Canute Anderson: Father of Burnett County

 © Photographed July 8, 2013
Erected 1991 by the Grantsburg Area Historical Society
Grantsburg, Burnett County, Wisconsin
45° 43.738′ N, 92° 40.932′ W
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Father of Burnett County
April 14, 1830        July 31, 1893
Candute Anderson was born Canute Ingverson Eggum in Laerdal, Norway. He arrived in the Grantsburg agre in 1854, establishing a stopping place and trading post where the buildings southeast of this marker stand. Opening the first post office in his home, he was appointed postmaster. He married Catherine Nelson, a Swedish immigrant, and to this union twelve children were born, establishing the village of Grantsburg. He built a saw and flour mill, store, and hotel. When Burnett County was reorganized he was appointed clerk of court by the governor, and served as presidential elector. Elected to the Assembly, he represented the six northwestern counties. He later helped bring the railroad into Grantsburg. Founder of the original Burdett County Fair, he served as first president of the Burnett County Agricultural Society. In 1860 he built a school at this location, in which the first Swedish Baptist Church in Wasconsin was organized. Later he donated the land and helped organize the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, which is now the Bethany Lutheran Church. At the time of his death he was chairman of the combined townships of Anderson and Grantsburg.
Sponsored by the Grantsburg Area Historical Society
Erected 1991

The marker is on the grounds of Bethany Lutheran Church, 22384 State Road 48/87, Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54849.

The marker, visible to the right of the Bethany Lutheran
Church sign, is on the grounds of the church.

 Signage on State Road 48 / Highway 87 leading to marker

The marker is located in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.

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