Carrie Gurine Sampson Anderson

Honored by:Dr. Lloyd and Mrs. JaNelle Anderson
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Carrie Sampson was born on a farm near Roland, Iowa on May 6, 1906, and the second of five children (4 girls and 1 boy). Her parents were of Norwegian heritage; however both were born in the United States (mother at Holstein in Ida County, IA and father in Clinton County, IA). Her mother was one of eight children - 4 girls and 4 boys. Her father was one of 10 children - 5 boys and 5 girls.

The Norwegian language was spoken at home and Carrie learned her Lutheran Catechism in Norwegian. She began learning English at the Valley View School near Roland where she attended through the eighth grade. Following her schooling, she did domestic work in the neighborhood for several years. In addition, she worked 2 years at Iowa State College (1922-23) at West Hall where she assisted cooks and prepared foods for the dining hall.

In February 1925, she married Clarence Anderson, also of Norwegian heritage. Their grandparents knew each other and they had met at large family gatherings. Carrie's sister, Stella, and Clarence's brother, Amos, were also married about that time. For a period of time the two couples lived together as they began farming.

Later, Carrie and Clarence farmed in different locations in Story County where they raised chickens, milk, cows, beef cattle, and did custom baling. They were also very involved with the 4-H program with their children.

Carrie and Clarence were the parents of five children: LaVonne Christianson (born 1928), JoAnn Couser (born 1931), Lloyd L. Anderson (born 1933), Dennis M. Anderson (born 1941), and Linda D. Tett (born 1945). Her elder son, Lloyd L., holds the title of Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture at Iowa State University (1992).

Carrie and Clarence moved to a farm near Zearing in 1937, and continued farming there until their retirement in 1968 when they moved to the town of Zearing. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1975. Clarence died in March 1983. Carrie died in January 1995. She had 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Carrie was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church at McCallsburg, Sorosis Club of Zearing, and Zearing Civic Improvement Club. She is remembered as a neighborhood and community friend to young and old, and a nurturing mother to her children. 10/19/94