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Amos hits the century mark

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Amos Anderson relaxes in his room at Traditions of Preston. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Amos Anderson of Preston, Minn. has hit a milestone. On February 16, 2013, Amos will celebrate his 100th birthday. Amos Sidney Anderson was born on February 16, 1913, to Hovel and Josephine (Larson) Anderson on a farm between Peterson, Minn. and Rushford, Minn.

Growing up on a farm Amos was always busy. There was time for work but also time for fun. Amos says, “You don’t live on a farm without working,” and doing chores was a part of childhood. Along with many brothers and sisters, working on the farm was a fact of life for Amos as he stated, “We grew up that way,” and so did many other people in the area.

When asked what he did for fun while growing up on the farm, Amos laughs and says, “Most anything was fun in those days,” as life was more simple back then. Amos stated that kids years ago always had something to do and never got bored, unlike many children nowadays. Reflecting back to his childhood, with a gleam in his eye, Amos said, “Our farm was on the river - we practically lived on the river.” As a smile took over his face, he added, “Kids those days had the world to themselves.”

Amos went on to serve his country in WWII from March 17, 1944 - December 5, 1945, serving in France and Germany. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, starting first in the office and then as a rural carrier. As a rural mail carrier Amos would deliver mail on his route all over the county. He was employed with the Postal Service for over 35 years. Amos and his wife, Helen, had four children; Larry, Greg, Janice, and Patricia.

Things have changed quite a bit since Amos was born and raised in Fillmore County. He talks about when he first started driving saying that he remembers gas being twenty cents a gallon. He stated, “We could get five gallons for a dollar,” which is a bit different than today’s prices!

Memories and statements from Amos show his wisdom, but also show his quick wit and caring nature. When asked his secret of longevity Amos had none to reveal. As for if he exercises Amos replied, “Not anymore than I have to,” but added when it’s nice outside he would like to go fishing. Perhaps reminiscing about growing up on the river brought this thought to mind!

Amos now lives at Traditions of Preston where the caring staff seem to enjoy Amos’ company as much as he enjoys their company and caring attentiveness to his needs. Amos says that he likes living at Traditions and said, “I’ve got a nice view here,” from his window and enjoys spending time looking outside. He also stated that he likes to get visitors because he enjoys visiting with people, and with Amos’ pleasant nature the feeling is sure to be mutual.

A celebration of Amos Anderson’s 100th birthday will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, Minn. from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For those wishing to send a birthday card to Amos they can be mailed to: Amos Anderson, Rm. 110 E, Traditions of Preston, 608 Winona Street, Preston, Minn. 55965.


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8:38:52, Feb 9th 2013

tolrud says:
Amos is my surviving uncle and a fine one indeed. He is and ideal example of what has built America. If only we all could emulate him to a greater degree I believe we would be able to insure a more prosperous, secure, America one built on merit and accomplishment that we could be hand to our grand children. We are truly in respect of and proud of him.


10:20:40, Feb 10th 2013

Andrea says:
Working at Traditons since day one when we opened, I will always remember our first tenant Amos Andreson. Amos has shared so many stories with our staff. We have laughed so much with him, for he always has a come back for everything. He has been such a joy, there is never a time I can look at him with out smiling! His big grip when you grabs your hand shows the big heart he has. He is for sure one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Happy 100th Amos!