Volume 5, Number 4, Summer 1974
Lucille Adams Anderson, newly elected president of the White River Valley Historical Society, founded the Christian County Library in 1954 and served as its librarian.
Lucille Adams studied two years at Drury College in Springfield. She could not wait for a college degree to begin to write so became the second woman hired to a Springfield newspaper staff. That was in 1917 on the Springfield Republican. In 1919 she married the editor, Nels E. Anderson.
Later Mr. Anderson served as Vice Consul for the U.S. State Department in Greece. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson lived in Greece during the Red and White Russian Revolution. On their return to America, Mr. Anderson soon became managing editor of the St. Louis Star-Times. Mrs. Anderson became literary editor and general reporter for the same paper.
Lucille Adams Anderson returned to Springfield in 1937. She served as advertising manager at Heers until 1954 when she came to Ozark to found the Christian County Library.
The White River Valley Historical Society finds interest in the fact that Mrs. Anderson has insisted that the County Library buy all available material written by anybody about this Southwest Missouri area. She headed a committee that gathered information and assembled a book when Christian County celebrated its first Century. We all suspect that everyone but Mrs. Anderson will say that "The First One Hundred Years of Christian County" is Mrs. Andersons book.
This year Mrs. Anderson retired from the job of Librarian of the Christian County Library. The WRVHS knows that Mrs. Anderson will give the same loyalty and good work to the aims and pleasures of the Society as she gave to the county library now housed in a building of its own and holding more than a thousand volumes.
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