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Illustrated Doniphan County 1837 – 1916:

Supplement to The Weekly Kansas Chief

Troy, Kansas, April 6, 1916 Reprinted May 1984 F687.D6I45

Oliver M. Anderson is one of Doniphan County’s substantial citizens who has reduced farming to a scientific basis with the greatest possible success.

About two miles from Purcell, and an equal distance from Huron, the Anderson farm stands about as one of the beauty spots in Doniphan County. It is splendidly improved ad is a lasting monument to the ability and industry of the owner.

Mr. Anderson is a close student of al matters pertaining to the proper cultivation of the soil, and his scientific methods, coupled with energy and enterprise, have been prime factors in making his place one of the most productive in Union Township or Doniphan County. Recognized among his neighbors and throughout the county is a many with the most intelligent conception of scientific farming, his progressive methods have been regarded by the best results.

The Anderson farmstead is the personification of thrift and prosperity and on every hand there are unmistakable evidences that the owner is possessed with the most modern ideas. The farm home is an ideal residence and contains everything requisite to promote comfort and insure happiness.

Oliver M. Anderson was born in Boone county, Indiana, on the 24th of January, 1862, occurred the birth of Oliver Morton Anderson, and to him was given the name of Indiana's famous war governor. His father is Thomas F. Anderson, of Union township, Doniphan county, who was born in Warren county, Ohio, May 9, 1818. The paternal grandfather of our subject, Hiram Anderson, was born on the north branch of the Potomac river, in Maryland, in the year 1788. He was a farmer and shoemaker, and after following that pursuit throughout an active business career, his life's labors were ended in death, in 1853.

Oliver M. Anderson was brought to Doniphan county, Kansas during his early boyhood, and was here reared and educated, enjoying the privileges afforded by the public schools. He has made farming his life's work, and through his well directed efforts has gained a comfortable competence. "Agriculture is the most healthful, the most useful and the most noble employment of men," said Washington, and the truth of the fact remains the same today as when it was uttered by the father of his country.

It requires ability of no mean order to successfully conduct a farm, for there is a demand of knowledge of the rotation of crops, of the needs of the different products, and an unabating industry and enterprise whereby to put into actual use one's information on these subjects. The well improved farm owned and cultivated by Mr. Anderson is an indication that our subject ranks among the leading agriculturists of the community.

He also has been twice married. He wedded Miss Amy M. Newcomb, of Independence, Iowa, February 2, 1887, who died July 31, 1892. Three children were born to Mrs. Anderson, who died in infancy. On July 22, 1896, Mr. Anderson was joined in wedlock to Rebecca Orem, of Baileyville, Kansas. Mrs. Anderson was born in Doniphan county, October 20, 1865, and has been the mother of two children: Orem Oliver and Mary Clarissa.

Her father was W. J. Orem, born January 8, 1836, in Dorchester county, Maryland, and is of English and Scotch lineage. He came to Doniphan county, September 1, 1857, and for years took an active part in the politics of the county, being a representative sent to the state legislature from that county. He is also an active advocate of the Soul Sleepers' faith. Mrs. Anderson's mother, Mary, nee Haggard, was born in Madison county, Ohio, June 27, 1846 and died in Doniphan county, Kansas, July 10, 1871 and was of English descent.

Our subject and wife enjoy the friendship of a large circle of friends and acquaintances near Purcell, Doniphan county, where they have so long resided, and deserve mention among the representative residents of this locality.