William Henry Anderson was born 1 January 1864 in Piatt County, Illinois to George Clinton and Nancy Jane Morris Anderson. His father had come from Ohio to Illinois finally settling in Jasper Co., Missouri not too long after William’s birth. William had 3 siblings, Annie E. (1855-1912), Flora A. (1858) and Elmer F. (1868-1953). His father died in 1873 at the age of 45. In his early 20's, William moved to Pittsburg in Crawford Co., KS where he went into the grocery business with W. J. Ralph in a building on North Broadway. They were only in business for 6 months when he sold his interest in the store and bought an interest in a dray business with Silas Carr. The business was known as Carr and Anderson for a few years until his brother, Elmer F. Anderson, bought out Carr and the name was changed to Anderson Brothers. Eventually William bought out his brother and went into the freight dray and transfer business with David H. Sterling. In 1897, he became manager of the Ryley-Wilson Grocery Company, a wholesale grocery company headquartered out of Kansas City. His mother, moved to Pittsburg to live with William and died there in 1905. William was elected to the Pittsburg city council in 1896 and 1903, each for two year term, and served as chairman of several city committees. He was active in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Red Men and the Fraternal Aid Society. He was also a member of the Topeka, KS chapter of the Knights and Ladies of Security where members paid into an insurance fund in which their premiums would be dispersed to their family upon their death. The organization changed its name in 1920 to the Security Benefit Association eventually disbanding in 1949. The picture above shows him in his security uniform.

William married Minnie Mae Reynolds 19 October 1893 in Cherokee, Crawford Co., Kansas. She was born 14 December 1876 in Columbus, Cherokee Co., Kansas, the daughter of Seth Lyon & Amanda Ellen (Albertson) Reynolds. William and Minnie had 4 children, Fred Franklin (1894-1969), Ivy Pearl Anderson Rochester Sicks (1897-1969), Opal May Anderson Bodelle (1899-1994) and Clyde W. (1906-1974). William remained the manager of the Pittsburg location of the Ryley-Wilson Grocey Company until ill health forced him to retire a few years before his death. He died 14 June 1921 in the State Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Minnie died 29 Oct 1962 and are both buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg, Kansas.


Funeral of William H. Anderson. Funeral services for William H Anderson, aged 57, who died Wednesday afternoon in the state hospital at Topeka, will be held Saturday afternoon at 22:30 o’clock from the Christian church, conducted by the Rev. J. H. O. Smith. Mr. Anderson was born in Piatt county, Ill. Jan 1, 1864. When a small boy he settled with his parents on a farm near Medoc, Mo., At the age of 21 he came to Pittsburg, where he lived until a couple foyers ago when he was stricken with illness and taken to the hospital at Topeka. When Mr. Anderson came to Pittsburg in 1885, he formed a partnership with W. J. Ralph in the grocery business in a building which stood where the Commerce building is now located. He laster entered the transfer business with Silas Carr. In 1897 he entered the transfer business with G. L. and D. H. Sterling. During the time of this partnership he purchased the wholesale grocery stock of the Ryley-Wilson company, which he managed until he became ill. Mr. Anderson was a member of the Pittsburg lodge of the Knights of Pythias, U. R. K. P., No. 198, F. A. U. No. 428, and the United Commercial Travelers. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie Anderson, 107 West Euclid avenue, four children, Fred Anderson, 104 East Madison, Pittsburg; Mrs. Lorin Bodelle, 709 West First street, this city; Mrs. Iva Rochester, Arkansas City, Kas.; and Clyde Anderson, who lives at home; also one brother, Elmer Anderson, 812 West Fourth street; one nice, Gertie Uhles, 307 East Quincy; one nephew, Walter Ralph, Carlsbad, N. M.; and two grandchildren, William Rochester and Rowena Anderson. The Pittsburg Sun, 17 June 1921, Fri., pg. 2.

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Home Authors. A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of Crawford County, Kansas. Chicago: Lewis, 1905. pg490. Print.
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