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Anderson, Emery E.


Posted By: Janelle Martin (email)
Date: 4/8/2011 at 21:24:56

History of Hamilton County, Iowa, Vol. II, 1912, J.W. Lee, pp. 220-224.

Emery E. Anderson, who has been identified with the commercial interests of Ellsworth for the past five years, owns and conducts a hardware store which is numbered among the thriving enterprises of the town. He is a native of Illinois, having been born in Kane county, that state, on the 7th of December, 1856, and is a son of Ole A. and Elizabeth (Lakin) Anderson, the father a native of Norway. The father emigrated to the United States in his early life, first locating in Kane county. He subsequently came to Iowa and engaged in farming north of Ellsworth, and there the mother passed away in 1859, and was laid to rest in a cemetery in that vicinity. Later the father married again and removed to Holly, ten miles east of Webster City, where he conducted a tavern for several years. He subsequently returned to Illinois, and settled on a farm in Kane county, which had been left to him by his father, and there engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1897, when he withdrew from active work and removed to Elburn, Illinois, where he now lives retired.

Emery E. Anderson was only a child when his parents removed to Hamilton county, where he was reared to manhood, obtaining his education in the common schools. After laying aside his text-books he turned his attention to commercial activities and for three or four years thereafter was employed in the general store of Morrison & Sibley. He then went back to Illinois, and during the succeeding ten years clerked in a general store in Elburn. Later he went to Chicago, where he clerked for a time, coming from there to Story county, Iowa, accepting a position in a store at Colo. He subsequently purchased a farm and for four years thereafter devoted his entire time and energies to its further cultivation and improvement. At the expiration of that period he sold his place and returned to Elburn, Illinois, and went into the implement and manufacturing business. After being so identified for several years he sold out and accepted a position with the Walter A. Wood Harvester Company, remaining in their employ for five years. He next went on the road as traveling salesman for the Deering Harvester Company, but he resigned this position at the end of five years and purchased a farm in Brule county, South Dakota, which he operated for four years. On May 1, 1907, Mr. Anderson once more became a resident of Ellsworth, and has ever since made this his home. When he first returned he became associated in the hardware business with his cousin, but twenty-one months later he purchased his partner's interest and has ever since conducted the enterprise alone. Last year, 1911, he erected the building he now occupies, which is thoroughly modern and especially adapted to the particular needs of his business. He carries a large and well assorted stock of shelf and heavy hardware, invoicing eight thousand dollars, and is enjoying an excellent patronage. He is progressive and enterprising in his methods and in the conduct of his business strives to please and accommodate his patrons, believing that the best mode of advertising is through well satisfied customers.

Mr. Anderson has been twice married, his first union being with Miss Hattie Moore on the 24th of November, 1881. She was a daughter of John O. and Sarah A. (Cox) Moore, the father a native of Pennsylvania and the mother of Tennessee. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson: Chime I., who is a farmer in Oregon; Earl G., who passed away in 1901 at the age of sixteen years: and Welcome H., the wife of Belvin Ellis, a resident of Academy, South Dakota. The wife and mother passed away in January, 1905, after a brief illness, and on the 19th of November, 1911, Mr. Anderson was married to Mrs. Fanny Christian, a daughter of Alonzo and Martha (Goldsbury) Garrison.

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson affiliate with the Congregational church, and fraternally he belongs to the Masonic lodge of Chamberlain, South Dakota; the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and the Modern Woodmen of America, of Ellsworth. Politically he is a republican, giving his allegiance to the progressive faction of that body. Mr. Anderson is very active and enterprising and is recognized as one of the representative members of the commercial fraternity of Ellsworth. Together with A. B. Staples he owns and operates a large skating rink, thirty-six by one hundred and eight feet, which is one of the town's well patronized and popular places of amusement. He is public spirited in matters of citizenship and takes a personal interest in forwarding the development of the town by giving his cooperation to every progressive movement.


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