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B. Frank and Emma Seashore Anderson Family

B. Frank Anderson was born in a one-room log cabin, February 29, 1860, at Swedona, Illinois, the son of Swedish immigrants. His wife, Emma Seashore Anderson, born September 11, 1867, came to the U.S. in 1869, from her homeland, of Morlunda, Smoland, Sweden.

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were the parents of seven children: Carl Theodore J.; Ruth Emily; Agnes Elizabeth; Paul Bernard; Lloyd Eugene; Emma Roberta; and Earl Daniel Anderson.

Carl Theodore J. was born September 5, 1889, in Slater. A farmer all his life, he married Clementine Schaffer, of Wellman, Iowa, February 6, 1912. Mrs. Anderson was born November 8, 1890. Carl attended Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota, and the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. He served terms as a State Representative and as a State Senator, and also received recognition as a "Master Farmer." They were the parents of one daughter, Helen, who married O'Hara Hammond, of Des Moines. Mr. Hammond is now deceased. The Hammons were parents of a son and a daughter, and had four grandchildren. Carl Theodore J. Anderson died August 29, 1979, and Clementine passed away in 1982. Both are buried at Wellman, Iowa.

Ruth Emily, born June 27, 1891, also in Slater, married Paul Vetti Mather. Mrs. Mather attended the University of Iowa, as did her husband. She was an artist and homemaker, and he was a businessman and farmer. They made their home in Springdale, Iowa, and were the parents of one son, Paul V. (now of Portland, Oregon), and three daughters: Louise (Mrs. Harold Griffith, of Elkader, Iowa); Patricia Ann (Mrs. William Ehrhardt, also of Elkhader); and Ellen Janta Cleveland, of Long Beach, California. They had 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Mather died December 21, 1936, in Kanawha, and Mr. Mather died December 12, 1950. Both are buried in the Springdale Cemetery.

Agnes Elizabeth was the first child to be born in Madrid, being born March 7, 1893. She received her B.S. in home economics from the University of Iowa. Her husband, M. Edvin Engstrom, was a Drake University graduate. The Engstroms farmed in the Willmar, Minnesota area all their married life. They were the parents of eight children, three of whom are Presbyterian ministers. Agnes died February 5, 1977, and Edvin in 1968. Both are buried in Lenwood Park Cemetery, in Boone.

Paul Bernard was also born in Madrid, in December 27, 1894. He received his A.B. degree from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. In addition, he received an honorary doctorate from the Russian Theological Seminary, in Paris, France. He was the founder of the Russian Correspondence School in Paris, and the founder and director of the YMCA PRESS, in Paris. He retired as the International YMCA Secretary of China, Russia, Germany, and France. Among his other honors were France's Legion of Honor, and the bestowal of the rank of Honorary Officer of the Order of British Empire. Paul married Margaret Holmes, of Whiting, Iowa, on July 8, 1925. Mrs. Anderson was also a graduate of the University of Iowa, and served with her husband in his work for the YMCA during their marriage. Most of their married life was spent in Paris, and later, in White Plains, New York. They presently live at Highland Farms, a retirement community in Black Mountain, North Carolina. They are parents of one son, one daughter, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Lloyd Eugene was born June 6, 1897, also in Madrid. A graduate of the University of Iowa School of Engineering, he is a retired registered professional engineer. He was the manager of the Pittsburg-Des Moines Steel Company, in Des Moines, at the time of his retirement. He also served that company in the office of Vice President of Research and Development, and as Director. He married Hazel A. Johnson, of Des Moines, born June 4, 1899. Their one daughter, Gretchen, died of polio in 1947, and is buried at the Laurel Hill Cemetery, in Des Moines. They also had one son, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Anderson passed away February 18, 1979, and is buried at the Masonic Cemetery, in Des Moines. Lloyd continues to make his home in Des Moines.

Emma Roberta, born October 23, 1901, married Harvey G. Smith February 6, 1932. This couple was also active in the "Y" organization. Roberta received her A.B. degree from the University of Iowa, and served the YWCA in Kobe, Japan, and retired as the YWCA Director of the USA. She has also done freelance writing. Husband, Harvey, received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin. He has the distinction of being the first county agent in Alpena, Michigan. He was credit supervisor for the Wisconsin Electric Company, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, before becoming director of the Russian Vocational School, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Later, he was YMCA Director, in Vladivostock, Siberia. They lived on an acreage near Kenosha, Wisconsin, where they were involved with 4-H and PTA activities. They were the parents of one daughter and one son, and two grandchildren. Harvey passed away June 22, 1973, and is buried at Sunset Ridge Cemetery, in Kenosha.

Youngest son, Earl Daniel Anderson, was born October 10, 1908. He married Mary Lucille Solgrove (born Nov. 26, 1912, in Greenfield, Iowa), on June 1, 1935. Mary received her B.S. from Iowa State University, in Ames, and was a retired home economist and high school teacher. She was also a home economics journalist and columnist, who wrote under the penname of "Joan Barton." Earl received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Iowa State University, and retired as an agricultural engineer, consultant, and journalist. They are the parents of one son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. They make their home in Parker, Colorado.

All of the Anderson children grew up in Madrid and attended the Swedish Lutheran Church while they were at home, and they still consider Madrid their home. B. Frank passed away December 10, 1960, and Emma on July 19, 1930. Both are buried at Hillsdale Cemetery.

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