Wm. S. Anderson An Aged Citizen Answers Summons

William S. Anderson, an aged and highly respected citizen of this community, died at his home four miles north of Astoria, Saturday, after an illness of several months duration.

Mrs. Anderson came to Astoria, Saturday, to do some shopping, leaving her husband alone. While he was not feeling well, yet his condition was not thought to be serious. He remarked that he was feeling very good and advised her to go. She did so, leaving him sitting near the range stove. When she returned, she found him lying on the floor, unconscious. She immediately summoned a physician, but when he arrived he found that he had passed away.

The deceased came to Astoria in 1881 from Rushville and engaged in the harness making business. He worked for more than sixty years at the harness bench.

While in Rushville he served in the capacity of township assessor and since coming to Astoria he served as city alderman, township clerk and trustee of the Astoria cemetery.

Mr. Anderson held the respect of a large acquaintance. He was known for his honesty, frankness and industry.

William Spargus Anderson, son of Daniel and Caroline Anderson, was born in Rushville, November 16th, 1844 and died September 13th, aged 78 years, 9 months and 28 days.

Mr. Anderson grew to manhood in Rushville, where early in life he learned the trade of harness making, which trade he followed up until a few weeks before his fatal illness. On July 25, 1866, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Kinney and to them five children were born, four of whom survive, Mrs. Carrie McLelland having preceded him in death two years ago. Mrs. Anderson died about twelve years ago. The children surviving are: Gus of Abingdon; Mrs. Nell Hartley of Galva; Robert and Mrs. Mayme Richardson of Astoria. Two sisters also survive: Mrs. Bell Tharp and Miss May Anderson of Rushville.

Mr. Anderson was united in marriage the second time, May 8, 1913, to Norah J. Leezer of Rushville, who also survives him. He was a member of the M. E. church, having united with them several years ago and although not a regular attendant, always aimed to live so by his fruits you might know him and leaves a host of friends to mourn his departure. He was also a member of Astoria lodge of Oddfellows, having just a short time ago, received from Grand Lodge an emblem for being one of five oldest Oddfellows in the state of Illinois, having been a member for over fifty years and of which he was very proud.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the residence, Rev. L. A. Crown officiating and was in charge of Astoria Lodge I. O. O. F. Interment in Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Search Light on 9/19/1923


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