grown. Ida Friedrich Anderson had three brothers and two sisters: Carl T., of Spencer, Nebraska; Ernst, of San Bruno, California; Otto F., of Newman Grove, Nebraska; Mrs. Lena Schwarz, of Humphrey, Nebraska; and Mrs. Gertrude Johnson, of Albion, Nebraska.

Anders C. and Ida Friedrich Anderson had one daughter and four sons: Frieda, who was associated in the Anderson Floral Company previous to her death in 1933; Alfred Carl and Oscar E., who became actively associated with their father in the floral business in the early 1920's; Doctor Herbert Friedrich, a physician and surgeon, of Hastings, Nebraska; and Doctor Ronald Christian, a physician and surgeon, of Columbus.

After the establishment of his business, in the early 1900's, Anders C. Anderson spent long hours in his greenhouse, working and experimenting with plants and flowers. Mrs. Anderson also spent much time working with her! husband. However, it was not until his business expanded that he received wide recognition for his work. In the late 1920's, the Anderson Floral Company became outstanding among the florists in Nebraska, and at the same time, attained a high rank with the florists in this section of the United States, a place it still holds.

As the years passed, Frieda, Alfred C. and Oscar E. became associated with their father in the business. In 1926, A. C. Anderson opened a town shop for cut flowers and plants, at 1257 Twenty-sixth Avenue, known as the Anderson Floral Shop.

The Anderson Floral Company continued to grow under the supervision of Mr. Anderson, until, in 1929, the greenhouse occupied seven divisions, each 30 by 100 feet, and two blocks of ground planted with flowers. The mail order business was enlarged until it covered most of the states in the Union.

Anders C. Anderson was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Columbus, and in his earlier years, was interested in politics. He was a member of the Congregational Church, and attended the Federated Church in Columbus. He died on September 14, 1929.

Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, and of the Ladies Aid and Sewing Circle of that church. She died on September 26, 1945.


Alfred C. Anderson, Columbus florist and nationally known breeder of chrysanthemums, was born June 17, 1897, at Leigh, Nebraska. His parents were Anders C. and Ida A. Friedrich Anderson. Alfred C. had three brothers: Oscar E., his co-partner in the Anderson Floral Company; Doctor Herbert F., of Hastings, Nebraska; and Doctor Ronald C., of Columbus. A sister, Frieda C., died February 7, 1933.

Alfred Anderson received his education in the Columbus schools. On February 12, 1920, at Grand Island, Nebraska, he was married to Regina C. Walker, daughter of Concord and Rosa Shaffer Walker. They had one son and two daughters: Allan C., Marie, and Roberta. Mrs. Anderson died in 1938.

Allan Charles Anderson, born May II, 1923, was graduated from Kramer High School. In World War II, he served as a Sergeant in the Air Corps. He saw service in New Guinea and participated in the Battle of Milne Bay. A victim of malaria, he was later sent to Australia. After his discharge, he was married to Rosalie Henderson, of Lincoln, Nebraska. They had two children, Janice, and Allan Charles, Jr. He works with his father at the Anderson Greenhouse.

Marie Anderson, born November 22, 1927, was graduated from Kramer High School, and attended Hastings College for two years. She is the wife of Alfred E. Becher. They had two children, a son Bruce Alfred and a daughter, Barbara Ann.

Roberta Anderson was born December 22, 1936, and attends Kramer High School.

During World War I, Alfred Anderson served with the United States Army 109th Supply Train of the 34th Division from September, 1917, to October, 1919.

He is a member of the Masonic Lebanon Lodge 323, AF&AM, the American Legion, and the Nebraska State Florists Association. He attends the Federated Church.


Oscar E. Anderson of the Anderson Floral Company, was born April 22, 1899, at Leigh, Nebraska. His parents were Anders Christian and Ida Friedrich Anderson. He had one sister and three brothers. Mr. Anderson attended the Columbus city schools, and was graduated from Columbus High School in 1917. He then became associated with his father in the Anderson Floral Company. He is now a co-owner in the business, and manager of the Anderson Floral Shop.

On July 30, 1923, he was married to Miss Blanche Hastings, daughter of John and Ella Woods Hastings, at Colorado Springs, Colorado. They had one son, John R., born May 12, 1929. He died May 14, 1929.

Oscar Anderson is a member of the Masonic Lodge Lebanon 323, AF&AM, the Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Florists Telegraph Delivery

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Association, and a past district representative for Region Eight A. of the F.T.D.A. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Anderson are members of the Federated Church.


Doctor Ronald C. Anderson, the son of Anders C. and Ida Frederich Anderson, was born in Columbus, Nebraska, April 20, 1908. His father, a florist, was born in Denmark. His mother was born in Saxony, Germany.

