Walter W. Anderson was born in Jefferson in 1872
and is a son of J. F. Anderson. The father came to Jefferson from Ohio
about the year 1866, and it was here that he was married, in 1867, to Amanda J.
Witt, a native of Illinois, For several years Mr. Anderson was engaged in
the harness business in Jefferson and in addition bought and sold farms in that
locality. He was an active republican and served as clerk of the court for
six years. He passed away in 1880, leaving three children: Nettie, who is
now Mrs. C. D. Case, of Fort Dodge; Arthur E.; and Walter W.|
Mr. Anderson of this review received the ordinary
education incident to Jefferson, supplementing it later by a course at the
Capital City Commercial College, from which he was graduated in 1889. He
immediately entered the employ of the City Bank as bookkeeper, where he remained
for five years. Feeling that perhaps merchandising would be more
profitable and more to his liking, he entered the hardware business, in which he
continued for three years. When D. H. Houston offered him a good price for
the establishment he had built up, he decided to sell and subsequently removed
to Scranton, where he once more entered the banking business. In 1898 he was made cashier of the Bank of Scranton. This institution was established by T. P. La Rue in 1878 and was sold by him to Robert Eason and later became incorporated as the State Bank of Scranton when the present owner purchased the same. It was then organized with Charles Bofink, president; Henry Haag, vice president; Walter Anderson, cashier; and A. E. Adams, assistant cashier. They do a general banking and exchange business.
Mr. Anderson is influential in many fraternal organizations. He is a member of the blue lodge, of Scranton chapter and the commandery at Jefferson, as well as the Shrine at Des Moines. He has always given his political support to the republican party, and for four years served as mayor of Scranton. Beginning as a bookkeeper in the banking business, Mr. Anderson has steadily made his way to the front. The banks are always on a lookout for young men of integrity and reliability, and they early recognized these qualities in Mr. Anderson. He has had, in addition, what few possess, a business experience to supplement his value in his present line.