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Date: 3/26/2020 at 11:33:57
A. ANDERSON, Cashier of the Washington County Savings Bank, has been a resident of this county since 1851, coming here with his parents when young. He is a native of Jefferson County, Ohio, born Jan. 9, 1841. His father John T. Anderson, is a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother of West Virginia. The subject of this sketch is the fourth of a family of seven children. His literary education was obtained in the public schools of his native State, and his commercial education at Bryant & Strattonís Commercial College. In 1863 he left his fatherís farm, and embarked in the stock and grain business at Ainsworth, where he continued to reside, and was actively engaged in trade for twenty years. He first formed a partnership with J.C. Luckey, which was continued for three years under the firm name of Luckey & Anderson, after which he associated with himself J.S. McClelland, and embarked in the general mercantile trade. This copartnership continued but one year, when Mr. McClelland retired, and a partnership was formed with S. A. White, and for about fifteen years the firm of Anderson & White was the leading one in the village of Ainsworth. It was only dissolved on account of the election of Mr. White Clerk of the Courts of the county, and his removal to Washington. In 1883, having been offered the position of Assistant Cashier in the Washington County Savings Bank, Mr. Anderson sold his store in Ainsworth and moved to Washington to assume the duties of that office. In 1884 he was promoted by the Directors of the institution Cashier, which position he yet holds.
Mr. Anderson and Miss Martha Stretch were united in marriage in Muscatine County, Iowa, Aug. 31, 1869. Two children came to bless their union, Marion F. and George Jay, the latter of whom is deceased. During his residence in Ainsworth there was probably no man who did more to build up the place and to him is due much of the credit for the fine school building and excellent schools of that place. Since his removal to Washington he has been just as active in advancing the interests of the latter place, and much of the credits is due him for the excellent showing of the Savings Bank.
Religiously, Mr. Anderson is connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which body his wife is also a member. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, both of the Blue Lodge and of Cyrus Chapter, R.A.M. Coming to this county a youth of sixteen, he has been thoroughly identified with it for a period of thirty years, and in every position of honor and trust which he has been called upon to fill, he has been faithful to the letter, and now numbers among his friends a host of the good people of Washington County.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County, Iowa (1887). Excerpt from Biographical Sketch of A. Anderson, page 284.
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