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1915 Bios Index


One of the comparatively few farmers of Cameron township, who is a native of the great Hawkeye state, is F. L. Anderson, the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land in Cameron township. Mr. Anderson was born in Louisa county, Iowa, June 16, 1869, the son of Peter F. and Barbara Anderson, the former a native of New Jersey and the latter of Pennsylvania. Peter F. Anderson was a small child when his parents moved west to Iowa and located in Louisa county. There he grew to manhood and farmed until 1878 when he moved to Audubon county and rented the farm which his son, F. L., now owns and farms. Later, he purchased this farm and increased his holdings to four hundred acres. He is now living retired. Peter F. and Barbara Anderson were the parents of eight children, five of whom are still living, two being in this county, Mrs. Anna Caldwell and F. L., the subject of this sketch.

F. L. Anderson received practically all of his education in Audubon county and after leaving school, farmed with his father for a short time, following which he began farming for himself. For more than six years, he was a renter and farmed rented land in Douglas township. After about six years, he moved to Ross, Iowa, and there engaged in the implement business for four years. In 1899 Mr. Anderson was elected sheriff of Audubon county and served four years, after which he moved to his father's farm and has been farming it since that time.

Mr. Anderson raises one hundred acres of corn which yields an average of fifty-five bushels to the acre. He also raises eighty acres of small grains, and ten acres of alfalfa; he sells all of this grain. Mr. Anderson is an extensive breeder of thoroughbred Clyde horses and has built up a good market for this breed.

On March 10, 1891, Mr. Anderson was married to Julia Baker, the daughter of Charles Baker. Six children have been born to this marriage: Frank, Dale, Hazel, Howard, Glenn and Helen. All of these children are unmarried and live at home with their parents.

Fraternally, Mr. Anderson is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the commandery. Aside from the term as sheriff of Audubon county, which he served, he has also been township trustee and is the present secretary of the local school board. Mr. Anderson has always been affiliated with the Republican party.

F. L. Anderson not only filled the office of sheriff with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of the people of Audubon county, but he has also filled other positions of trust and responsibility with exceptional credit. He is today regarded as one of the leading farmers and citizens of Audubon county. The Anderson family is very popular in Cameron township and Mr. Anderson enjoys the personal friendship of a host of people living in Audubon county. His honor and integrity have always been above question.

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. 522-523.