Samuelson, Andrew (History - 1862)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

ANDREW SAMUELSON, who is engaged in farming in Section 6, Worden Township, was born in Esterdale, Norway, Sept. 25, 1862. His father's name was Samuel Olson, and his mother's, before marriage, Anne Hanson. There were three sons in the family, Ole, Samuel and Andrew, the two latter being twins. In 1880 Ole came to the United States, being followed by Andrew in 1882. The latter found work in a factory At St. Croix, Wis., where he remained for three years. In 1885 he and his brother Samuel, came to Clark County and bought land, Sam securing eighty acres in Section 31, Thorp Township, and Andrew, a tract of the same size in Section 6, Worden Township, lying just across the road from that of his brother. Both tracts were wild. Building a log cabin the brothers led a bachelor's life for five years, during that time being engaged in clearing their farms, Sam naming his Poplar Grove Farm, and Andrew bestowing the name of Maple Ridge Farm upon his own. The latter has now sixty-five acres cleared and Samuel has seventy. In 1911 Andrew built his present residence and his brother Sam resides with him. Andrew was the first to build a silo, which he did in 1913, Sam building his in 1916. They are operating their farms separately, Sam raising mixed stock. Andrew raises Guernsey cattle, starting five years ago with six cows. He now owns a full blooded bull, and milks twenty-two cows. He has thirteen acres of his land planted with corn and ten acres with oats, and also grows potatoes. In 1917 he built a new barn, 36 by 86 feet in size, with stone basement and concrete floor, provided with forty cattle stalls, two box stalls and three horse stalls. The hay mow will hold about 150 tons.


Andrew Samuelson was married, in August, 1910, to Mrs. Annie Erickson, who was born in Norway, in 1873, and whose maiden name was Anderson. By her first husband she had two children: Thorville and Birger, the latter being now deceased. Mr. Samuelson and wife have one child, Arthur, who was born April 7, 1912. The family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church.



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