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George Frederick Anderson

 

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Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

Acquired and preserved by Charles E. Frohman the George Frederick Anderson scrapbook is part of the Charles E. Frohman Great Lakes Collection.

Biographical Sketch

George Frederick Anderson, son of George J. Anderson, was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1860. He attended Kenyon College at Gambier, Ohio, graduating B.A. in 1882. Anderson returned to Sandusky, finding employment at the Third National Bank. Following his father's death, Anderson took over the senior Anderson's brokerage and real estate firm. In 1891, Anderson married Mary Kingsbury West. Intelligent and exceptionally talented in the field of music, George Anderson enjoyed a wide range of interests including: stamp collecting, sailing, reading, and composing. A superior musician, Anderson frequently played the cello in local musical groups. In 1908, Anderson formed the Sandusky Philharmonic Orchestra, acting as its conductor. A successful composer, Anderson wrote instrumental, vocal, and piano arrangements. Purchased by publishers, Anderson's work was performed by numerous professional groups nationally. For many years, Anderson served as the choir director and organist of the Grace Church in Sandusky. A passionate sailor, Anderson purchased the Eva, a thirty-two foot yacht, which he successfully sailed in the most difficult of the Great Lakes races. An active member of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association, Anderson was elected its commodore in 1899. He was instrumental in revitalizing the association, increasing race entries and the number of races held each year on Lake Erie. Anderson also actively supported the Sandusky Yacht Club and became part-owner of the Davis Boat Works. Anderson died in 1937, leaving his wife and a daughter, Marjorie Anderson.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a single forty-plus page scrapbook that chronicles the life, interests, and activities of George Frederick Anderson (1860-1937) of Sandusky, Ohio. The scrapbook contains news clippings, photographs, letters, documents, and programs from the mid 1860's until Anderson's death in 1937. Of particular note are the many photographic images of Anderson, including a group portrait of the Kenyon College graduating class of 1882 as well as Anderson's yacht, the Eva, turn-of-the-century images of the Sandusky Sailing Club, sailing on Lake Erie; and Inter-Lake Yachting Association activities.

Inventory

Scrapbook: Mid-1860 to 1937

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