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ANDERSON, Charles Augustus - 1912 Bio (1862-1908)


Posted By: Debbie Nash (email)
Date: 11/2/2002 at 23:48:28

From the History of Jefferson County - 1912, Volume II
Pages 295-296


Charles A. ANDERSON, who was the popular host of the Q Hotel at Fairfield, was born in Sweden, January 7, 1862, his parents being A. Peter and Elizabeth (ANDERSON) ANDERSON, who were likewise natives of Sweden, in which country the father carried on farming until 1868. He then sailed with his family for the new world, making his way into the interior of the country. He settled in Round Prairie township, this county, where he invested his savings in a tract of land. It was totally unimproved at that time but he cleared and developed it and converted it into a valuable farm which he cultivated throughout his remaining days. He died in June, 1893, while his wife survived him for about fifteen years, passing away July 6, 1908.

Charles A. ANDERSON was reared and educated in Round Prairie township, being but six years of age when the family came to this country. He attended the district schools and also worked in the fields as his age and strength permitted. When a youth of sixteen years he started out in life on his own account and worked as a farm hand, being thus employed until 1899, when, desiring that his labors should more directly benefit himself, he rented a farm which he cultivated until 1901. In that year he removed to Fairfield and for some time was in the employ of the Louden Manufacturing Company. At length he sold his home and went to Burlington, Iowa, but remained there for only a brief period, returning to Fairfield. Here Mr. ANDERSON purchased the Q Hotel, near the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot, and continued in the hotel business until his death, proving a popular host who carefully looked after the comfort of his guests. He was thus engaged in business when, on the 19th of May, 1908, his life's labors were ended in death.

On the 27th of October, 1887, Mr. ANDERSON was united in marriage to Miss Cora B. ARCHIBALD, a daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (PAXTON) ARCHIBALD. They had two children: Elizabeth Pearl, twenty-three years of age, who is the wife of Ray AUGSTEAD [sic - ANGSTEAD], of Fairfield; and Otto, aged seventeen, now living at home. Mr. and Mrs. ANDERSON also reared an adopted daughter, Goldie May, now ten years of age.

Mr. ANDERSON belonged to the Fairfield Lodge No. 4, I. O. O. F., and also to the Rebekah degree. His political support was given to the democratic party and his religious faith was that of the Methodist church. He was always loyal to the principles which he professed and his name came to be a synonym for reliability as well as activity in business. His manner was genial, his cordiality unfeigned, and he won many friends. His widow since his death has purchased ground and erected an attractive residence at No. 202 South H street where she resides.

I am copying this information for the benefit of genealogical research and am not related to said individuals.


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