From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 320-321, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Frank Anderson, a widely and favorably known citizen of Schuyler
county, is Superintendent of the poor farm of that county, in which
capacity he has served since March 1, 1891. He was born in Schuyler
county, in Huntsville township, on May 15, 1836, and has lived in that
vicinity ever since. His parents were William and Prudence
(Wallingsford) Anderson, both natives of Kentucky, who were married in
their native State, coming to Illinois in 1835, and locating in
Huntsville township, where they cleared and improved a farm of 640
acres. On his property he built a substantial and comfortable
residence, besides barns for grain and stock, and added many other
modern improvements, the land being under a good state of cultivation.
He died in August, 1887, aged eighty-seven years. His wife still
survives at the age of eighty-five years, supported and comforted by
her kind and loving children.
The paternal grandparents of our subject, Andrew Anderson and
wife, were natives of Kentucky, who removed to Schuyler county,
Illinois, in an early day, locating near Rushville, where the
grandmother died. The grandfather died in Camden township. They had
eight children, six sons and two daughters: William, father of our
subject; John, Jeremiah, Riley, Jackson and Perry, and two daughters.
The parents of our subject had ten children, of whom seven
arrived at maturity. Cyrus died in Huntsville township, Illinois;
Andrew, died in Huntsville township; Jane married Danforth Cady, and
now resides in Camden township; Vincent resides in Huntsville township;
our subject comes next in order; John died in Camden township; and
Sarah, now Mrs. Samuel McCadann, of Camden township.
Our subject was reared on a farm in Huntsville township, and on
January 1, 1858, was married to Harriet Kniss, daughter of Samuel and
Polly Kniss, and a native of Indiana. After his marriage he resided
with his wife on a part of the homestead, where he pursued his trade of
blacksmithing, and also conducted a farm. He resided here until he took
charge of the County Poor farm. He owns 171 acres of well improved land
in Huntsville township, which is under a good state of cultivation. The
poor farm contains 310 acres of land in section 26, of Buena Vista
township, there now being thirty-one inmates of the home. This farm
almost pays expenses, being well conducted under the able management of
the subject of our sketch and his estimable wife.
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have three children: Isabel, wife of Henry Powell, of Huntsville township; Millie and Fred.
Mr. Anderson affiliates with the Democratic party, though taking
no active interest in politics aside from desiring the advancement and
welfare of his native county and State. Socially he is a member of
Camden Lodge, No. 648, A.F. & A.M.
Sober and intelligent, honest and industrious, kind and
obliging, he has gained the good will of his fellow citizens and the
affectionate regard of a host of friends.
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