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Andrew Christianson
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Anders Christianson (28.4.1868 i Gran, Hadeland -4.3.1942 i Hammond, Lake County, Indiana) var sønn av gårdbruker Christian Andersen Aaslund (1830 i Gjøvik-) og Ragnhild Ellingsdatter Oppen (1841 i Lunner-).

Anders Christianson ble uteksaminert fra Horten Tekniske skole i juni 1889, deretter 2 års studier ved den tekniske høiskolen i Dresden, Tyskland. Da han etter sin hjemkomst til Norge ikke fikk relevant arbeid, emigrerte han i 1893 til USA.

I 1900 ble han ansatt hos the Pressed Steel Car Company i Pittsburgh. Fire måneder senere, da the Standard Steel Car Company of Butler, Pennsylvania,ble opprettet, ble han chief draftsman.

I 1935 ble han chief engineer og ble tilknyttet the Pullman Car Works, Chicago.

Gift 2.11.1893 i Winona, Minnesota med Randi Tronsdatter Klæstad (9.12.1868 i Gran - 30.11.1956 i Hammond), datter av gårdmand Tron Helgesen Klæstad (d.bef 1875) og Anna Iversdatter (1835 i Næs-). De immigrerte på samme skip, fra Kristiansund på skipet Britannic.

Barn:Anna (Arnold??) Christianson (31.10.1894 i Winona, MN-), Raynard Christianson (7.1.1897- 9.8.1988 i Tryon, Polk, North Carolina), Christian Christianson (11.3.1899- 1984 i Fort Myers, Lee, Florida), Tora Christianson Brennan (14.7.1903-),Erling Christianson (5.12.1905- 1.4.1978 ), Mary Christianson Stewart (12.2.1908-) ,Helga Solveig (15.8.1910 -21.6.1965 i Hammond, Indiana), .


"Founded Viking Engineering Company on Conkey St. Hammond, Indiana. Engineered freight & passenger car building, pistons for Ford Motor Company."

Kenneth Bjork;

Andrew Christianson was a graduate of Horten`s Technical School. He supplemented his education with two years in Dresden, and came to America in 1893. In Germany Christianson had prepared himself to become an engineer in the paper industry; his experiences in America, however, caused him to devote his career to the development of rolling stock. After shifting several times, he became draftsman in 1900 with the Pressed Steel Car Company at Pittsburgh. Four months later, when the Standard Steel Car Company of Butler, Pennsylvania, was organized, he became the chief draftsman. A year later he was shop engineer. In 1902 he was given the title of chief engineer in charge of the design of equipment and of estimating material cost. He designed the first all-steel passenger car about 1905, and had it ready for the International Congress at Washington.

Christianson remained in this job until 1930, when the Standard Steel Car Company was asorbed by the Pullman Company. He was in charge of the construction of the freight and passenger car plant at Hammond, Indiana, which was started in 1907. When the United States entered the First World War, he supervised the design of all railroad cars used by the American Army in France. Late in 1917 he was put in charge of the engineering and construction of about a thousand 9 1/2 -inch gun carriages, of the caterpillar type.

In 1927 he was sent to France to build a plant at La Rochelle which constructed sleeping and dining cars for Wagon-Lits. In 1935 he became chief engineer and was assigned to the Pullman Car Works, Chicago.

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