Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
ANDERSON T. MOORE. One of Springfield's representative business men of a past generation was the late Anderson, T. Moore, for many years a well known traveling salesman, later a successful merchant on Commercial street. He was a busy and enterprising man, one of the kind that can be relied upon as a helpful citizen. His was a kind of life that does not attract especial attention for any picturesque quality or daring deeds, having been led along prosaic lines of useful endeavor, but was of the kind that goes to make up the continuous achievements of humanity, and his example was no doubt imitated by others, for many admire a life like his in preference to a quiet, unobtrusive, yet withal, useful and, successful one, and when he passed away regret was freely expressed on every hand by the many who knew and admired him as a man of affairs, a neighbor and citizen.
Mr. Moore was born in Waterloo, Monroe county, Illinois, June 5, 1857, where he was reared and received a good practical education in the public schools. He came to Springfield, Missouri, in the early eighties, and for twenty-eight years he was a commercial traveler, giving the firms which he represented every degree of satisfaction and becoming popular with the trade in his territory; in fact, few traveling men were better known in southwestern Missouri, for nearly three decades is a long time for one to travel, and during such a long period one would necessarily meet a great number of people, and, being a good mixer and genial, our subject necessarily made many acquaintances and friends everywhere he went. He, finally retired from the road in 1911, and went into the dry goods business on Commercial street, Springfield, but shortly thereafter he was disabled and was not in his usual health for some three years. He understood thoroughly every phase of his business and had he not been somewhat handicapped by ill health would have made a great success as a dry goods merchant.
Mr. Moore was married on October 8, 1894, to Aetna Risser, who was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1875. She is a daughter of Daniel and Martha Risser. The father was born in Germany, from which country he emigrated to America when a child, with his parents, and the family settled in Ohio, but soon came on to Iowa, establishing their future home at Mt. Pleasant, where Mrs. Moore grew to womanhood and received her education. She is the youngest of a family of eleven children.
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Moore, named as follows: Martha, born on July 10, 1900; Helen E., born on August 25, 1907; and Thomas, born on February 12, 1911 They are all at home and attending school.
Mr. Moore was a member of the First Baptist church of Springfield for many years. His widow belongs to the Episcopal church here. He was a member of the Travelers' Protective Association and a director of the same for a number of years. Politically he was a Republican all his mature years.
Mr. Moore was summoned to his eternal rest on December 22, 1913, at the age of fifty-six years, and after a protracted illness.
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