Biography of Anton Christiansen of Goose Prairie township, Minnesota

Anton Christiansen, is the son of Christian Christiansen and is one of the highly respected citizens of Goose Prairie township, Clay county, his home being in section 2, while his farm reaches in both sections 1 and 2. Mr. Christiansen was born in Tronhjem, Norway, in 1884, and while a young man, he set sail for America, and found himself located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Here he worked for the railroad company for a time, but decided that a better field for young men to make a livelihood, was in Minnesota, and in 1868 he settled in Filmore county, and bought up some cheap farm land and followed the occupation of farming for some ten years, and here he was married to Miss Mary Anderson, daughter of Anders Anderson, also natives of Norway. She was born in Ringerike, Norway, in 1850, and came to Filmore county, Minnesota, with her parents in 1868. Mrs. Christianson‘s father and mother both died here in Clay county. In 1878, Mr. Christiansen made his first trip overland to Clay county in search for a homestead location. Goose Prairie looking most favorable to him, he decided to make this his permanent home, and after making several trips across the country, he moved to that place in 1881, settled on his present farm, which was then a timber claim, and erected his little frame shanty, 14×16, where, with Mrs. Christiansen as his most faithful help-meet, he accumulated his comfortable home. In 1901 he erected a fine barn 70×54, with a capacity for ninety tons of hay, and also a fine large granary. His farm is well stocked with cattle and hogs, and the greater part of the farm work is carried on by his sons, under his wise and businesslike management. Mr. Christianson is now, at the age of sixty-five years, practically a retired farmer and live at ease with his wife and family, as the result of their hard labors.

Mr. and Mrs. Christianson are both members of the United Lutheran Church.

Their farm comprises some 400 acres in the townships of Goose Prairie and Ulen, with nearly all under good fence, good water, etc., with about two acres of trees, a fine orchard, and taken as a whole, the land is worth at least $40.00 per acre.

Source

C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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