Alfred John Anderson (1872 – 1948) &
Anna Maria Erickson (1880 – 1947)
Alfred John Anderson
Born: 20 Sept. 1872
Vastra Vingåker, Södermanland, Sweden
Died: 19 Sept 1948
Murray, Salt Lake Co., Utah
Buried: Murray City Cemetery
MARRIED: 6 November, 1901 at Salt Lake City Utah
Born: 28 Oct. 1880 (maybe 1882 ?)
Vingåker, Södermanland, Sweden
Died: 13 Dec. 1947
Murray, Salt Lake Co., Utah
Buried: Murray City Cemetery
Vastra, Vingaker, Sodermanland, Sweden
Vingåker is a small rural town in Södermanland, Sweden, and the seat of Vingåker Municipality,
The town's expansion began in 1862 when a railway station was opened along the western main line
(Västra Stambanan, which runs from Stockholm to Gothenburg). The station remained in operation up
until 1971, then reopened in 2003. A transit center for refugees from Norway during World War II was
located in the manor of Kjesäter, now a folk high school
Södermanland County (Södermanlands län) is a county or län on the south east coast of Sweden. It is an
administrative unit, covering most of the province Södermanland. The eastern parts of the
Södermanland province, largely corresponding to the Södertörn area, belong to Stockholm County.
Vastra (west) Vingaker is about 90 miles west-south west of Stockholm near the west tip of Lake
Kolsnaren. It is also 10 miles from Lake Hjalmaren,
THE SHIP ANNA ERICKSON EMMIGRATED ABOARD 1900 - “Vancouver”
Unknown to Unknown on the “Vancouver” (21 Jun 1900)
Ship Name Vancouver, Departure, 21 Jun 1900 from Unknown Port
Arrival, Unknown Date at Unknown Port
British Mission Register. Film Number 25693. Book/Volume: 1825; 3067. Notes:
This was entered prior to 2002
PROBABLY DEPARTED LIVERPOOL U.K. ARRIVE PORTLAND, MAINE; TRAIN TO SLC, UTAH
Last Name Erikson First Name Anna Age 19
Booking Point Salt Lake City Origin Sweden
Passenger Type Swedish Emigrant
“Vancouver”, Dominion Line “Vancouver”, Dominion Line steamship, original
sailing rig steamship –and two funnels with one funnel post 1892
The Dominion Line was a trans-Atlantic passenger line founded in 1870 as the Liverpool & Mississippi
Steamship Co., with the official name being changed in 1872 to the Mississippi & Dominion Steamship
Co Ltd …
The line sailed from Liverpool and several ports on the American and Canadian east coasts, namely
Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Portland and Boston
`S.S. " VANCOUVER,"
Fleet of the Dominion Line Royal Mail Steamers c. 1900
Fleet listing of the Dominion Line Royal Mail Steamers steamship line circa 1900 including routes they
covered, steamships, tonnage, the length and breadth of each ship.
DOMINION LINE Royal Mail Steamers.
THE DOMINION LINE STEAMERS SAIL REGULARLY BETWEEN
LIVERPOOL and BOSTON (via Queenstown).
LIVERPOOL, QUEBEC and MONTREAL.
LIVERPOOL, HALIFAX and ST, JOHN, N.B.
LIVERPOOL, HALIFAX and PORTLAND, Me. (Anna Erickson probably arrived here)
British Mission Manuscript History Voyage Entry
“Thursday, June 21 1900 . . . The steamship ‘Vancouver’ sailed from Liverpool with 66 Saints on board,
bound for Utah. The company embraced 44 Scandinavian and 6 British emigrants and 16 returning
missionaries, namely, Job Heinsley, A [BLANK SPACE] L . Larsen, F. E. Baker, B. [written in G.]
Thatcher, and wife (Florence B0, J [John] R. Hart, Nels Nelson, St. S. Pond, Z [BLANK SPACE] W.
Israelsen, Emil Pettersborg, R. H. Smith, Serverin Swenson, Edward Larsen, Joseph Nelson, Peter
Hansen, and J [BLANK SPACE] P. Mortensen. (Orig. Doc.)” [BMMH, 1900].
Both Anna Erickson and Alfred John Anderson were born and raised at Vingaker, Sweden. However,
they did not know each other while living in Sweden. Vingaker is a farm community.
