Clay County


Jasper R. Anderson, son of Joseph and Eliza Anderson was born October 18, 1858, in Songer township, and died May 21, 1930, age 71 years, 7 months and 3 days. He spent his entire life with the exception of school days, in Songer township. He was a graduate of Valparaiso University, graduating in Teachers, Scientific and Engineering courses.

On March 14, 1888, he was united in marriage to Laura Anderson to which union two children were born Olis Clare and Elsie Fay. He is survived by his wife, both children, one brother, David, and a sister, Mrs. Welcome Anderson, besides innumerable friends. One brother and three sisters have preceded him in death. Thirty-seven years ago he united with the United Presbyterian church of Xenia Prairie and remained a faithful member until it was disorganized a short time ago. He was interested in the raising and improving of fine stock. He was a successful teacher, having taught about fifteen years. He held the office of county surveyor for several years.

His fairness, honesty and desire to always do what was right was recognized by all. He was untiring in his energy and successful in his undertakings. He was devoted to his home and friends and showed this by his unselfishness and thought for the happiness of others.

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me;
And may there be no moaning at the bar,
When I put out to sea.
Far tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face,
When I have crossed the bar.

Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.

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