Historical Images of Porter County

Emil Anderson Residence
Porter, Indiana

Date: Circa 1920
Source Type: Photograph
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Unknown
Postmark: Not applicable
Collection: Gordon D. Rogers
Remark: Emil Anderson's home was located at 100 Lincoln Street in Porter, Indiana.

The following is a biography of Emil Anderson taken from Cannon, Loring, and Robb's 1927 book (pp. 501-502) concerning the history of the Calumet Region on Indiana:

- Emil Anderson is one of the owners of the firm known as Wannegar and Anderson, of Porter, Indiana, which occupies a distinctive place in this community, it being the only concern handling a line of lumber, coal, coke and building material. Prior to this activity Mr. Anderson had a diversified business experience. He was born in Chesterton, Indiana, on May 10, 1888, the son of Charles F. and Emma (Sederberg) Anderson, both of whom were of Swedish nativity and came to America shortly after their marriage. They located in Chesterton in 1881 and to them were born the following children: Charles W.; Hilma; J. A.; Emil; Esther, the wife of Alex Carlson; Anna, wife of Arthur Pillman; Jennie, who is now Mrs. Bryan Sewall of Gary; and Emma, the wife of John Charlesworth. Emil Anderson attended the Chesterton schools and on the completion of his studies he secured work as a grocery clerk and later served in the Gary steel mills. In 1920 he decided to come to Porter and in that year he engaged in the lumber and coal business in this town. While the nucleus of the business was modestly substantial, it was a firm foundation upon which has since been developed the present business. The firm occupies not only a singular place in the community, but also enjoys a wide measure of popularity due to the very evident fairness and good business methods used by those who direct it. On the organization of the company Frank Wannegar became a partner, and it has since been conducted as it was on its organization. Mr. Anderson married Bertha, the daughter of Frank and Alice (Czizek) Wannegar, of Porter, Indiana, the father being the partner in the firm. To this union was born one child, Dorothy May, a student in the Porter schools. Mr. Anderson belongs to a number of organizations and has probably been more active in promoting the interests of the Chamber of Commerce than any other body, but nevertheless he has found time to divert his attention to general matters of civic interest.

Source: Cannon, Thomas H., H. H. Loring, and Charles J. Robb. 1927. History of the Lake and Calumet Region of Indiana Embracing the Counties of Lake, Porter and Laporte. Volume II. Indianapolis, Indiana: Historians' Association. 827 p.

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