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Charles Henry Anderson
Born 23 November 1861


On the list of city officials on Anamosa appears the name of Charles Henry Anderson for he is the popular, efficient postmaster of the city, prompt, capable and systematic in the discharge of his duties. He is numbered among Iowa's native sons, his birth having occurred in Hartford, Warren county, on the 23rd of November, 1861. His parents were Leonard V. and Julia A. (Taylor) Anderson, natives of Ohio and North Carolina respectively. The father was born in Knox county, Ohio, May 13, 1834, while his mother was born in North Carolina September 12, 1827. They became pioneer residents of Warren county, Iowa, where they resided until 1863, and then removed to Linn county, this state, remaining there for twenty-three years or until 1886, when they became residents of Anamosa. The father was a carpenter by trade and lived a busy and useful life, passing away in April 1899, at the age of sixty-five years. The wife still survives at the advanced age of eighty-two years and is now living in the old home in Anamosa.
Charles H. Anderson was the third in order of birth in a family of four children, but is the only one now living. At the usual age he began his education in the public schools and continued his studies until he graduated from the high school of Viola, Iowa. He was only two years old when his parents removed from Hartford to Viola, where he continued to reside until October, 1885, when he became a resident of Anamosa. He had previously made his initial step in the business world as a clerk in a general store at Viola, where he remained until his removal to Jones county. In the city where he now resides he had secured a clerkship in the grocery store of Buell Evans and continued with him for about a year, after which he engaged in the firm of Brasted & Prentice. He continued with them for three years, at the end of time he accepted a position as traveling salesman, representing the wholesale grocery firm of John A. Tolman & Company of Chicago. He held that position for about two years and was engaged as bookkeeper with the grocery firm of Shaw & Buttow at Anamosa, acting in that capacity for six years. On the 15th of April, 1898, he was appointed postmaster of Anamosa and has been the incumbent in the office to the present time, covering a period of more than eleven years. His long continuance in the position indicates clearly the fidelity which he has displayed in discharging his duties and the promptness and capability that has characterized his service at all times.
On the 12th of September, 1883, Mr. Anderson was united in marriage to Miss. Cora L. Meader, daughter of George W. and Julia A. (Howe) Meader, the latter a direct descendant of Eli Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine. Mrs. Anderson's parents were natives of New York and at an early day removed westward to Michigan, while subsequently became pioneer residents of Linn county, Iowa, where the father died. The mother afterwards removed to Jones county. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have been born two sons: Leonard E., who is now attending law school in Chicago; and Roy J., a cartoonist, who is connected with the St. Joseph News Press.
In his political views Mr. Anderson has always been a stalwart republican since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day and is thus able to support his position by intelligent argument. He has served as a member of the school board and the cause of education finds in him a diligent and effective champion. He belongs to the Baptist church and fraternally is connected with Anamosa Lodge, No. 16, A.F.&A.M.; Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 66, R.A.M.; Mount Olive Commandery, No.36, K.T.; and El Kahir Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He also holds membership with the Mystic Workers and the Modern Woodmen and is loyal to teachings of these orders, which are based upon the principles of mutual helpfulness and brotherly kindness...

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 75.

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