Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 533-34.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  George R. Anderson

George R. Anderson has figured prominently in the business circles of Albert City for almost a decade, being well known as a representative of commercial and financial interests.  He has been engaged in the hardware trade since January 1, 1900, being a member of the Albert City Hardware Company, and he is also a stockholder in the Security Savings Bank and is now the president of that institution.  In former years he was identified with farming interests in Buena Vista county and in all that he has undertaken he has displayed a spirit of marked enterprise, combined with determination, that has enabled him to carry forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes.  He was born March 22, 1855, in Sweden.  His father, A. P. Swanson, was a farmer, and George R. Anderson was therefore reared to agricultural life.  His education was acquired in the public and high schools of his native country, supplemented by a short course in an agricultural college.  Emigrating to America in early manhood, he was employed in Chicago until 1881, and on the 1st of March of that year came to Buena Vista county, Iowa, with the intention of taking up agricultural life in this section of the state.  He first located near his present home, and has since been interested in the agricultural development of the region, his labors being attended with substantial success.  He brought his fields under a high state of cultivation and added to his farm the modern accessories for improvement and development. His untiring industry and unfaltering diligence have constituted the basis of his success, making him one of the well-to-do citizens of the community.


Mr. Anderson was married March 2, 1882, at Waukon, Allamakee county, Iowa, to Miss Albertine Anderson, also a native of Sweden.  Their only child is Herman L. Anderson.  The parents were born and reared in the Lutheran faith.  Mr. Anderson gives his political allegiance to the republican party and served as township trustee from 1890 until 1900, discharging his duties with promptness and fidelity.  On the 27th of February of that year he was appointed postmaster of Albert City, Iowa.  As stated, since the 1st of January, 1900, Mr. Anderson has been a well known and valued representative of commercial interests in Albert City, for on that day he became connected with the hardware business and is now one of the owners of an extensive enterprise of this character, which is continued under the name of Albert City Hardware Company.  He does not confine his efforts along one line, however, for he is equally well known in financial circles, being a stockholder in and the president of the Security Savings Bank.  Honored and respected by all he occupies an enviable position in business circles, not alone by reason of the success he has achieved but also owing to the straightforward business policy he has ever followed.  His friends, and they are many, know him as a substantial citizen, who has proven himself a worthy addition to the ranks of business men in this county.