Most families were sharecroppers. They were furnished a well built home and other supplies, but only
enough money to barley exist.
The Lutheran Church was the State Church of Sweden and all of my ancestors were automatically
members, but were later given the opportunity to join other Church’s.
Alfred J. Anderson’s Parents
Alfred’s Father, Anders, was a carpenter (per Caroline
“Lena” biography). The family was contacted by the Mormon
missionaries and mother Greta (Brita) (at age 45) and father
Anders (at age 50) were baptized member of the LDS Church on
12 Oct 1879.
[Caroline “Lena” biography says Brita and she was both
baptized – 4 Mar 1898].
Alfred remained Lutheran his whole life. It is not clear if any of
other the children were baptized at that time. However, just two
months later Alfred’s father, Anders, died on 12 Dec 1879.
This left Alfred’s Mother, Brita, with 7 (living) children ranging in
age from 17 to 2 year old. ---------------------------
Life was very difficult for the family. Brita took in washing and
ironing to earn a little money, and they farmed most of their food.
Besides attending grammar school, the boys work on farms and the
girls worked as maid & house keepers.
Moving to Stockholm provided more opportunities for young
Anders (III) Andersson & Brita Persson Andersson had eight
Born Died 1879
Anders III Andersson 19 Nov 1829 12 Dec 1879 – Sweden 50
Britta Persson Andersson 17 Jul 1834 4 Jan 1928 - Utah 45
1 Per August 13 May 1862 17 Oct 1883 – Sweden 17
2 Anna Louisa 27 Feb 1865 27 May 1953 – Sweden 14
3 Brita Christina “Stena” 2 Oct 1866 7 Dec 1918 – Utah 13
4- Carl Fredrick 21 Oct 1867 29 Mar 1868 – Sweden (died 5 Mo.)
5- Erick Vilhelm (William) 21 Feb. 1869 13 May 1930 – Utah 10
6- Alfred John 20 Jan 1872 19 Sep 1948 – Utah 7
7- Caroline “Lena” 9 Sep 1874 27 Sep 1958 – Utah 5
8- Ellen Josefina 19 Apr 1877 12 Nov 1857 – Utah 2
Family Immigration Dates based on U.S. Census records:
Immigration dates based on U.S. Census records:
Census Date 1900 1910 1930
1 Britta Persson Andersson 1899 1898
3 Britta Christina “Stena” 1899
Fiitz Emil Forsberg 1899 1898
5- Erick Vilhelm (William) 1892 1893
6- Alfred John 1896 1896
7- Caroline “Lena” 1898 1898
Emil Westling 1893 1896
8- Ellen Josefina 1893 1897 – 1930 Census
Andrew Johnson 1892 1892 1893 – 1930 Census
The 1900 Census is probably the accurate
After arriving in Utah, they found times very hard, about the only employment they could find was
common labor. My father, Alfred, was a sheepherder for Hatch Incorporated for at least 2 years and he
had employment at Bingham cooper mines and at Park City silver mines.
Anna Erickson became a member of the LDS Church in Sweden and immigrated to Utah during 1900,
Aboard: Vancouver (Departed: 21 Jun 1900) (at age 18 or 20?). Her brother, Joseph Erick Ericksson and
her parents (Father, Erick Persson Erickson & Mother, Anna Marie Kampe) immigrated a few years
later. Her sister, Hulda Marie, passes away in Sweden during 1899. Hulda Marie’s husband, August
Wilhelm Persson Gustavson and their four(4) children: Carl William, Maria Victoria, Elsa Linnea and
Oscar Hjalmer and new wife, Kristina Sofia Westerberg, immigrated to Utah during 1905 aboard the
My Mother (Anna) was 10 years younger than my Dad and she came to Utah several years later. When
she arrived in SLC she found employment as a housekeeper & maid in Salt Lake City and/or Park City.
The family she worked for had a son named Irvin, whom she liked very much, so she decided to name her
first son Irvin (according to Irvin). Alfred was working in Park City as a miner at that time.
The Swedish people naturally banded together and had frequent social gatherings. This was particularly
true in Park City, Utah where Alfred was working. At one of the socials Alfred & Anna were introduced.
Alfred knew he had finally met his sweetheart, Anna Maria Erickson. Father knew he had a prize, from
the same locality he was from. Alfred was 28-29 and Anna was 18-19 years old. After a fairly short period
of courtship, they were married in Salt Lake City, Utah in a civil marriage.
