My mother, called "Andy" her entire adult life, was born, Herdis Borgny Anderson,
in Sioux Rapids, Iowa in 1914. Her Norwegian name came from
Carl Victor Anderson, her father who was born in Norway in 1877.
He celebrated his 17th birthday on the ship that brought him to
America in 1894. In 1901 he married Clara Victoria Peterson
who was born in Kansas of Swedish immigrants. Thus my mother's ancestry is 100% Scandinavian.
My mother died in 1983 before the age of digital photos; however, I have many excellent paper photos to scan for her page.
In 1997, I established a permanent endowment to fund the
Anderson Scholarship at the
Community School in Sioux Rapids, Iowa to honor her. Since my
mother was the salutatorian of the 1932 senior class of Sioux Rapids High School, the
scholarship is awarded to the senior with the second
Thus the scholarship is self-selected by students.