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ANDERSON, Edward K.
Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. II pg.
Pesented by Nancy Rayburn
ANDERSON, EDWARD K. The progressiveness and correct methods that ever
make for substantial success in business affairs have been effectively shown
by Mr. ANDERSON in the upbuilding of his substantial and prosperous mercantile
business at Auburndale, Polk County, and he is interested also in the citrus
fruit industry in this section of the county.
Mr. ANDERSON was born at Waynesboro, Fairfield County, South Carolina,
February 23, 1875, and is a representative of old and honored families of that
commonwealth. He is a son of THOMAS and EUGENIA (WILLIAMS) ANDERSON, both
natives of South Carolina, whence the father went forth as a gallant soldier
of the confederacy in the Civil war, he having been captain of his company and
having led the same in many engagements. JAMES ANDERSON, father of Captain
ANDERSON, was a native of Scotland and was one of the substantial citizens of
South Carolina at the time of his death. The maternal grandfather of the
subject of this sketch served as colonel of a South Carolina Confederate
regiment in the Civil war.
EDWARD K. ANDERSON, third in a family of five children, of whom only
two are living, gained his early education in the schools of his native place
and was an ambitious youth of eighteen years when he came to Florida and first
settled at Gainesville. For a time he was a traveling commercial salesman,
and thereafter he was engaged about ten years in the mercantile and cotton
business at High Springs, Alachua County. In 1915 he established his home at
Auburndale, where he has since built up a large and prosperous general
mercantile business. His investment in orange groves in this section of
Florida totals fully $50,000, all of this property being in Polk County, and
he has interest in other groves, besides being a bank stockholder. His modern
and attractive residence property at Auburndale stands as one of the finest
homes in Polk County. He has never had any desire for public office but is
loyally aligned in the ranks of the democratic party. He and his family hold
membership in the Presbyterian Church, and he is affiliated with the Masonic
fraternity, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America.
In the year 1900 Mr. ANDERSON wedded Miss RHEA LAIRD, of Port Royal,
Pennsylvania, and they have three children: EUGENIA, who is, in 1922, a
student in Rollins College at De Land (sic); EDWARD K., Jr., a student in
Clemson College, South Carolina; and LAIRD, a student in the Auburndale High
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