On 6 November 1901 they were married at Salt Lake City, Utah
Their children are:
1- Elsa Margaret Marie, Born: 7 Nov. 1903
2- Irvin Alfred, Born: 15 Apr. 1904 –
3- Viola Anna, Born: 30 Jan. 1906 -
4- Ruth Edith, Born: 16 Aug 1909 –
5- Elmer Joseph, Born: 23 May 1911 –
6- Harry Melvin, Born: 6 May 1914 –
7- Milton Allen, Born: 9 Jun 1916
8- Neils Robert, Born: 13 Dec. 1918 –
Alfred, soon after that found steady
employment with American Smelting &
Refining Co. There were several
refining Co.’s and smelters in the Valley
and he did short stints at some of them.
Finally settling at the Murray Plant. His
pay at first was less than $3.00 per day.
My parents lived in several locations in
the Murray area, renting until their 4th
child was born.
Alfred’s Mother, his sisters, brother and their husband’s, wife’s and children often got together on
Sunday for food and visiting.
1906 Family Get Together Alfred’s family and his Mother, Sisters & Brother
With husband’s, wife’s, mother-in-law’s & children.
1- Emil Westling. 2- Caroline “Lena” Anderson Westling, 3 Andrew “Anders” Svenson Johnson,
4- Josephina Ellen Anderson Johnson, 5- Brita Christina “Stena” Anderson Forsberg, 6- Franz “Emil”
Forsberg, 7- Hilma Carlson Anderson, 8- Erick William Anderson, 9- Anna Erickson Anderson,
10- Alfred John Anderson holding 11- Viola Anna Anderson
12- Lawrence Westling, 13- Grandma Westling holding 14- Hilmer Westling, 15- Nils Johnson, 16- Grace
Johnson, 17- Grandma Britta Persdotter Anderson holding 18- Vernal Johnson, 19- Grandma Carlson
holding 20- Alvin Anderson, 21- Elsa Margaret Marie Anderson, 22- Irvin Alfred Anderson.
I was told that our parents rented and lived in several homes in
Murray, Utah with dirt floors, no electricitynd no running
But I know one thing for sure, no one went to bed between
dirty sheets or quilts or needed to put unclean clothes on the
I watched Mother, many times, washing our clothes and
bedding. She had a big tub and metal scrubbing board with
corrugated ridges with which she scrubbed everything. She had
water from our flowing well, with a fire going under another
tub and outside clothes lines. She must have been born with a
very strong constitution. I am sure that I thought she was going
to be here with me forever and be my servant as I never
remember offering to help her with anything. (Elmer)
They lived in several locations in the Murray area, renting
until their 4th
child was born. At that time they had 3 girls and
Then they had enough money saved to
buy one acre of ground and built a
modest but ample good looking wood
frame home at 4612 So. 2nd
Murray, Utah. One bedroom, no
indoor bathroom, 2 living rooms, one
big kitchen, front and back porches.
The rest of the kid’s were born in the
living room at home, where there was a
coal stove Rachel Anderson's mother
was mid wife and helped the doctor
deliver her babies. She would help for 5
days after. She was at least 15 years
older than Grandma (Anna), but was a
very good friend to her. She was
married, so she would walk from 5300
South, twice a week and bring popcorn
or something good.
They also built a small cow barn & pig pen and a small chicken coup (about 40 X 25 feet). There was an
irrigation ditch running along the back, west side, of the property. They set about to raise their own
potatoes & vegetables, their own milk, except when the cow had the dry period; then they would buy
from some neighbor. There was always a 50 gal. wooden barrel with well salted pork to preserve it. They
had chickens for eggs and meat. They also loved fish and it was cheap in those days. They built a good,
below ground, cellar for food storage at the back of the house.
Often Grandma, Anna, would send use down to the cellar to
get something for the kitchen. I remember going down there
and wondering at the large amount and variety of food keep in
the cellar. That cellar was always cool in the heat of summer
and just cool (warm compared to outside) in the winter time. It
was an extremely well built cellar.
