McLaughlin, von Coelln & Extended
Personal History As published in The Wakefield
Republican, September 24, 1981. Submitted by Helen (Collins) Westfield
- He lived with his father Gustus on the farm until 1886 when he
moved to Wakefield and
started a farm implement store.
- Later he worked for George Childs in his general store.
- His next business venture was the Star Clothing House which he
started with Charles Henry as his chief clerk. in 1893 he sold the store ot
Charley Henry, Henry S. Collins, and George Lundberg.
- In 1894 he moved to Edna Texas where he bought a cotton
plantation. While in Texas he met Edla Oberg from Oakland, Nebraska. They were
married in 1897.
- In 1904 they moved to Ridgefarm, Illinois, where they bought a
small hotel and lived there until 1906 when they returned to Wakefield,
- He established a furniture and undertaking business which he
operated until his retirement in 1937 when his son-in-law Wilbur Peterson
succeeded him as proprietor.
- In 1913 he built the large brick building on Main Street for
his furniture stores. The building is now occupied by Educastion Service Unit
- For a period of five years he lived with the Wilbur Petersen
family in Wakefield. The last seven years of his life he was a guest at the
Immanuel Invalid Home in Omaha. The children of Andrew and Edla were