GEORGE W. ANDERSON. - Energy and progressive spirit have brought George W. Anderson to a position of prominence
and distinction among the representative men of Imperial County. He is president of the Imperial Valley Hardware
Company in El Centro, and has had that office since the amalgamation of the El Centro Hardware & Implement
Company and the Anderson & Meyer Company, January I, 1913. Mr. Anderson was born in St. Marys, Kansas, August
26, 1882, a son of George F. and Louise O. (Fletcher) Anderson. His father was identified with the hardware and
furniture business at St. Marys, Kansas, for many years. He was one of the pioneers of that locality and was numbered
among the substantial and representative men of his day. The father of Mr. Anderson passed away in 1902 and his
mother died in 1917. George W., the subject of this review, received his education at the Washburn College at Topeka,
and received the degree of B. S. Socially he is a member of the Phi Delta Theta, a college fraternity. In 1904
he came to California and located in San Diego for a few months, then went to Alaska, where he followed mining
for a time. This venture proved partially successful, but he did not care to remain in Alaska long, and returned
to San Diego, where he engaged with the firm of Samuel Gordon-Ingle company, later known as Hazard-Gould Company.
Under Hazard-Gould Company, Mr. Anderson became manager of the wholesale department. Later he and Mr. Howard P.
Meyer came to the Imperial Valley and purchased the hardware and grocery store of King L. Kendle of Holtville,
forming the Anderson & Meyer Company on June 30, 1908. February, 1909, they purchased the hardware and furniture
store of G. W. McCollum at Calexico, where Mr. Anderson remained for three and one half years. After the consolidation
of the Anderson & Meyer Company and the El Centro Hardware Company, Mr. Anderson moved to El Centro and became
president and general manager of the Imperial Valley Hardware Company. This firm now operates seven stores in the
Valley. Fraternally Mr. Anderson is affiliated with the Masonic Order. He is a thirty second degree Scottish Rite
Mason and a Knight Templar, and a member of the Shrine. He is also a member of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Anderson was united in marriage in Los Angeles March 15, 1913, to Miss Edith Mae Cliff, a daughter of John
C Cliff, who was largely identified with the livestock business for many years, and now retired. The ancestors
of both Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are of colonial stock. In business Mr. Anderson has the confidence and esteem of
those with whom he has been associated and of all who are in any way connected with him.
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918
Imperial County, CA
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