The cellar entrance is behind Elmer & Irvin. You went
down steps about 6 ft. The cellar was like a basement (cement
walls and floor). An inverted V roof with one foot or more of
soil on top. Large cottonwood trees surround the side and
Of course there was no inside bathroom in those days. The
outhouse was out in the back, toward the barn. I remember
going out there to use the facility and remember well the Sears
catalog used to wipe ones self. Not the slick color page of
today. This was more like thin newspaper pages. Anyway,
that’s what we did in those days
About 1920, Alfred decided he needed a farm to keep the family busy and to teach them to work. They
bought a farm on West 5300 So. and lived there. The farm
turned out to be a poor investment. Poor ground, horses and
cows died from lead poisoning from air pollution from
American Smelter Corp. Poor help from inexperienced lazy
kids. So about 2 or 3 years later he sold the farm at a little loss
and bought a house back down in Nebraska Flats (4701 South
2nd West) from Uncle Andrew Johnson and his wife Aunt
Ellen (Alfred’s sister). But he could hardly wait for the
opportunity to buy back the house he built which was owned
by the Blad family. They were just as anxious to get out and
move back to Idaho. So Dad sold the A. Johnson home to a
Mr. Phelps and one of the happiest days of his & Mothers &
ours lives was the day we moved back into the house Dad and
Mother had built
Mother was so committed to our family. She naturally felt she
had to have 3 meals on the table, on time, each and every day.
Besides, doing most of the house work, keeping clothes clean,
crocheting and sewing. Also, she was the one who milked the
cow and did a major part of care and feeding of chickens,
Grandma, Anna, milked the cow. Grandpa, Alfred, had the
end of his thumb cut off in a farming accident and could not
milk the cow. One of the cows quite giving milk. After a visit
from the veterinarian, it was decided she had a piece of bailing wire in her stomach, and soon died. We
lost one other cow. We had her staked on the ditch bank for grazing. When we found her she had tripped
and fell in the water and drowned.
Grandma had flowers of all
kinds surrounding the house. She
crocheted doilies and sold them
to neighbors and friend.
Crocheted dollies were
commonly used on the arm rest
and back or head rest, of living
room chairs & couches.
Grandma's (Anna’s) hobbies
were sewing and crocheting. She
sewed all the kids clothes. She
made beautiful doilies, hankies,
towels, pillows cases, tablecloths,
etc. She crocheted dust caps and
sold them. She used wide taffeta
The front porch was later enclosed with windows
on the side and front, allowing plenty of light
during winter for indoor plants plus being a
pleasant area to meet guests and visitors. A 2nd
bedroom was added in the back side of the
Mother & Dad (Anna & Alfred) never attended a
picture show. They never owned a radio until all the
children were grown, never even seen a television.
Never had a telephone or indoor bathroom until all
children were fully grown. The kitchen pantry was
remodeled into a bathroom. We got electricity when
I (Elmer) was 8 yrs old (about 1920), and a
refrigerator about 2 years later and a player piano
when I was 12 years old. Food was prepared on
wood/coal fired stove. And the kitchen always held
the aroma of delicious food being prepared. One
living room had a small coal stove. No air conditions
or central heat.
Dad, Alfred, never owned an automobile – even
though the kids did. He walked to and from work, at the smelter, every day (about 1.5 miles one way).
Grandpa worked 7 days a week at the Smelter and found time to work a large garden at home.
Alfred & Anna had very little formal education. They attended grade school in Sweden. But they could
read anything in Swedish and almost anything in English as well as write anything.
Out of 8 children, 4 finished High School, only one
went on to college, Harry, & he for only one year. We
all went to work early. When we brought home a
check, it went to Mother and was for the whole
Built in 1911, most of the kids attended Bonnyview.
About 5000 So. 2nd
West, Murray, Utah
All the Swedish Families would get together often for coffee and cake (Kaffee Calas) and especially
during Christmas season. Those days we had no electricity and so the Xmas trees were decorated with
pop corn strings, fruit and candles that were lit with matches. There were a few homes burned to the
ground each year as a few would become careless.
We would sing a few songs; Uncle Forsberg played the guitar as would Aunt Lena. We would join hands
and dance around the tree. There would always be plenty to eat. But about the only gifts we would get in
our stockings would be an orange, an apple sometimes a piece of coal and one piece of clothing’s. If there
were any toys, they would be for the whole family.
