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ANDERSON, Milam R.
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. II,
Pesented by Nancy Rayburn
page 324, 1923.
ANDERSON, MILAM R., druggist and former mayor of Lake Wales, has lived in Florida since early
childhood, and was one of the early business men to establish himself in the community of
Lake Wales, where he has shown the utmost progressiveness in looking after his own affairs
and in promoting the interests of the city.
Mr. ANDERSON was born at Russellville, in Lawrence County, Illinois, May 30, 1883. His grandfather,
RAUS ANDERSON, was killed at Vicksburg while serving in the Federal Army during the Civil
war. He was of Scotch ancestry. FRANK ANDERSON, father of MILAM R., was born in Ohio, and
as a young man went to Illinois and in 1885 came to Florida, locating at Bartow, where for
many years he was engaged in the drug business and subsequently became interested in farming
and fruit growing. He and his wife now live at Lake Wales. He married EVELINA MILAM, a native
of Indiana, born near Vincennes. They had three sons: MILAM R.; HARRY, a native of Bartow
and in the drug business in that city; and FRANK, who was also born in Florida, and is connected
with an abstract office in Bartow.
MILAM R. ANDERSON was three years of age when brought to Bartow, graduated from the high
school of that city, and at once engaged in the drug business. For twelve years he was in
business at Jacksonville, and on October 1, 1915, established himself at Lake Wales. This
was then a small town with only a few homes and a few stores. He has built up a prosperous
establishment, and is also owner of orange grove interests. Mr. ANDERSON was the first mayor
of Lake Wales, chosen in June 1918, and was elected for four successive terms. He was in
office until June, 1922.
October 12, 1904 he married Miss JANE HANKINS, of Bartow, member of one of the pioneer families
of Florida. She was born at Madison in this state, but was reared and educated in Bartow.
They have three children, M. ROSS, HARRY LOUIS and DOMARIS. Mr. ANDERSON is a Knight Templar
Mason and Shriner, and is a past master of Lake Wales Lodge No. 242, F. and A. M.
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