EMMETT F. ANDERSON. - Among the representative citizens of Wyandotte county, Kansas, is Emmett F. Anderson, who is one of the most prominent of those engaged in Kansas City's important industry, the live stock business. In the legitimate channels of trade he has won the success which always crowns well directed labor, sound judgment and untiring perseverance and at the same time he has concerned himself with the affairs of the community in an admirably public spirited way.
Emmett F. Anderson was born in Belleville, Illinois, July 15, 1867, and was the third child in a family of nine, three of whom are deceased. The parents of this large and interesting family were William M. Anderson and his wife Rachel, whose maiden name was Ramsey. When Emmett was quite young his father moved to St. Louis and there engaged in the live stock commission business. In 1885 he removed to Kansas City, Kansas, and accepted a position as buyer for the Kansas City Packing Company, with which he continued until his demise, in 1911. He was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and also of the National Union. He was heartily in sympathy with Republican principles but did not take any very active part in politics.
Emmett F. Anderson attended the public school of Belleville, but before he was graduated his father removed to Kansas City. Rather than finish his course in a new school, with new surroundings and new associates, he decided not to go to school any more, but such deficiency as his education may have presented he has more than made up by subsequent study. At the age of eighteen he began to work for the Kansas City Packing Company and was with them for a year and a half. He was very happy to realize his ambition to follow in the footsteps of his father in the matter of an occupation and his subsequent success has proved his judgment in this to be of the best. He left the employ of the Kansas City Packing Company and has since been engaged independently in the live stock business, buying and selling stock on an extensive scale. Mr. Anderson is also interested in the agricultural development of the county and owns a valuable farm some four miles west of the city, upon which he makes his home, coming into the city each day. He supervises the management of his farm and he is successful in this as well as in his operations in the Live Stock Exchange.
On the 8th day of June, 1892, Mr. Anderson laid the foundation of an independent household by marriage, his chosen lady being Miss Edith Hall. Mrs. Anderson is a life long resident of Kansas City, which was the scene of her birth. She is the daughter of Edward and Marie (Cleveland) Hall, both of whom reside in Kansas City, Kansas, and she is their only surviving daughter. Mr. Hall is a carpenter by trade and his politics are Republican in tendency. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson share their delightful home with two children, Edna, a high school student; and Emmett, Jr.
Mr. Anderson is a member of Wyandotte Lodge, No. 3, Free and Accepted Masons, and Caswell Consistory, No. 5 and his are the ideals of moral and social justice and brotherly love for which the order stands. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias, Fellowship Lodge, No. 1; to the Horn and Hoof Club and to other societies. For a number of years he was treasurer of the Traders' Live Stock Exchange. He gives his support to Republican principles and is the active friend of good government.
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