Friday, August 29, 2014

Frank G. Anderson, County Treasurer

Frank G. Anderson was born in Denison Township on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1886. His father John Anderson was a farmer who earlier held the office of County Treasurer and was a native of Lawrence County having been born here October 5, 1856. The grandfather of Frank G. Anderson, also named John, was a pioneer of the County having located in Lawrence Township and being one of the 14 earliest settlers of the County. His death occurred in 1873.

John Anderson (the second), father of Frank G. Anderson, attended the early subscription schools of his neighborhood and was brought up to farm life. He married Alice Harvey, who was born in Illinois in 1862. After marriage he moved to Denison Township, where he bought 40 acres of land, which he cleared off, placed under cultivation and made other improvements. He then sold this property and bought another farm. The children born to John Anderson and wife were: Janie, Sarah, James, Frank G., John, Edward, Joseph, Alice and Mary, all born and reared in Denison Township. John Anderson was a Republican while his father was a Democrat. The former took an active part in public affairs, served as Commissioner of Highways, Justice of the Peace, Supervisor, and then was elected County Treasurer.  He had served only one year and three days when his career was cut short by death in 1907, being then in his 52nd year. Fraternally he was a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Modern Woodmen and the Modern Americans. In religious views he was a Methodist.

Frank G. Anderson attended the district schools of Denison Township, and later took a course in the commercial department of the Valparaiso University at Valparaiso, Indiana. When his father died he took up the duties of the latter as County Treasurer, and was elected to that office at the following election.  He was nominated for the office on his 21st birthday, and took charge February 8, 1908, serving until 1910. Mr. Anderson was a Mason, an Odd Fellow of St. Francisville, and a Modern Woodmen. He also was a member of the Methodist church. Mr. Anderson was a single man at the time he succeeded his father and assumed the duties of the Treasurer's office. He married Miss Sarah Belcher of West Baden, Indiana on August 11, 1909 whom he had known from childhood and had formerly lived in Lawrence County.

The above information was taken from McCleave's 1910 History and  Biography book.  (We have a few of these still for sale at the museum and library.)