From a Shawano paper, July 1, 1943: August M. Anderson pioneer logger dies
August M. Anderson, 86, widely known logger and prominent Shawano
citizen, passed away at midnight on Tuesday, June 29, at his home on
South Franklin street. Last year Mr. Anderson
underwent an operation in Chicago from which he nicely recovered and it
was not until February of this year that his health began to fail. He
can be considered probably the last of the old “pioneer loggers.”
A resident of this city since his youth, Mr. Anderson had spent a
lifetime in the logging industry. He was one of the best known logging
figures in this area. He was born in Sweden, February 10, 1857, the
son of Peter Anderson. When he was 12 years old he came to this country
and for a short time lived at Primrose, Wisconsin. From there he came
to Mosling and lived in and around the Pulcifer country until he came
to Shawano. As a young man he worked for Charles Magee, Sr. In 1881 he
married Martha Magee, who preceded him in death in October, 1939.
Mr. Anderson was connected with practically every important business
institution and civic organization in Shawano. He was one of the
stockholders of the Wolf River Paper and Fiber Company, of the old
Raddant Brewing Company, the Schweers Garage, the First National Bank,
and many other businesses which played a part in the building of
Shawano. In later years Mr. Anderson’s interest
was divided between logging and farming. He owned several farms and
took special interest in his Red Springs Ranch. He was proud of the
fact that he had worked since he was 12 years old. It can truly be said
of him that he was a self-made man. Mr.
Anderson’s logging interests extended to every part of northern
Wisconsin and throughout northern Michigan. He was a hard worker. Up to
last summer he made regular trips to his farms, driving the car himself
and even lending a hand with the work when the occasion arose. He could
swim as well as any youngster and especially enjoyed that sport.
He was of a quiet nature, never missing an opportunity to do a good
turn or to show friendliness or a kindness. His part in the building of
our city was an important one and one that will always be honored.
Mr. Anderson was a member of the First Presbyterian church. He was a
charter member of the Shawano County Historical Society to which he
gave valued assistance. Survivors are three sons
and four daughters. They are: Charles, James, Rayfield (Dud), all of
Shawano; Ethel, Mrs. S. S. Long, Shawano; Beatrice, Mrs. A. R. Bokel,
Shawano; Bernice, Mrs. H. T. Nolan, Appleton; and Florence, Mrs. J. C.
Youmans, St. Paul, Minn., and one sister, Mrs. Mary Boxile, of Wausau. Funeral
services will be conducted at the spacious Anderson home Friday
afternoon at 2:30. The Rev. Garth Gee will officiate and interment will
be to Woodlawn cemetery. The body was taken from the Karth Funeral Home
this afternoon to the Anderson home.