Grandpa (Alfred) and Grandma
(Anna) would talk together in
Swedish. The kids all spoke
Swedish including son & daughter
in-laws. There were never
arguments and they were very
Grandma would show her children
a purple spot above her ankle
where a snake had bitten her when
she was still in Sweden. She was out
stacking hay when it happened.
Some men slashed her leg to suck
the venom out. She was sick for a
Grandma (Anna) was a great cook. She put lots of pepper in her food. She made delicious Swedish
pancakes. She made lots of sweet rolls, bread and cakes. She
never made cookies. Once a week they would have soup. They
had lots of vegetables and meat. They had their own pork. She
made good Swedish meatballs. She would put up 500 bottles of
fruit open kettle.
Little Joe was an Italian man who lived across the street from
Grandma and Grandpa (House in the background . He kept a
pretty good garden. Grandma would hand me a few coins and
send me over to Little Joe’s to buy some celery. He was very poor
and a bit of a recluse. I’m sure this was big help for him to “sell”
a little of his produce.
When we went to visit Grandma & Grandpa, Mother (Elsa)
would tell use to go out along the front ditch and get some fresh
water cress. She would use that “special” water cress in our
salads. Also, in the early spring you could pick wild asparagus
along the front and back ditches. Delicious plum trees lined the
< Holger Jorgensen & Neils Anderson
It seemed that Grandma (Anna) never sat down. She was always moving around asking everyone “have
you had enough to eat”, “you need to eat some more of this”, “do you need anything”, “can I get some
milk for you” picking up or cleaning up something, etc., etc. She seems so intent on making sure everyone
had everything they wanted.
Mother (Ruth), Kaye and I (Connie) and Aunt Vi, (Viola) Gary and Bob would go to Grandma's quite
often. I would always throw my arms around her. She used to get on her knees and chase us kids. When
we went to Aunt Vi's, Grandma would rest in the hammock fastened to two trees. Gary had a guinea pig
and put it on her stomach one time, and it scared her.
Her (Anna) house always looked nice. Her living room was just for best, and we didn't go in there. They
had a flowing well, and the water was so cold and good. All the cousins liked to play in the barn and
climb on the hay and straw. There was a big ditch out in back that we walked along also. Uncle Harry
and Denny lived there when Linea left. Two larger chicken coups were built and for several years, Uncle
Irvin lived there and took care of the chicken business.
Everyone loved our sweet Grandma. We all liked to
have sugar lumps when we went
Grandpa was a very good man. Grandpa would rent
a surrey from the livery stable once a year and take
the family (10) to a birthday party in Salt Lake, at
7th W. and 7th So., his brother (Erick) and sister
(Lena) lived in that area. They would leave early in
the morning, and get home before dark.
Another yearly trip was to Nibley Park on 7th E. and 27th So. They would take a streetcar and go on a
few concession rides and have an ice cream
State Street Looking South
When we were out with Grandpa, he would occasionally sing a song, in Swedish, and do a little
“Swedish” jig or type of tap dance. We thought it was great fun. Grandpa was the life of the party when
the Swedes would get together. He would tap dance and tell jokes. But, Grandpa seemed very quiet and
reserved to some of the grandkids who did not get to see his performances.
We must remember the flowing well. Just to the side
of Elmer, in the photo, is a lilac bush. Behind it was
their water well.
This water was from an artesian flowing well and
was the best water anyone would ever drink.
Some of the large chicken coups are in the
Irvin & Elmer & cat.
The well had a box into which the water flowed. The
water was always the same temperature, nice and
cold. Dad, Alfred, would make a home brew beer.
After he got home from a long day at the smelter one of the neighbors, Emil Erickson, would stop. They
would go over to the well box and get one of Dad’s home brews and sit under a tree and cool off.
Grandma might not let them come into the house with the home brew.
Some memories of my Mother (Anna) are: (From Elmer’s Biography)
I remember Mother as a constant worker, never loud, but always soft spoken and always loving to her
husband, her children, all people, her Church and her native land. Her house was always orderly and
clean. 3 meals were prepared 7 days per week. Cooked on a coal stove. Dishes, pots, pans cleaned and put
away (no electric dishwasher) Clean clothes - ironed- (no electric irons no electric washer or dryer) and put
in their place. (for a family of 10) She took me alone in a private room and taught me to pray as she
prayed for me in Swedish. Her entire life's earnings probably was less than $500.00
Some memories of my Father (Alfred) are: (From Elmer’s Biography)
He was kind & soft hearted, impatient, generous especially to me. He was strictly against foul speech,
cigarettes, immorality, necking, dishonesty of any kind. He tried to teach his children how to work, save
money. He was hard working, ambitious, clean, well organized, politically opinionated (a socialist). Never
left the Lutheran Church, Never joined the Mormon Church, but never stood in my way. He donated
$1,200.00 to my mission. Helping his children improve themselves was his life’s ambition.
The view (looking east) from the front of the house (4612 S. 2nd
W, Murray, Utah) and all of Murray
City, is dominated by Mount Olympus and the Wasatch front mountains. The above photo is from a little
south and east of the house. The house was in a small valley (Jordan River bottom area) which was
locally called Nebraska Flats.
The Denver and Rio Grande main line was only
about 4-500 yards east from the front of our
home and was at a higher elevation than our
home. Across 2nd
West was few houses and fields.
About half way to the tracks, the land sloped
upward to a plateau. This was only 30-40 feet
higher elevation. The tracks ran along the edge
of the plateau. So we could see and hear very
well each train as it passed. When ever we went
to town, we crossed over two sets of multiple
tracks. The sound and sight of trains passing
became a very interesting part of our lives. We
often watched the long freight trains go by. At
the intersection of 48th
South and the tracks there were a large group of cattle pens (corrals) for holding
cattle before loading them on freight trains. There was also a feed mill and train depot in that area.
(Photo from Neils Album kids hanging out along the tracks)
A calamity, a young neighbor lost one of his legs as he was playing by hanging on the side steps that are
on each car, while the train was moving slow enough to catch a hold. He slipped and one leg was caught
under the wheels. He was not alone in the game, as all us kids did it a few times.
At least two of my Brothers (Harry & Irvin) spent time as Bums (Bums: a common term of that day, an
out of work person who rides on freight train cars from place to place – or young men looking for some
adventure). They traveled to other states and back. It was a common sight in those days to see a lot of
Bums on every train. Some would come by the house looking for food and/or work.
We also knew several people who were killed in train auto accidents. It happened way to often in those
We were very impressed with the people who worked on the trains and that it was great when the
engineer, or someone, would wave at us as they passed. I remember Mr. Belcher on 1st
West was foreman
on the Section gang. Mr. Bentz, one of our neighbors, was ticket agent at the Union Pacific office. Both
railroads had stations and ticket offices in Murray and most any train would stop if the signal was out.
In these photos one can get the perspective of Mount
Olympus and the higher area (plateau) along which the
train tracks ran in front of the house Milton, Ruth & Anna
The family attended Murray 2nd Ward which
was located about 5000 South 2nd West. Anna
was an active member of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints. She lived and
actively participated in the Murray Second
Ward for many years.
Grandpa insisted that everyone go to Sunday
School and Sacrament meeting every Sunday.
They kneeled for prayer when the Ward
Grandma always walked to Sacrament meeting
with her children.
Notice the horse hitching rail and, in foreground, a well water pump
The Murray 2nd
Ward was later divided into
Their son, Elmer Joseph, was ordained
Bishop for Murray 4th
Ward for two
1900 John Anderson in household of Henry S Mansell, "United States Census”
name: John Anderson event place: ED 92 Kaysville Precinct Kaysville city Ward 2, Davis, Utah,
birth date: Jun 1871 birthplace: Sweden relationship to head of household: Boarder
father's birthplace: Sweden mother's birthplace: Sweden
race or color (standardized): White gender: Male marital status: Single
immigration year: 1886
Henry S Mansel, two (2) Servants and Four (4) Boarders are listed
Kaysville is a city in Davis County, Utah. It is part of the Ogden–Clearfield, Utah Area
About 25 miles North of Salt Lake City, Utah.
1910 "United States Census" Fred Anderson, Murray Ward 3, Salt Lake, Utah
name: Fred Anderson, birthplace: Sweden, relationship to head of household: Self
residence: Murray Ward 3, Salt Lake, Utah
marital status: Married, race : White, gender: Male
immigration year: 1896
father's birthplace: Sweden, mother's birthplace: Sweden
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Self Fred Anderson M 38y Sweden
Wife Annie Anderson F 29y Sweden
Dau Elsie Anderson F 7y Utah
Son Ervin Anderson M 5y Utah
Dau Viola Anderson F 4y Utah
Dau Ruth Anderson F 1y 8m Utah
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8P8-L51 THIS LINK DOES NOT PROVIDE ALL THE INFO.