Ronald attended the Columbus schools and was graduated from the Columbus High School. He then attended the Hastings College and the University of Nebraska, where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree.

During World War II, Doctor Anderson served with the United States Army Medical Corps from 1940 to 1945, with the commission of colonel, in the European Theatre of Operation.

In 1938, in Columbus, Doctor Ronald C. Anderson was married to Margaret Pearse, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Pearse, of Columbus.

Doctor and Mrs. Anderson had three children: Thomas R., born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1941; Donald P., born in Salinas, California, in 1942; and John A., born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1948.

Doctor Anderson established his practice as a physician and surgeon in Columbus in 1934, and except for the five years spent in the United States Army, has practiced there since that time.

He holds memberships in the Platte County Medical Association, the Nebraska State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the International College of Surgeons, the B.P.O.E. (Elks), the American Legion and the Wayside Country Club.

Doctor Anderson is a member of the Federated Church of Columbus.


George Clarence Anderson, native of the Palestine neighborhood in Woodville Township and longtime Platte County farmer, was born October 11, 1876, the son of John M. and Permella Johnson Anderson.

John M. Anderson, born in Sweden, October 10, 1838, and died January, 1909. He was a Civil War veteran, and came to Platte County in October, 1872, from Kewanee, Illinois, in a covered wagon, with his mother and sisters. In Columbus, he married Permella Johnson, also a native of Sweden, who was born August 6, 1848, and died at St. Edward on January 12, 1946.

The Andersons experienced many hardships of early pioneer life on the Nebraska prairies. The Indians, passing through from Genoa to a reservation farther north, would frighten Mrs. Anderson. To appease them, she would open an upstairs window and throw them meat, bread and foodstuffs. These they would hastily take and go on their way.

At one time, during a sweeping prairie fire, Mrs. Anderson, her two small children, George and Gertrude, and a household helper took refuge in a small patch of plowed ground. At the time, Mr. Anderson was in Columbus on a two-day trip for supplies. Although the house was spared, there was extensive loss. On the day of the now historically famous blizzard of 188, several youths who had brought George and Gertrude home from school were compelled to remain at the Anderson home for the night. The home of H. C. Christensen, a neighbor, burned to the ground, and for a short while it was believed that one of the boys who had safely spent the night with the Andersons had perished in that house. Luckily, Mr. Christensen and his wife were at the home of his father, where they had been stranded by the storm.

George Anderson has two sisters, Gertrude and Mamie, and one brother, Dana A. All four attended school at the Palestine School District 62. George later attended the Genoa High School and is a graduate of the St. Edward High School, at St. Edward.

On June 5, 1907, at Genoa, he married Maude Viola Simpson, daughter of Peter and Lillian Jane Bessey Simpson. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have six children: John M., now married, born May 13, 1908; Nina, born December 20, 1909; George C., Jr., now married, born September 21, 1911; Margaret, born January 6, 1913; Mary, born April 14, 1915; Harold, a veteran of World War II, in the service for three years, two of which were spent in Iran, was born March 10, 1919. One son, Dana, died February 6, 1921.

The Anderson children, like their parents, all attended school at the Palestine School District 62, and are graduates of St. Edward High School. Mrs. Anderson taught at District 62 for five years, and her daughter, Nina, taught there for seven years. Mr. Anderson has been a director of this school for nineteen years. A grandson, Dana Ellis Anderson, was enrolled in that school as a student in 1948.

Mr. Anderson served as County Supervisor from District 4 for fourteen years. He is a member of the Palestine Community Club, and has served as president for several years. Politically, he is affiliated with the Republican Party.


Christian Martin Anderson was born October 6, 1876, in Monroe Township, and died March 25, 1943, in Monroe. His father, Nels Anderson, a farmer, came to Platte County from Denmark, and died in Monroe Township, September 18, 1886. Mrs. Anderson, also a native of Denmark, died in Monroe, November 29, 1893. Christian Anderson had two sisters, both of whom died while small children.

On May 10, 1909, in Fremont, Nebraska, Christian Anderson married Anne Cecelia Paulson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Larson Paulson, both natives of Denmark. Mr. Paulson, a farmer, died in Monroe, September 6, 1919, and Mrs. Paulson died June 16, 1917, also in Monroe. Anne Paulson Anderson had three brothers and one sister: Christian and Martin, who married Nora Bergland, are both farmers; Anton died on May 21, 1946, in Platte Center; and her sister died some years ago.


Christian Martin and Anne Cecelia Anderson had four children, all born in Monroe: Christina J., George H., Ernest M., and Edgar R. The children attended school at District 8,, Okay, and Genoa.

