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Doc B. Anderson, a popular farmer of Hamlin township, Audubon county, Iowa, was born, April 22, 1863, in Marion county, Iowa, and is the son of John and Zeruiah (Anderson) Anderson, natives of Ohio, who were married in that state and who moved from Ohio to Indiana, and from Indiana to Ray county, Missouri. After living in Missouri for a few years, they moved to Marion county, Iowa, and in 1875 came to Audubon county, where they lived until their deaths. They purchased land in Leroy township, and lived to rear a family of three children, Abe R., B. J. and Doc.

After having received a common school education. Doc Anderson lived at home until twenty years of age, and then rented land, which he cultivated along with eighty acres of land which his father had given to him. Mr. Anderson has added to this original tract until he now owns forty acres in section 25 in Leroy township, three hundred and twenty acres in section 36, Leroy township, and a hundred and forty-eight acres in section 1 in Hamlin township, making altogether five hundred and eight acres.

In 1897, in the city of Omaha, Nebraska, Mr. Anderson was married to Lillian Brandstatter, who was born on December 10, 1876, in Johnson county, Iowa, and who is the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Campbell) Brandstatter. These parents were natives of Johnson county, Iowa, and Montreal, Canada, respectively, the latter having come to Iowa with her parents when a girl fifteen or sixteen years old, and having been married to Daniel Brandstatter in Iowa City on October 10, 1874. In 1883 they came to Audubon county, arriving in Exira on February 20 of that year. The following summer they purchased eighty acres of land, which they improved. This farm was located in section 14, Hamlin township. The father has since lived in several places, and now owns the Exira livery and feed stable. At one time he was a resident of Texas. He and his wife had seven children, six of whom are living, Mrs. Mary J. Snively, Mrs. Anderson, Alice, Philip, Mrs. Nellie Clapp and Mrs. Clara Terry. The wife and mother of these children died on April 17, 1891, and the father later married Mrs. Martha A. (Osterreicher) Campbell. Three children, Isabelle, Edith and Clarence, have been born to this second union.

Mr. and Mrs. Doc Anderson have had five children: Bessie, who was born on April 24, 1898, married Austin Keness on January 1, 1915, and they live in Leroy township; Nellie, born on February 2, 1900; Alice, born on June 8, 1903; Mary, born on November 27, 1907, and Hope, born on April 16, 1913.

Mr. Anderson carries on general farming and stock raising, and is well known over the country, being admired by the host of friends he has made. A Republican in politics, he has never held any offices.

Transcribed 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. 709-710.