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Andrew Vik, bio

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Andrew Vik, bio

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was born 4 April 1869, the oldest child of Jonas and Karin Vik. he immigrated to America fra Jamtland, Sweden in 1889, together with his parents, three brothers and a sister. They came to the United States by way of Canada to Stephen, MN and then settled on a farm south of Halma.

Andrew saw the need for and shortly after opened a store at the inland point known as Beaton, near Halma. two years after that he was married to Christine OLSON by Rev L. P. Lundgren in Hallock on 9 Dec 1897.

In 1900 Andrew built a store one half mile south of the site of Bronson, later renamed Lake Bronson. The family had comfortable living quarters upstairs. Andrew, together with his brother: Jonas, later called John, ran an enterprising general merchandise store on the banks of the Two River. Their land extended south and east along the river and a large clearing was made for pasture land.

A short distance fra the store was a granary where the first issue of the Bronson Budget was printed.

Andrew and Christine had a family of eight children:
John Vik
Carrie Vik
Herbert Vik
Ellen Vik
Mildred Vik
Herman Vik
Arthur Vik
Violet Vik

Andrew's brother, Jonas married Ingeborg PETERSON in 1901.
They also had eight children:
Manfred Vik
Edwin Vik
Blanda Vik
Edith Vik
Donald Vik
Sigurd Vik
Doris Vik - died in infancy
Merle Vik

In the fall of 1904, the Soo Line Railroad was constructed and it ran about a half mile to the northeast of the river and that really started the town of Bronson. Andrew built another store on the east side of the tracks and he, together with his brother, Jonas, again started a general merchandise store and had an enterprising business for 45 years.

His brother, Jonas and family owned a home a few yards to the south, while to the north a few yards lived the parents of Mrs Andrew Vik: Mr and Mrs Johan OLSON and their son: Ole, who had migrated fra Jamtland, Sweden. For many years these three houses were the only ones in this part of town.

Of the first Jonas Viks who came fra Sweden, there were 33 grandchildren born. They were baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church of Lake Bronson.


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