Biography of Charles G. Anderson

Charles G. Anderson is a member of the firm known as the Anderson Lumber Company of Coal City, is rightly numbered among the most aggressive business men of Grundy County. He was born at Braceville, Ill., January 26, 1872, a son of Frederick and Johanna Anderson, natives of Sweden who came to Braceville, Ill., in 1866. There the father became a successful mining contractor, thus continuing until he was accidentally killed in the mines, March 7, 1887. His widow survives, making her home in Kansas. They had three children: John, Charles G., and Axel.

Charles Gordon Anderson attended the schools of Braceville, and worked as a drives in the mines at that point. Later he was placed in control of a butchering business at Central City, Ill. He then became a general contractor being engaged along these lines until he founded his present business in partnership with his brother, Axel, the firm being dealers in lumber and builders’ supplies, and doing an extensive business all over the county.

On October 22, 1902, Charles G. Anderson married Sarah Willis, born October 21, 1872, in England, and they have had four children: Fred, born August 31, 1903; Sarah, born August 14, 1904, died May 27, 1907; Gordon, born October 16, 1906; and Charlie, born April 26, 1910. The Methodist Church holds his membership. Fraternally he is a Mason and belongs also to the Modern Woodmen of America, and his wife is a member of the Fraternal Reserves and the Eastern Star. Mr. Anderson is a staunch Democrat. He has been tax collector of Braceville Township for two years, and supervisor of the same township for one term. An energetic man, he gives to the administration of public offices the same conscientious care that he does to his private affairs, and consequently has rendered very valuable service to his township.

Source: History of Grundy County, Illinois. Chicago, IL, USA: Munsell Publishing, 1914, p. 754.

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