1920 U.S. Census -
NAME Alfred Anna
Relationship Head Wife
Age-at last birthday 48 38 (age 38 in 1920 would mean born 1882 instead of
Single, Married, Divorced M M
Year of Immigration to US 1896 1891 (1900 per 1930 Census and other reports)
Naturalized or Alien Na Na
If naturalized –yr Naturalized 1915 1915
Person-Place of birth Sweden Sweden
Person-Mother tongue Swedish Swedish
Father-Place of birth Sweden Sweden
Father-Mother tongue Swedish Swedish
Mother-Place of birth Sweden Sweden
Mother-Mother tongue Swedish Swedish
Profession-work done Ore
Industry- In which at work Smelter
1920 U.S. Census - 2nd West, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah (Jan. 5 - Enum. Dist 69)
Anderson, Alfred SEE ABOVE
Anderson, Anna SEE ABOVE
Anderson, Elsie M.M. dau 17 S Utah , SwedenSwedish, SwedenSwedish, None
Anderson, Erwin son 15 S Utah , SwedenSwedish, SwedenSwedish, News boy Daily paper
Anderson, Viola M. dau 14 S Utah , SwedenSwedish, SwedenSwedish, None
Anderson, Ruth E. dau 11 S Utah , SwedenSwedish, SwedenSwedish, None
Anderson, Elmer J. son 8 S Utah , SwedenSwedish, SwedenSwedish, None
Anderson, Harry M. son 5 S Utah , SwedenSwedish, SwedenSwedish, None
Anderson, Milton A. son 3 S Utah , SwedenSwedish, SwedenSwedish, None
Anderson, Nels R. son 1 S Utah , SwedenSwedish, SwedenSwedish, None
1930 U.S. Census - 2nd West, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah
NAME Alfred Anna
Relation to head Head Wife
Home owned/rented Owen ($2,500)
Family live on a farm? No
Age at last birthday 59 48 (48 means birth 1882 not 1880)
Marital Condition M M
Age at first marriage 29 18 (18 also means birth in 1882 or 83)
Attend school since Sep 1 1929-No No
Can read or write Yes Yes
Your Place of birth Sweden Sweden
Father Place of Birth Sweden Sweden
Mother Place of birth Sweden Sweden
Language before coming to US-Swedish Swedish
Year of immigration to US 1895 1900
Naturalization Na Na
Able to speak English Yes Yes
Trade, Profession, type work: Laborer None
Industry Lead Smelter
At work yesterday Y or N Yes
War Veteran, any war YorN-No
Anderson, Alfred Head 0 $2500 R no 59 M 29 No Yes Sweden Sweden Sweden Swedish 1895 Laborer Lead Smelter
Anderson, Anna wife 48 M 18 No Yes Sweden Sweden Sweden Swedish 1900
Anderson, Erwin son 25 S No Utah Sweden Sweden Cook Restraunt Yes No
Anderson, Viola dau 22 S No Utah Sweden Sweden Dipper Candy Factory Yes
Anderson, Ruth dau 20 S No Utah Sweden Sweden Stenographer Laundry Yes
Anderson, Elmer son 18 S No Utah Sweden Sweden Truck Driver Grocery Store No
Anderson, Harry son 15 S No Utah Sweden Sweden none
Anderson, Milton son 12 S No Utah Sweden Sweden none
Anderson, Niels son 10 Utah Sweden Sweden none
1940 Alfred Anderson, "United States Census"
event: Census event year: 1940
name: Alfred Anderson
event: Census event year: 1940
event place: Ward 1, Murray City, Election Precinct 11, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
marital status: Married
race (standardized): White
relationship to head of household (standardized): Head
estimated birth year: 1872
residence in 1935: Same House
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Alfred Anderson M 68 Sweden
wife Anna Anderson F 59 Sweden
son Irvin Anderson M 36 Utah
son Neils Anderson M 21 Utah
Dad (Alfred) lived alone for only a short time.. Mother (Anna) had a stroke and was paralyzed. She
couldn't talk. Mother (Anna) died of stroke & heart complications, 13 Dec 1947. When she died, Grandpa
was lonely without her. He stayed with Aunt Elsa and Aunt Vi (Viola) for about 9 months before he to
Dad (Alfred) went to stay with Keith & Viola early 1948 – But Dad was still unhappy. So he tried it out at
Hook & Elsa Jorgensen, but their life was too fast: school meetings and activities. So he tried us (Elmer &
family) for just a few days but nothing satisfied him.
He was confined to St. Marks hospital until he died.
Dad passed away 19 Sept 1948. He was stricken with lead poisoning while working. They claimed he died
of Progeria myaopathy (old age). But he died of a broken heart, mourning the love of his wife.
Your tombstone stands neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care. It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist. You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our heart contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled those years ago.
Spreads out among the ones you left who would have loved you so.
I wonder as you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot and come to visit you.
FIND A GRAVE
Birth: Jan. 20, 1872, Sweden
Death: Sep. 19, 1948, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial: Murray City Cemetery , Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot: 08 094 1
Parents: Anders & Brita Anderson
Occupation: Retired Smelter worker A.S.& R. Co.
COD: Chronic Nephritis/Acute Sclerosis
Anna Erickson Pearson Anderson
Birth: Oct. 28, 1880, Sweden
Death: Dec. 13, 1947, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial: Murray City Cemetery , Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot: 08 094 2
Parents: Erik & Anna Marie Kemp Pearson
COD: Cerebral Apoplexy
Brother checking new car Grand kids visiting
The Barn Dennis by water well Alfred & Elmer
Chicken coups Irvin & Vern 1949 Food cellar
BELOW Alfred John Anderson
History of Murray City
Murray was settled as part of the initial expansion south of Salt Lake City. Early residents
in the area divided the grasslands south of Salt Lake into homesteads or parcels where
they raised cattle and cereal grains. Most of the cattle provided dairy products, while
wheat, corn, and some rye were grown to feed the family and animals.
Murray City, originally known as South Cottonwood, lies eight miles south of Salt Lake
City between Big and Little Cottonwood Creeks. [ … ] Its central valley location and
plentiful water have allowed Murray to evolve from an agricultural to industrial to
Construction of the Woodhill Brothers' smelter in 1869 initiated Murray's industrial
history. Murray produced the first silver bars smelted in Utah in 1870. The smelters
continued to dominate the local economy until the close of the ASARCO lead smelter in
1950. Business and commercial enterprise prospered along with the smelter industry.
Murray was praised as a shining example of cooperation between business, industry, and
government early in the twentieth century; it was hailed for its own water plant, lighting
system, smelter, canning factory, flour mills, and brickyards.
Murray's industry was hard hit by the 1930s depression. The smelters began to close in
1931, and major industry had all but vanished by 1940. Murray was quick to take
advantage of various federal projects to compensate for this economic loss. The city
actively sought federal money to refurbish its twenty-two-acre park and buildings and to
purchase an additional twelve acres of fairgrounds. By 1939 Murray was the site of the
annual Salt Lake County Fair.
Even though the smelters, brickyards, and flour mills that fueled Murray's industrial
economy either closed or moved between 1930 and 1950, its central location makes
Murray an ideal bedroom community and area of small businesses and service industries.
[ … ]
See: Murray City Corporation, History of Murray City (1976); Raymond R. Rasmussen,
History of Murray, State of Utah (1936). David L. Schirer
Murray Train Station Murray State Street Trolley
Going to Salt Lake City on the Trolley
STATE STREET, MURRAY CITY, UTAH – OVER THE YEARS
1900 Murray about 1910 Murray State Street – Trolley Tracks
BONNYVIEW ELEMENTARY ARLINGTON / CENTRAL SCHOOL
MURRAH HIGH SCHOOL
The Murray City School District was formally
established in 1906, but prior to that the first
known school building in the area was built in
The three school buildings in the newly
established district were renamed through a
student competition in 1906. The names
selected were Arlington School (formerly
District #25 and Central School), Liberty
School (formerly District #24 and Winchester
School), and Pioneer School, located near 300
West and 5300 South. By 1911, Bonnyview and
Hillcrest Schools had been built. Development
of high school curriculum began in 1913-14 school year at the Hillcrest School and a new grade level was
added each year until the diplomas were awarded in May 1917 to the first five high school graduates.