Biography of Oscar Anderson
Decatur County, IA Biographies





Oscar Anderson, cashier of the State Savings Bank of Lamoni, has been connected with that institution for seventeen years and is recognized as a leader in local financial circles. He was born in La Salle county, Illinois, on the 22d of January, 1872, a son of Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Anderson, both natives of Norway. When the subject of this review was but two months old the family removed to Decatur county and the parents still reside at Lamoni.

Mr. Anderson was reared upon the home farm in the vicinity of Lamoni and remained under the parental roof until he attained his majority. He supplemented his public school education by attendance at Highland Park College of Des Moines, from which he was graduated with the class of 1895, and he then taught in the Lamoni public schools for a period of three years, after which he became identified with the State Savings Bank of Lamoni, which was organized at that time by the late David Dancer, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work. Since 1911 Mr. Anderson has been cashier of the bank, of which he is also a director, and he gives his closest attention to the management of the affairs of the institution, which is conducted upon a safe and conservative basis. The policy of the institution, however, is to extend credit when there is sufficient security, thus aiding in the legitimate business growth of the community and at the same time discouraging ill advised expansion by refusing too easy credit the bank not only safeguards its own interests but in the end subserves the best interests of the community. Mr. Anderson also owns three hundred and nineteen acres of land on section 9, Fayette township, the cultivation of which he carefully supervises. With his brother Andrew he rents and operates eleven hundred acres of land also in Fayette township, a part of the David Dancer estate, and in addition to his many other activities he looks after his sister's business affairs.

Mr. Anderson was married at Lamina to Miss Belle Kelley, a native of Michigan and a daughter of Elder William H. Kelley, now a resident of Lamoni. Mrs. Anderson began her education in the schools of Ohio; was graduated from the Lamoni high school in the class of 1903 and was also graduated in music from Graceland College of Lamoni. To Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have been born three children, Oscar Kelley, Richard Carroll and Margaret Belle.

Mr Anderson votes the republican ticket and for the last thirteen years has been a member of the Lamoni school board, of which he is now president His religious faith is that of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints and he holds the office of elder therein, taking a very active interest in the work of the church and being now second counselor to one of the bishops. His life has been molded in accordance with high principles of manhood and he holds high rank in his community as a banker, as a citizen and as a man.

From:
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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