"Lars E. Anderson, one of the best-known and substantial retired farmers of Lac qui Parle county, now living in a fine home in Madison, is a native of the kingdom of Sweden, but has been a resident of Minnesota since he was four years of age. He was born February 7, 1876, son of Ander J. and Sophia Erickson, natives of Sweden and farming people, who came to the United States in the spring of 1880, proceeding directly to Minnesota, and in the fall of that same year took possession of a quarter section homestead in Arena township, Lac qui Parle county. There Ander J. Erickson established his family in a dug-out home and proceeded to develop his place, farming with oxen until he had the land broken for cultivation. From the very beginning he was successful in his operations, mad splendid improvements on the homestead and gradually added to his holdings until he became one of the most extensive landowners in the county, the owner of one thousand three hundred and sixty acres of land. He continued on the homestead farm until the spring of 1893, when he retired from the active labors of the farm and he and his wife moved to Madison, where he died in 1909, at the age of sixty-four years, and where his widow is still living. They were the parents of six children, namely: Johanna, widow of Marcus A. Marcuson; P. John, a retired farmer, now living in Madison; Matilda, deceased; Emma, who continues to make her home with her aged mother; Lars E., the subject of this biographical sketch, and Oscar, who is farming the old homestead place.
"Lars E. Anderson was but a small boy when his parents came to Minnesota and he grew to manhood on the homestad farm in Arena township, receiving his schooling in the neighboring district school and helping in the work of developing his fathers's extensive and growing interests. At the time of his marriage in 1891 Mr. Anderson bought a tract of one hundred and sixty acrs from his father on section 34, of Arena township, and there established his home. His father gave him a quarter section of unimproved land on section 3, of Garfield town ship, and he began to develp an dimprove both places. He planted one of the nicest groves in the county on his home place and as he prospered in his operations bought an additional tract of two hundred and forty acres, thus having possession of five hundred and sixty acres, all of which he farmed save one quarter section, which he rented out. There he live until the spring of 1913, when he moved into Madison, in order that his children might have the advantages of better school facilities and he and his family have since lived in a fine home near the Lutheran Normal School, where they were very pleasantly situated. In addition to his extensive farming interests, Mr. Anderson has ever taken an active interest in the various business enterprises affecting his home community and was one of the four men who brought about the establishment of the Haydenville elevator; was vice-president of the concern for some time and is still a stockholder in the same. He also is a stockholder in the Madison Farmers' Elevator Company and has other investments. Mr. Anderson is a Republican and takes a warm interest in local political affairs, but has not been a seeker after public office.
"It was on November 9, 1891, that Lars E. Anderson was united in marriage to Mina Klanderud and to this union seven children have been born, Celia, Lulu, Othilie, Agnes, Myrtle, Esther and Louis, all of whom are at home. The Andersons are members of the United Lutheran Church and take a proper interest in the various beneficaries of the same, as well as in all community good works, and are helpful in promoting all proper agencies for the betterment of conditions hereabout."