One of the best-known and most popular of the young farmers of Greeley township, this county, is the gentleman whose name the reader has noted above. Mr. Anciaux is enterprising and energetic and gives earnest promise of being one of the foremost factors in the life of the community in which he lives, and as such is very properly entitled to recognition in this review of the lives of the leading men and women of Audubon county.|
Roy Anciaux was born on his present home farm in Greeley township, Audubon county, Iowa, March 27, 1888, the son of Lewis and Mariah (Hoover) Anciaux, the former of whom was a native of France and the latter of whom was born in Johnson county, Iowa. Lewis Anciaux was but eight vears of age when his parents emigrated to America. They landed in New York and came direct to Iowa, locating in Johnson county, where Lewis grew to manhood. Immediately after their marriage, in 1870, Lewis Anciaux and his bride came to Audubon county, buying eighty acres in section 15 of Greeley township, to which they later added forty acres on the north and there they made their home until May, 1910, at which time they went to Logan county, Colorado, where they took a homestead and where they now reside. They were the parents of eight children, one of whom died in infancy, the others being Mrs. Dora Armstrong, Arthur, Ellen, Mrs. Fannie Sidell, Mrs. Effie Sheets, Roy and Mrs. Catherine Wiseman, Roy being the only one who is now a resident of Audubon county.
Roy Anciaux received his education in the district schools of Greeley township, growing up with a full acquaintance of farm life as preparation for his present vocation and on March 2, 1910, was united in marriage to Hazel Hensley, who was born in the city of Exira, this county, January 5, 1888, the daughter of William and Minnie L. (Detman) Hensley, natives, respectively, of Ohio and of Germany, quite early settlers in Audubon county and prominent in the social and economic life of the county, an excellent family honored and respected by all.
Mr. and Mrs. Anciaux are members of the Greeley Center Methodist church and take an active part in the work of that church. Socially, they are very popular and are among the leaders in the younger set in their community. Mr. Anciaux is a Democrat, as was his father, and takes a good citizen's part in the political affairs of the county, but has not entered the class of office seekers. He is public spirited and enterprising, a good farmer and an excellent citizen and very properly is regarded as one of the coming leaders in the community in which he lives and whose interests he holds so dearly to heart.
Contributed by Cheryl Siebrass, April, 2016, from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 454-455.