Biography of David R. Anderson
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David R. Anderson. - Possessing a keen interest as well as a very practical experience in the various branches of his profession, Mr. Anderson has established through his own efforts an active association with the interests of the Joliet bar, and has won a well merited prominence in his profession. Formerly engaged in educational work in Grundy County, Illinois, he is held in high esteem for his abilities both as an educator and an attorney. He is a son of William and Mary (Hunter) Anderson, and was born in Monongahela, Washington County, Pa., Oct. 15, 1865.

The Anderson family are of Scotch descent, William Anderson being born in Airdrie, and his wife in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a miner and after his marriage came to the United States about the beginning of 1860 and his family came later in that year. They first settled near Pittsburgh, Pa. At the outbreak of the Civil War, William Anderson with two relatives, Thomas and John Hunter, volunteered for service, the latter two being accepted although none of the three had taken out their citizenship. Anderson was rejected. He engaged in mining in the Pittsburgh district, after removing to Ohio. In 1866 he moved to Braceville, Grundy County, Ill., where he became a mine contractor. This was in one of the first mines opened in the Wilmington coal fields. In 1867 he removed to Braidwood, Will County, Ill., becoming mine boss of the first large mine in that county. In 1878 he purchased a mine at Streator, Ill., which he operated for many years, later becoming superintendent of the Coal Run Coal Company at Streator. Afterward he was associated with the Chicago-Virden Coal Company as superintendent for a number of years until his retirement. Both Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are deceased and are buried at Streator, Ill. There were fourteen children in the Anderson family. 1. Grace, married Charles Duncan. He is deceased and she resides at Streator. 2. Margaret, deceased, buried in Scotland. 3. John, deceased, buried in Streator, died in 1922. 4. William, resides at Goose Lake Township, Grundy County, Ill. 5. Ella, married William Bain. He is deceased and she lives at Kearney, Neb. 6. Andrew H., Streator. 7. David R., the subject of this sketch. 8. Thomas H., Peoria, Ill. Mary, Robert, George and Alexander, all deceased, buried in Braidwood, Ill. 13. George W., deputy county clerk, Joliet, and 14, Mary J., married Edgar Buckles, lives at Ottawa, Ill.

David R. Anderson attended the public schools of Braidwood, Ill., and at the age of eleven years worked in the "Old G" shaft digging coal for two years. He went to Streator with his parents and worked in his father's mine. In April, 1878, while at work in the mines about five tons of coal slipped and through this accident Mr. Anderson lost his right arm and left foot. His brother John, who was also at work in the mine, had his back broken. He lived and engaged in business and at the time of his death was one of the most prominent business men of Streator, Ill.

After David R. Anderson recovered from his injuries he returned to school and was graduated from Streator High School in 1884. He taught school in Streator for one year and was made principal. He was principal of the Coal City schools for two terms. He attended the University of Michigan and was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Law. On March 17, 1890, he was admitted to the Michigan State Bar at Ann Arbor, Mich. In 1890 Mr. Anderson was elected county superintendent of Grundy County schools, and served two terms of four years each. In 1898 he began the practice of his profession at Morris, Grundy County, and continued there until May, 1905, when he removed to Joliet and began practice with offices in the Barber Building.

Mr. Anderson was married in August, 1887, to Miss Elva J. Laymon, a daughter of Thomas and Esther (Caldwell) Laymon. Mr. Laymon was a native of Indiana and his wife was a native of Illinois; both are now deceased. During the Civil War he served with a Chicago Battery.

To Mr. and Mrs. Anderson one son was born, Raymond A., born May 5, 1893. He was a graduate of the University of Chicago where he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He was a teacher of English at Iowa State College, Ames, at the beginning of the World War. He enlisted for service and was in training at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He was commissioned a second lieutenant, and transferred to Camp Dodge, Iowa, where he was taken ill and discharged. He died in 1918 and is buried at Joliet. His widow, Florence Coolidge Anderson, resides at Indianapolis.

Mr. Anderson is a Republican and in 1924 was defeated for the nomination to congress from the Eleventh Illinois Congressional District. Fraternally he is a member of Paul Revere Lodge, Knights of Pythias, being a past chancellor; Star Lodge, I. O. O. F, past grand, and delegate for ten years to the Grand Lodge. He is a member of the Joliet Chamber of Commerce, Will County Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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