Pages 308-309, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




ANDREW WEDIN has resided in Allen county for thirty years and is one of the leading grocers of Humboldt. He was born in Sweden on the 5th of February, 1847, and is a son of Gustavus Wedin, also a native of that country, in which land he spent his entire life. His business was that of hotel keeping. He married Miss Charena Jones, and they became


the parents of six children, five of whom are now living, three being residents of America, namely: Peter, a resident farmer of Allen county; Eva Jarel, of Illinois, and Andrew. The father died in 1880, at the age of seventy-three years, while the mother passed away in 1889, at the age of seventy-nine years.

Andrew Wedin pursued his education in Sweden, attending the common schools and spending one term in a college there. He came to America in 1869, landing in New York on the 19th of April, when twenty-two years of age. Alter one year spent in Chicago, Illinois, and a short time passed in Iowa, he arrived in Humboldt in the fall of 1870, and with characteristic energy began life in the west. America offers a broad field to ambitious and energetic young men, and Mr. Wedin soon took his place among the leading business men of his community. He has been connected with the grocery trade since 1883, in which year he entered into partnership with F. W. Frevert. That connection was maintained for three years, when Mr. Wedin sold his interest to his partner and established an independent grocery and provision store in which he has since conducted a large and constantly growing trade, his business annually amounting to from sixteen to eighteen thousand dollars. He also owns a farm a few miles west of Hnmboldt.

Mr. Wedin was united in marriage to Miss May Johnson, a native of Sweden, who came to America in 1872. They had two children but both are now deceased. Our subject exercises his right of franchise in support of Republican principles, but otherwise takes no active interest in politics. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and the Odd Fellows Lodge, and in the latter has filled all the offices and served as representative to the grand lodge. He is deeply interested in everything pertaining to the welfare of his community and has ever cheerfully given his support to those enterprises that tend to public development. His name is synonymous with honorable dealing, and he has probably not an enemy in Allen county, for he is ever straightforward in commercial transactions and is most reliable and faithful in his friendships.

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