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson also raised Alice Paulson, now Mrs. William Engberg, from the age of six months. They also have one adopted son, Robert Jerome Anderson.

The Anderson family are members of the Lutheran Church.


Dan W. Anderson, son of John P. and Anna Johnson Anderson, was born in Platte County, September 29, 1890. His father, born in Sweden, July 16, 1856, came to Platte County from Oakland, Nebraska, in 1881, when he settled in Woodville Township. He died April ,6, 1927, at Newman Grove, Nebraska. Anna Johnson Anderson was born in Sweden, March 1, 1863, and died at Newman Grove, January 29, 1939.

Dan Anderson had two brothers: Arthur, a farmer, is married to Ella Emig; Elmer, a creamery operator, is married to Edna Hare.

Dan Anderson attended school in Platte County, Lincoln, and Omaha, Nebraska. He was graduated from high school and finished a course at a trade school. He was engaged in farming, and in later years became a stationary engineer.

On June 25, 1919, in Platte County, he married Pearl Peterson, daughter of John P. and Augusta Hansen Peterson. John P. Peterson, a farmer, was born in Sweden, October 24, 1856, and died in Platte County, January 9, 1944. His wife was born in Sweden, November 23, 1863, and died in St. Edward, Nebraska, February 13, 1927. Pearl Peterson had two sisters: Julia is the wife of Olaf Skanderys; and Lillie is associated with an insurance company.

Dan W. and Pearl Anderson have two sons: Merlin, born November 23, 1923, was graduated from the Lincoln High School, at Lincoln, Nebraska, the University of Nebraska, Amherst College, at Amherst, Massachusetts, and West Point Military Academy, at West Point, New York; and Lowell, born August 16, 1925, was graduated from the Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan W. Anderson now live at 661 North Fifty-fifth Street in Omaha, Nebraska. They are Presbyterians, and politically, Mr. Anderson is affiliated with the Republican Party. His hobbies are baseball and music.


Robert Anderson, the second son of Willis and Anna Engel Anderson, was born in Columbus, Nebraska, January I, 1893. His father was born in Iowa, near Marshalltown, and died in Columbus around 1905. Anna Engel Anderson was born in Ohio and came to Platte County with her parents, George C. and Catherine Engel, in 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Engel settled on a farm in Columbus Township, and it was there that Anna Engel was married to Willis Anderson.

Robert Anderson had two brothers, Alex and Edwin, both of whom were graduated from the Columbus High School.

Alex Anderson was married to Myrtle Scott, of Columbus, Nebraska. They had two daughters: Dorothy, the wife of John Mauck, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; and Betty Lou, the wife of George Richardson, of Winton Salem, North Carolina. Alex lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Edwin Anderson was married to Fern Snelling and lived in Los Angeles, California. He died in September, 1948.

Robert Anderson was associated with Swift and Company until 1942. After finishing high school, he entered the employ of Swift and Company in Columbus, and was transferred to Norfolk, Nebraska, in 1928, and to Los Angeles, California, in 1932.

During World War II, Mr. Anderson was one of the thirteen field buyers selected by the United States Government to serve in the Food Department of the Quartermasters Corps of the Armed Forces. J. Howard Hamilton headed this Government department in Washington, D. C.

Since 1946, Robert Anderson has been merchandising manager for the Jim Dandy Markets in Los Angeles.

On September 15, 1918, Mr. Anderson was married to Lillian Devlin, the daughter of Carroll E. and Jennie Gertrude Amigh Devlin, of Columbus, Nebraska. Mrs. Anderson has a sister, Vernetta, the wife of J. Howard Hamilton, of Berkeley, California, and a brother, Carroll Devlin, of Columbus, Nebraska.

Robert and Lillian Devlin Anderson have three sons: Robert, Jr., James Edwin, and Charles Jamison, all of whom attended the Rosewood Grammar School and were graduated from the Fairfax High School in Los Angeles.

Robert Anderson holds membership in the Masons and is affiliated with the Republican Party. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are members of the Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.


Robert Anderson, Jr., was born November 2, 1920. He received his Bachelor degree in engineering from the Colorado A. and M. College, at Fort Collins, Colorado, and his Master's degree in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute of Technology in Detroit, Michigan. He is a chassis engineer for Plymouth Motors at the Chrysler Company, in Detroit.

At the Colorado A. and M. College, he was affiliated with the Sigma Nu Fraternity.

During World War II he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served as a captain in the Army Engineering Corps.

Robert Anderson, Jr., was married to Constance Severy, of Los Angeles, in 1942. They have two children: Robert, III, born May 2, 1943, and Kathleen, born January 3, 1949, in Detroit, Michigan.


James Edwin Anderson was born in Columbus,

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