|From the back of the photo: "Arvid Anderson, standing. L to R: Laura Anderson, Oscar Anderson, Myrtle Anderson 1896 (crossed out) 1894"|
I think I'm going to disagree with the person who wrote the identification on the back of this cabinet card. I think they got it right with their first guess of 1896. Aren't the children charming in their white lace collars?
I found the Anderson family in the 1900 census, living in Holdrege, Nebraska. The family was headed by Louis Anderson (b. 1848, Sweden) and Ida C. Anderson (b. 1855, Sweden). Their children are listed as: Arvid F. Anderson (b. Mar. 1890), Mathilda/Myrtle (b. May 1892), Laura (b. Nov. 1894) and Oscar (b. Aug. 1895)1.
Oscar, being the youngest, is the key to dating this image. His WW1 US Draft Registration Card gives his birth date as 22 Aug 18952. In the image above he looks to be about one year old, give or take a few months.
The Anderson family moved to Riverside, California sometime between 1900 and 1910, where Louis worked on an orange farm3. In 1920, Louis (Lewis), Ida and Arvid are living with Laura and her husband, Wm K. Cornelius in West Riverside4.
I'm tempted to research each and every one of the children, but that would be a bit time-consuming and quite a lengthy blog post. There's a lot of information on this family out there, and it looks like there are a few branches stemming from these children. I think the chances are good a descendant will be able to find this post. I hope so.
For information about Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska you may wish to check out the following book, A History Of Phelps County, Nebraska 1873-1980.
1 "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3BT-P87 : accessed 30 July 2012), Louis Anderson, ED 151 Holdrege Township Holdrege city Ward 1-2, Phelps, Nebraska, United States.↩
2 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005, entry for Oscar Walter Anderson, citing original record Registration Location: Millard County, Utah; Roll: 1983885; Draft Board: 0.↩
3 "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVL2-TCV : accessed 30 July 2012), Lewis Anderson, Riverside Ward 4, Riverside, California.↩
4 "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHWM-65T : accessed 31 July 2012), Wm K Cornelius, West Riverside Township Unincorporated, Riverside, California.↩