Anna Carena Anderson

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Anna Carena Anderson (Stephenson)

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Kendall, IL, USA
Death: October 29, 1945 (74)
Newark, Kendall, IL, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lars Fjære Stephenson and Anna Halvorsdatter Stephenson
Wife of Edward A Anderson
Mother of Alvin Herbert Anderson; Minnie Amanda Een; Alma Luella Anderson; LaVerne Alexander Anderson; Arthur Lawrence Anderson and 1 other
Sister of Stephen Stephenson; Martha Chally; Julia (Guro) Larsdatter Chally; Oliver Stevenson; Henry Lewis Stephenson and 1 other

Managed by: Kitty Munson Cooper
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About Anna Carena Anderson

Her story from from Dr. Craig Stevenson's History compiled 1984 is online at:

an excerpt: The children of Edward and Anna recall how hard their parents worked. But they also remember the enjoyable times when “Pa would hitch up the surrey" and they would be off to church, followed by a visit to the aunts and uncles where they had been invited for Sunday dinner.

Alma talked in some of her letters about a real “Red Letter Day” being when the folks would announce a trip to Morris to get outfitted with shoes and clothes. This event happened twice a year. In the meantime, if something was needed, the Sears and Wards catalogs were relied upon. The mail service was quite good, Alma reported, and an order sent to Chicago was usually received in a day or two.

Minnie remembered rides to Morris on Saturday afternoons (only if all the chores were done). Pa would buy balogna and crackers and the family would have a “feast” on the way home.

LaVerne recalled later trips, when the surrey had been replaced by the “modern” automobile. The first car that Edward and Anna bought was a Hanes, and LaVerne stated that you had to strike a match to see if the lights were on. Night trips required carrying extra lanterns along. These could be dangled from the front of the car if the lights failed completely, which they frequently did.

Later the family acquired a Model T and LaVerne remembered a trip they took to Ford County to visit Uncle Oliver and Aunt Maggie. They left home by 7:00 a.m. and traveled on dirt roads, as there were no paved roads back then. Traveling with five children meant numerous “comfort stops” at school houses along the way, in addition to frequent “nuisance stops” to fix flat tires--no easy task in those days. The tire was removed and patched, and the inner tube was repaired if necessary. Then the tire was placed back on the car and pumped up by hand. After all of the delays, the Andersons arrived at their destination in time for supper. Aunt Maggie thought they had made “marvelous time”. They had driven a distance of about 100 miles.

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Anna Carena Anderson's Timeline

March 9, 1871
Kendall, IL, USA
January 3, 1896
Age 24
Grundy, IL, USA
December 24, 1897
Age 26
Grundy, IL, USA
November 9, 1901
Age 30
Kendall, IL, USA
February 18, 1907
Age 35
Kendall, IL, USA
March 14, 1911
Age 40
Kendall, IL, USA
February 25, 1914
Age 42
Kendall, IL, USA
October 29, 1945
Age 74
Newark, Kendall, IL, USA