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A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
GEORGE A. ANDERSON, Page County attorney, with offices at Clarinda, was
born in Creston, Iowa, in January, 1880, and has been a popular citizen of
Page County since early manhood, climbing, through his own exertions and hard
work, to a commanding position at the bar.
His parents, A. G. and Christine (Oak) Anderson, were born in Sweden, and
his mother came with her parents to Creston, Iowa, in 1869, and his father
came to this state about 1866. A. G. Anderson was a machinist and for many
years was in the service of the Burlington Railway Company. He died about
1904. The widowed mother lives with her only son, Mr. George Anderson. She
is a charter member of the Creston Lutheran Church. The father was a
Republican in politics.
George A. Anderson attended the Creston High School, graduated from a
business college at Omaha, and he dug out his own legal education studying and
working during every leisure hour for several years, until he won admission
to the bar in 1914. Mr. Anderson was a law student under L. H. Mattox at
Shenandoah. For six years he served as county clerk of Page County and since
his admission to the bar has given four years of his time to the duties of
county attorney, but otherwise he has had his time and abilities fully
employed in his law practice. He is a member of the page County and Iowa State
Bar Associations, is a Republican, and member of the Masonic fraternity,
and is treasurer of the Presbyterian Church at Clarinda.
He married in 1915 Miss Edna Hawkins, who was born at Stanton, Iowa, and
was educated there and in a business college at Omaha. Before her marriage
she was chief clerk of the Berry Seed Company of Clarinda. They have three
children, Ruth, born in 1918, Martha and Marilyn, twins, born in 1922.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
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