Frank Anderson
Biography

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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