Ole & Regina Anderson

Ole Andreas Anderson filed a homestead claim in Riga Township, on the south side of Buffalo Lodge Lake in 1902. His brothers fileld on land nearby, but later sold it and returned to Wisconsin. Ole returned to Taylor, Wisconsin to marry Regina Jacobson, and the couple moved to his homestead in McHenry County, North Dakota.


The Andersons gave birth to ten children. They were Alida, Esmond, Orland, Rena, Thilman, Edward, Celia, Irving, Mildred, and Lester, who died in infancy. Seven of their children were delivered by the same pioneer doctor, Dr. F. Kolb, Sr. These seven were baptized by the same Lutheran pastor, Rev. R.T. Wanberg of Towner. All nine children attended school at Riga, a distance of three miles across country.

In his youth, Ole Anderson was employed much of the time as a woodsman in Wisconsin. At the age of twenty, he traveled to Chicago, where he was employed at a coffee warehouse. While there, he joined the Norwegian Turners Society, which was an athletic club.

In Riga Township, Ole was head of the Riga board of township supervisors for many years, and a school treasurer for a number of years, passing away in 1948 at the age of seventy-three. Regina died in 1944, at the age of sixty.

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