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Eldon C. Anderson


ELDON C. ANDERSON. As a capable and energetic public servant, an able official in the discharge of the duties and responsibilities of his position, and a man of courtesy to those who had occasion to visit his office, Eldon C. Anderson, won the respect and confidence of the people of his native community. His was an active and useful career, in which he made material strides, and although still a young man in point of years at the time of his death was one of experience and learning. He passed away on the 31st of
December, 1929.

Mr. Anderson was born February 24, 1898, at Council Bluffs, Iowa, a son of James and Amanda (Gunnerson) Anderson. James Anderson was born in Denmark, and was still a young man when he arrived at Council Bluffs in 1888. Shortly after his arrival he entered the employ of the Northwestern Railway Company, "slipping" ties, and has continued with this road for more than forty years, at this time being assistant general foreman. He is a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church, the Knights of Pythias and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and in his political views is a Republican. On June 22, 1893, Mr. Anderson was united in marriage with Miss Amamda Gunnersob, who was born in Sweden, and arrived at Council Bluffs August 7, 1891. Both still survive and they have had two children.

Eldon C. Anderson attended the public schools of Council Bluffs, including the high school, and early in 1917 enlisted in the United States Army for service during the World war. He first had training at Council Bluffs and Des Moines, and then at Camp Mills, Long Island, and went overseas in November, 1917, as a member of the Forty-second (Rainbow) Division. this division won undying glory in the great engagement of Chateau-Thierry, during which, July 29, 1918, Mr. Anderson lost a leg and had the other badly injured.  He was knighted a member of the French Legion of Honor for bravery in action, being the only one to receive such an honor to this sector, and the only one in the State of Iowa to receive such honor and distinction. In January, 1919, he was invalided home after six months in a French hospital, and subsequently was a patient in hospitals at New York City and Fort Des Moines, finally being discharged August 4, 1919. For the next three or four months, while recuperating, he traveled through the eastern part of the United States, and then returned to Iowa, where he spent two years in the State University. Following this Mr. Anderson secured a position in the office of the sheriff of Pottawattamie County. In April, 1928, he was elected city clerk of Council Bluffs, a position which he afterward filled with much abilityand to the entire satisfaction of the people of his native community.

Mr. Anderson was unmarried and made his home with his parents. In 1910 he and his mother made an extended trip through Europe, spending three months in Denmark, Sweden and Germany. His religious connection was with the First Presbyterian Church, and fraternally he was affiliated with the Masons, Council Bluffs Lodge No. 531; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; the Fraternal Order of Eagles; and the Knights of Pythias, in which he held the Degree of Honor. He belonged also to the Forty and Eight and the American Legion, of which later he was state sergeant-at-arms at one time. He was also greatly interested in the activities of the National Guard and was a valued member of the Council Bluffs Aero Club and the Kiwanis Club.

~ source:  The People of Iowa by Edgar Rubey Harlan, LL. B., A. M., Volume III, The American Historical Society, Inc.; Chicago and New York,1931.

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