G. H. Anderson.The Salt City has many enterprises and institutions of which she may justly be proud, and has many prominent citizens whose initial enterprise and ability have traced the name of the prosperous and progressive city of Hutchinson on the map in bold-face type as one of the great commercial centers of the plains. Few, if any, of these men have been more successful in their chosen vocations than Mr. Anderson. In 1903 he bought a small furniture stock of J. O. Chappel, who had conducted a furniture busines[sic] on a small scale for about a year. The value of the stock at that time did not exceed $800, and from this small beginning has developed the great G. H. Anderson Furniture Company, which is the largest retail furniture house in western Kansas. The first home of the establishment was one small store room, located on Main street, just north of the present location, Nos. 23 and 25 South Main street. Within a short time the business began to grow and the old quarters were found too small to accommodate the increasing stock which Mr. Anderson carried, and in 1909 he moved into the fine three-story building now used by the firm. It has a frontage of forty feet and is 150 feet deep. The offices and magnificent show rooms occupy the first floor; the second floor is also devoted to show rooms and a carpet department, while the third floor is used for ware-room purposes, for assembling rooms, and the repair department. The company is prepared to completely furnish a home with every possible article and utensil, and carries one of the most exclusive stocks of furniture to be found west of the Missouri river. During the successful development of the business Mr. Anderson remained sole owner, but in the fall of 1911 he sold a half-interest to Charles H. Anderson, who has since become the active manager. G. H. Anderson devotes much of his time to his other bsuiness[sic] interests, which demand his personal supervision. But notwithstanding his wide interests in the business world he has never lost touch with the details of the great retail institution which reached its high state of development and proportion under his guiding hand and by his personal direction. Although engrossed in the busy life of a successful mercantile career he has ever taken a keen interest in matters pertaining to the welfare and upbuilding of the city, and is ready to aid in every manner worthy enterprises brought to his notice. He is regarded as one of Hutchinson's most worthy and substantial citizens, of whom she is justly proud.Pages 372-373 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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