Taken from "Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County", published in 1901
This gentleman is one of the many young men on whom will rest the responsibility of the future prosperity of Huntington county, Indiana, and from all indications he will be a credit to the community, as he is industrious and energetic to a marked degree and gives promise of future power and usefulness. He was born January 27, 1876, and is a son of John and "Polly" Anderson, both of whom were known in this county since their childhood.
Mrs. "Polly" Anderson was born in Highland county, Ohio, in 1844, her parents being George W. and Margaret Garner, natives of the same county. The family consisted of ten children, and as there was but one boy, Polk Garner, in the number, the services of "Polly" were required to help clear the timber from the family home, which was entered in Van Buren township, Grant county, during its earliest history, and it was no uncommon thing to see the bright, young girl at work day after day, piling and burning the brush or making a full hand in the harvest field. The life of the pioneer was filled with toil and difficulties, but mingled with it were many pleasant events which made it enjoyble and attractive. The work brought out all the latent energies of the settler and strengthened his character, broadening his intellect and aiding in his development, at the same time the country was developing. Outdoor work was a pleasure to Mrs. Anderson, and she grew into a comely, buxom lass, who could, with equal dexterity and skill, care for the house and get up a good, appetizing meal, or take the place of a man in the field. She was popular among the young folks, and it was a matter of small surprise among her friends when she singled out from her many admirers John Anderson, who became her husband. Mr. Anderson's parents had come from Ohio during the administration of President Van Buren and secured from him a grant patent to a tract of land in Jefferson township, Huntington county, Indiana, which became the family home. John Anderson was one of the brave men who went to the front when their country was threatened with dissolution, his command being assigned to the Seventeenth Army Corps, in which he served nine months. He passed to his reward in 1892, leaving many friends to sympathize with the afflicted family. Mrs. Anderson continues to make her home on the farm, and since the death of her husband has erected a fine, commodious barn on her premises. She has always been accustomed to hard work and still accomplishes a surprisingly large amount, both in the house and field, and is regarded by her neighbors as a remarkable woman. She holds a membership in the Methodist Episcopal church at Pleaasant Plain and is held in general esteem.
Edward Anderson was the only son of his parents and attended the country schools during his younger years, acquiring a practical knowledge of the common school branches. He is a model son and makes his home with his mother, assisting her in the management and care of the farm. Too much praise can not be given him for the industry and discretion which has marked his career, the judgment displayed by him being far beyond his years, and proclaiming him far above the average in business capacity. The Andersons have been affiliated with the Democratic party and Edward is no exception. He is a young man of integrity and worth and stands high in the community.