Biography of Allen Anderson
Marion County, IA Biographies





Allen Anderson, who is the proprietor of a roller skating rink in Knoxville and is also engaged in the real estate business, was born in Polk township, this county, on the Des Moines river, in 1860, a son of J. W. and Harriet (Smith) Anderson. The father was a native of Kentucky and when ten years of age accompanied his parents to Davis county, Iowa. His father was J. W. Anderson, Sr., also a native of Kentucky, although his father was born in Sweden, being the first of the family to come to America, and upon his arrival in this country making his way direct to Kentucky, where he located. J. W. Anderson, Sr., grew to manhood in Davis county, where his father owned land which he had entered in the early '50s. The parents of our subject were married in Van Buren county, Iowa, in 1860 and in the same year removed to Marion county, locating in Polk township, at what was then called Coalport, a small steamboat town of that time. The father farmed with his father in law, Thomas C. Smith, for a time and subsequently conducted a pottery for a number of years. He returned to Davis county and followed agricultural pursuits there for some time, but in 1877 moved again to this county. His wife died in 1897 and he afterward went to Des Moines, where he served under Mayor McVicker upon the police force. He is still living in that city at the advanced age of eighty years. His wife was born in Somerset, Ohio, and was a daughter of Thomas C. Smith, a native of Delaware. The family home in Ohio was next to that of General Phil Sheridan but removal was subsequently made to this county, where Mr. Smith is well remembered by many. He died at his home in Polk township when about eighty four years of age. Mrs. Anderson was sixty three years of age when she passed away. Her religious faith was that of the Baptist church. Mr. Anderson of this review has two brothers living, namely. J. W. and Thomas C., both farmers of Polk township.

Allen Anderson was reared in Davis and Marion counties and early became acquainted with the duties of the farmer and learned by practical experience efficient methods of agriculture. Upon starting out in life for himself he cultivated land and so continued until 1896. He also ran a thresher and for fifteen years was the owner of a sawmill which he operated. In 1896 he removed to Knoxville, where he started a feedyard in 1900 and operated the same until 1907. Since 1910 he has owned and conducted a roller skating rink, which is a popular place of amusement, especially for the young people of the city. He also engages in the real estate business to some extent and finds this a profitable side line.

Mr. Anderson was married in this county to Miss Eliza Crouch, who was born here. Her father, William Crouch, settled here in 1859, coming from Virginia. Mrs. Anderson has a sister, Mrs. Jones, who lives near Knoxville, and two brothers living in Knoxville. By her marriage she became the mother of six children, three of whom survive, namely: A. J., who is a plumber and resides at home; and Eva and Raymond, also at home. A daughter, Mrs. Harvey Myers, died in young womanhood, and Nora and Frank died in childhood. Mrs. Anderson and the children belong to the Christian church.

Mr. Anderson is a democrat and one of the prominent men in local political circles. For the past twenty five years he has attended the county and state conventions of his party and he has held a number of local offices. In addition to serving in various township positions he was for two terms county supervisor, being first elected in 1906, and he has also been a member of the city council of Knoxville. Fraternally he is well known, holding membership in the subordinate lodge and encampment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in the Knights of Pythias, the Red Men, the Foresters, the Modern Woodmen and the Homesteaders. He likewise belongs to the ladies' auxiliaries of all of the above orders. His wife is a member of the Rebekahs, the Pythian Sisters, the Pocahontas and Woman's Relief Corps. He has proven a successful business man and also an upright and public spirited citizen and enjoys the respect of those who know him.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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