Obituaries - A
Submitted by Melinda Anderson Comley
Anderson, one of the best known men of the county, died at his home in
Craig township Friday
morning at 10 o'clock. The immediate cause of his death was an acute
attack of dysentery though
he had been in poor health for two years past from an affliction of the
heart. During the past
few months Mr. Anderson had the misfortune to lose his aged wife and
earlier in the year their
home was destroyed by fire.
the weight of his declining years, these new misfortunes came with
heavy force, but Mr. Anderson
withstood them with more fortitude than would have been exhibited by
much younger men.
He had an abiding faith in all things and never worried over the ills
of life. His latest sickness extended over a period of probably ten
Anderson was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, on November the 14th.,
1818, and was at the time
of demise 85 years 9 months and 14 days of age. His father's name was
also William Anderson
and his mother's maiden name was Sarah Huser and they were both natives
of the State
of New York, coming to this county early in its history.
Anderson has spent all his life as a farmer Craig township, but has
made himself known and respected by the people of the entire County. In
politics he was a staunch Republican and served on the Board of County
Commissioners of this County longer than any other man ever served, a
period of 12 consecutive years.
He was president of the Board during the troublous years from '60 to
'65 and leaves as an
enduring monument to his memory the Court House here which was built
during these years.
few days ago the writer had the pleasure of hearing from his lips the
history and planning of
that structure and to witness the very evident pleasure that he still
felt in his part in his work. The building was contracted for before
of the Civil War and the consequent increase in the prices of labor and
materials ensued (?) a loss to the contractors. They however were men
of the strictest principle and
went on with the work in the same way as if their contract was to be
profitable. They did splendid
work and when their work was completed the board by a unanimous vote
gave them a bonus of some
two or three thousand dollars. This brought the cost of the building to
and $43,000?. During the erection of the building Mr. Anderson and the
other Commissioners felt
such an interest in the work that they gave almost undivided attention
to it. They also
provided for the planting of the magnificent shade trees that now stand
yard and in every way aided in giving us one of the prettiest buildings
and yards in the state of Indiana.
October 20th, 1812, Mr. Anderson and Miss Mary Cotton were united in
marriage and on October
20th last, aided by the couple who attended them at the wedding, Mr.
James Shaw and Mrs.
Abigail Lamson Tilley, they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.
To their union were born
several children who still survive them.
remains were laid to rest in the cemetery connected with Spring Branch
Church at ten o'clock Sunday morning after an appropriate ceremony. The
body was followed to the grave by an immense concourse of people.
sleeps, but he has left to his family the blessed heritage of a good
name and a
life well spent and he has left to the people of a grateful community
the example that
comes from doing every duty as it arises in a clear sighted, honest and