Please see www.marksmachineshopllc.com for new content since Mark bought the shop.
Welcome to the Anderson of Rosholt website
This is my Grandpa, John S. Anderson. Photo taken shortly after he got his new South Bend Lathe in 1938.
My Dad, John R. Anderson, taken shortly after I bought the shop from him in 1988.
This is me. Photo taken the same day as the one above.
And finally, Mark J. Oksiuta, the 4th and current owner of the business.
This shop is the oldest business in the Village that has operated in the same location since it's beginning.
I tried getting this photo taken for over five years and we FINALLY got it done in early 2016.
The business was established by my grandfather, John S. Anderson, a Norwegian immigrant, in 1938. It became a full time enterprise and 1942 was the first year books were kept so we used that year as the "founding" year. Operated by my parents, John (Jack) and Delores, from 1961-1987 from whom I bought the business in 1988 and sold May 1, 2009. So.......while Anderson Machine is no more the tradition will continue and so will this site.
We never were just an ordinary Machine and Welding Shop. More about that later. We were a 3rd generation family owned business and I want to give you the opportunity to learn about some of the things we did and which Mark will continue to do.
After nearly 70 years and three generations of continuous Anderson family ownership the time came to turn over the reins to someone new. The business was sold to our former employee and friend MARK OKSIUTA. I'm pleased and happy to announce the shop will continue to operate under new ownership in the capable hands of our former employee, Mark. This was Mark's first place of employment after high school. He literally cut his machine shop and welding teeth here and stayed with us for 28 years.
Here's Mark and his wife Deb.
Mark operates as MARK'S MACHINE SHOP LLC and he has his own website:
We were, primarily, a farm oriented business providing parts and repairs for farm equipment. Through the years we remained a shop dealing mainly with "walk in" trade and many of our customers were still farmers.
We continued to repair all types of farm and forestry equipment, make automotive drive shafts and pretty much anything our customers brought us, we were never real familiar with the word "no" unless it was a repair that just wasn't practical and sometimes we did those too! I have been tractor crazy my entire life and I discovered old engines some years ago. By necessity we learned the ins and outs of these old contraptions and over the years my hobbies grew into an integral part of the business and we have been privileged to have worked on many rare tractors and engines.
WHAT SETS US APART FROM MANY OTHER SHOPS? We understood and liked how these things work........and so does Mark.
Here I am at my favorite machine.......the South Bend lathe my grandfather bought new in 1938. It was line shaft driven originally but was converted to 3 phase electric and belt driven through a British Hillman transmission. I'm multitasking here........turning a piece and yakking on the phone.......
You may contact me at email@example.com
My "jobs" NOW.......
Here I am at Faith Lutheran Church at our Britson D220LRT digital organ which I love!
And here I am at St. Adalbert Catholic Church at the big ol' Hammond.
Since the age of 15 (I'm 64 now) I have been a Church organist. For the first 15 years I served Faith Lutheran Congregation but at that time was called on to "fill in" at Saint Adalbert Church here in Rosholt as well and 33 years later I'm STILL filling in. :-). Below are 2 Windows WMV videos of me at my OTHER job. The first video is a high powered Postlude. It runs for 1:25. The second is a rendition of "It is Well With My Soul" and runs for 2:49. I hope you like them.
POSTLUDE "The Heavens
It is Well With My Soul
I FINALLY got around to uploading what I think is my favorite song ever. It is titled Sanctus (Holy Holy) and written by an Estonian composer, Urmas Sisask. This audio only file plays for 3:50 minutes.
GET MY VERSION OF THE SANCTUS
I also found it on youtube. It is a beautiful piece of music and here it is:
When you're finished looking around HERE, I have some other places for you to visit.
As long as I'm on the church thing here's our church site too:
FAITH and NEW HOPE
My OTHER favorite place to visit is Harry Matthews' site which is devoted to ALL lovers of old iron and where I am Chief Moderator.
Check out my youtube channel for videos of many of our projects and more.......................... MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL