P. F. W. Anthony, a capable farmer residing on section 2, Mariposa township, was born in Valparaiso, Indiana,
May 80, 1886, a son of Peter and Dora (Boe) Anthony. The father was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, but came
to the United States in his youth. For some time be lived in Chicago, whence he removed to Valparaiso, Indiana,
where he lived until his removal to Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska. He remained there for about four years and then located
on a farm on section 2, Mariposa township, this county, where he successfully engaged in farming until about 1904,
when he returned to Cedar Bluffs. He passed away in 1907 and was buried in a cemetery in that town. His wife, who
was born in Germany, is still living and makes her home with a daughter in Cedar Bluffs. They were the parents
of eight children: Clara, the wife of C. L. Rabbass, of Royal, Nebraska; Lena, who married Henry Frahm, also of
Royal; Mattie, the wife of Fred Hartford, of Cedar Bluffs; Dora, now Mrs. Andrew Lorensen, of Cedar Bluffs; Ella,
who married George Jones; of Cedar Bluffs; Melia, the wife of Andrew Jacobson, of Emmet, this state; P. F. W.,
known as William; and Hattie, the wife of Max Gloyer, of Cedar Bluffs.
William Anthony attended the district schools and supplemented the education so acquired by a year's study at the
Fremont Normal School, where he took a commercial course and also two terms of the teacher's course. He assisted
his father until he was twenty one years of age and then assumed the management of the home place, which he has
since operated. He now owns a farm which comprises one hundred and sixty acres of excellent land and has made a
number of improvements, including the erection of a fine barn. He does general farming, and his industry and practical
knowledge of agriculture are the main factors in his gratifying success.
On May 20, 1908, Mr. Anthony was united in marriage to Miss Emma Harding, who was born and reared in the vicinity
of Cedar Bluffs. Their children are three in number, namely: Edna D., Harry A. and Leonard W.
Mr. Anthony is a stalwart republican and is deeply interested in all matters that concern the public welfare. He
attends and supports the Lutheran church, with which his wife is also affiliated, and he is a member of the Farmers
Union. Although a young man, he has gained a measure of prosperity that many of his seniors might well envy and
is recognized as one of the progressive and successful farmers of his township.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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