Pages 478-479, 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 P. WISBORG—Perhaps more failures in business life occur from a lack of persistency of purpose than from any other cause. It is this which renders effort futile and labor unavailing, but Mr. Wisborg is one who has followed a given task, having always devoted his energies to farming, and thereby he has won success.

One of Allen county's native sons, he was born March 26, 1861, on the farm which is now his home, and is the only child of N. P. Wisborg. His father was widely and favorably known in Allen and Neosho counties. Born in Denmark, he came to America in 1858 and settled in Allen county, twenty miles southeast of Iola on Big creek, where he purchased two hundred and seventy-two acres of land. There he successfully followed farming for many years. His military experience covered three years' service


in the army of his native land and three years in the Union army as a member of Company G, Nineteenth Kansas Cavalry. He participated in all of the engagements in which his regiment took part and was ever found at his post of duty, loyally defending the starry banner of the Nation. At one time he served as trustee of Cottage Grove and was also postmaster of Odense. He married Anna Hill, a native of Denmark, and died in 1897, at the age of sixty-seven years. His widow is a resident of Savonburg. He was a man of sterling worth, most highly respected, and the community mourned the loss of one of its valued citizens when he was called from this life. In all life's relations he was upright and honorable and his example is in many respects well worthy of emulation.

Andrew P. Wisborg remained at home until his father's death with the exception of a very brief period. He attended the common schools and early became familiar with all the duties that fall to the lot of the agriculturalist. He was married on the 7th of October, 1886, to Miss Anna Erickson, who was born in Illinois and came to Kansas with her parents. She died in October, 1889, leaving two children, Mary and Anna. On the 2nd of October, 1895, Mr. Wisborg was again married, Miss Mattie Roberts becoming his wife. She was born in Neosho county and the marriage was therefore of a native son and daughter of Kansas. Her father, William Roberts, was born in Illinois and came to this State in 1870, locating in Neosho county. His wife bore the maiden name of Nancy Hinshaw and was a native of Virginia. They were the parents of nine children, eight of whom are living, namely: Mattie, Etta, Judson, Walter, Ella, Andy, Mamie and Morton.

Mr. Wisborg is now extensively and successfully engaged in farming. He has two hundred and seventy-two acres of land, well adapted to stockraising purposes, for there is much water and timber upon the place. A large barn and other outbuildings also furnish shelter to the stock and that branch of his business is quite profitable. His home is a pleasant residence on the bank of Big creek.

Mr. Wisborg was elected constable of his township and served for one term.

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