Gust Anderson was born in 1868 on an island off the east coast of Sweden in the parish of Västrum. He came to the Kiron area in 1887 where he had a number of Clauson cousins. Clara also was born in the same area of Sweden. She came to America in 1893. Gust and Clara were married in 1894 in the Kiron area. They had nine children: Olga, Mabel, Myrtle, Dewey, Hulda, Janet, Joseph, Lillian, and Evelyn.
They farmed in the Kiron area for many years. In their elder years they moved to Lake View where Gust earned the reputation of knowing where all the good 'fishing holes' were in Black Hawk Lake. He had a small boat and bait business where he served many of his former Kiron neighbors.
Gust and Clara are buried in the Kiron Cemetery. Several of their children are also buried there.