Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
HENRY S. ANDERSON. The western part of Greene county can boast of few more progressive farmers and stock raisers than the well-known gentleman whose name furnishes the caption of this article. His progenitors were among the pioneers who reclaimed the land in the vicinity of Elwood from the wild state, and Mr. Anderson has spent his life in this vicinity, and the last three decades on the fine farm he now occupies and owns, and while laboring for material success he has not neglected his duties as a public-spirited citizen, always being willing to aid in such movements as made for the betterment of his township and county, and it has been fortunate that such men as he have been contented to remain in their native locality instead of locating in other countries.
Henry S. Anderson. was born in Greene county, Missouri, November 7, 1856. He is a son of Peter L. and Sarah (Hazelton) Anderson, and he has a brother and sister living, namely: George W., of San Antonio, Texas, and Martha J. Short, of Greene county, Missouri. The father of our subject was three times married. He was a native of Tennessee, from which state he came to Missouri when young and located in Greene county, where he followed general farming. His death occurred in the year 1903. The mother of our subject was born in the state of New York, and she accompanied her family to southwest Missouri when young. Her death occurred in 1883.
Henry S. Anderson grew to manhood on the home farm and worked hard when a boy and under his father gained a knowledge of agriculture that stood him well in hand in later life. He received his education in the rural schools of his district, and when a young man took up farming for himself. He was born reared within a mile of the old homestead of his maternal grandfather, Mr. Hazelton having entered the place from the government and developed it. Our subject has lived on his present farm twenty-nine years. It consists of one hundred and sixty acres of productive and valuable land, on which he has made such improvements as were needed to make it the equal of any in the vicinity, and here he has made a success as a general farmer and has always kept a good grade of live stock. He has a good set of buildings and keeps everything in ship-shape about the place.
Mr. Anderson has been twice married, first, to Jessie Wiley, by whom four children were born, namely: George E., who is farming in this county, married Elsie Henshaw, and they have one child, Mary; Bertha married H. B. Morton, a merchant of Brookline, this county; Ardo D., who is engaged in farming in Greene county, married Leota Pickering; Maud married Frank Blanton, a farmer of Brookline township, and they have two children. The death of our subject's first wife occurred in 1890, and he subsequently married on October 28, 1894, Mary C. McCullough, of Christian county, Missouri, and a daughter of William F. McCullough, a farmer. To this second union three children have been born, namely: Earl R., born in 1895, lives at home; Lynn T., born in 1903, is also with his parents; Claude died in infancy.
Politically, Mr. Anderson is a Republican. Fraternally, he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America.
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