Transcribed by Pamela Wagler from: Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa: Containing Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Many of the Prominent Citizens of To-day and Also of the Past, Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1905.


Though but recently an acquisition to the business life of Mediapolis, Des Moines county, Carl Albert Anderson has demonstrated his ability to lead in commercial life, and his activity and skilled workmanship is known to all. He is the son of Andres Peter Chind and Carolina Matilda (Nelson) Anderson, and was born Sept. 2, 1873, in Smolen, Vesteveek, Sweden. He received a substantial education in the public schools of his native city. At an early age he developed an aptitude toward the harness trade, and accordingly entered upon a five-years’ contract with a reliable firm in his home place. During this period he became an expert in every part of the trade, and received a good recommendation from his employers as a first-class workman.

In 1892 he started for the New World, and landed in New York, coming at once to Burlington, Iowa, where he immediately obtained employment with Richard Hassel, a harness dealer, with whom he remained for eight years. At the end of this time he was well acquainted with the people, and also with the business methods of his trade; in fact, had acquired a general conception of business equaled by few in so short a time. By his energy and great economy he was, at the end of these years enabled to start in business for himself, choosing the city of Mediapolis as his location. He is on the main street of the town, and his store contains all grades of fine harness and saddles, and is said to be one of the largest stores of the kind in the county, his stock being valued at several thousand dollars.

Oct. 9, 1901, Mr. Anderson was wedded to Miss Augusta Charlotte Swanson, the accomplished daughter of Mr. Swanson, of Burlington, who is now dead. This union has been graced with one bright little boy, Russell William by name, who was born in Mediapolis, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1902.

Politically, Mr. Anderson is an ardent Republican, casting his first presidential vote with much pride for William McKinley. Since coming to Yellow Springs township he has taken considerable interest in politics, and has held the office of councilman for one term, being elected in 1902.

He is a man of broad intelligence and genuine public spirit. Strong in his individuality, he never lacks the courage of his convictions, and the sterling integrity and honor of his character have gained for him the confidence and respect of all men. His success along business lines is due to his close application to his trade in his younger days, and his determination to do well whatever he had to do, firmly believing that what was worth doing at all was worth doing well.


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