William Arvel Franklin Anderson

#5769, b. 2 Jan 1896, d. 7 Sep 1970
Last Edited:17 Jan 2017
FatherThomas Jefferson Anderson1 b. 13 Feb 1873, d. 21 Feb 1951
MotherMary Jane Mingus1 b. 2 Jun 1873, d. 29 Aug 1959

Children of William Arvel Franklin Anderson and Trella Marie Barnhisel

Outline of Life Events:

OccupationRev. Anderson was a Baptist minister for most of his life. He also was a professor at William Jewell college. To help make ends meet for his large family during the depression, he worked a small family farm, as well as a family newspaper.
BirthWilliam Arvel Franklin Anderson was born on 2 Jan 1896 at Grove Springs, Wright County, MO.2,1
Census1900, sonHe was enumerated as the son of Tom J. Anderson (given age 27) on the 1900 Census at Sugar Creek Township, Barry County, MO.3
Census1910, sonArvell Anderson (given age 14) was enumerated as the son of Thomas Anderson (given age 37) on the 1910 Census, living at Union Township, Wright County, MO. His occupation was farm laborer.4
MarriageArvel Franklin Anderson married first Lula Fay Champlin, daughter of Riley S. Champlin and Callie D. (--?--), on 12 Apr 1917 at Carroll County, AR.5
DraftRegArvel Franklin Anderson was required to register for the first draft of World War I, held on 5 Jun 1917. At that time, he was living in Urbanette, Carroll County, AR. His occupation was farming, and he supported a wife. He was described as being of medium height and build, with brown eyes and black hair.2
Census1920, son-in-lawArvile F. Anderson (given age 23) was enumerated as a son-in-law of Riley S. Champlain (given age 50) on the 1920 Census, living at Pine Township, Stove County, MO. His wife Lula was present with him. He worked as a minister.6
DivorceWilliam Arvel Franklin Anderson and Lula Fay Champlin were divorced in 1924.1
Marriage LicenseArvel Franklin Anderson and Trella Marie Barnhisel obtained a marriage license on 24 Dec 1924 at Fulton County, IN.1
MarriageArvel Franklin Anderson married second Trella Marie Barnhisel, daughter of Charles Wesley Barnhisel and Ruth Anna Morgan, on 25 Dec 1924 at Rochester, Fulton County, IN. Daniel S. Perry, Minister, officiated.1
Census1930Arvel F. Anderson (given age 34) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1930 census, living at 1411 South Edith Street at Chanute, Neosho County, KS. Also living in the house was his wife Trella Anderson (given age 26), his son(s) Orvel and Charles T., his daughter(s) Nata Ann. They rented their home for $13 per month. His occupation was given as Minister of the Baptist church.7
ResidenceIn 1936, Arvel F. Anderson and his wife, Trella, lived at 1028 East 16th Street in Pittsburg, Crawford County, KS. He worked as a laborer.8
Census1940Arvel Anderson (given age 44) was enumerated on the 1940 census as the head of a household, living at 1028 East Sixteenth at Pittsburg, Crawford County, KS. Also living with him was his wife, Trella Anderson (given age 36), his son(s) Arvel, Thomas, David and James. Arvel had completed 4 years of college education. He was employed by the government in public emergency work as a Junior Recreation Leader for State Wide Recreation. He was employed for 40 weeks in 1939, earning $444 that year. Trella had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed in the home.9
DeathArvel Franklin Anderson died at age 74 of a heart attack on 7 Sep 1970 in Independence, Montgomery County, KS.10
BurialHe was buried at Longton Cemetery in Longton, Elk County, KS.


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