Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
ANDERSON, L. S. - It would be difficult to state just how much has been accomplished by photography in the last four or five decades, to say how much nearer it has brought the peoples of the world together, to give its real educational value or to say what an important position those who are engaged in this profession hold. In the family circle, however, the photographer is an important personage, and he is generally held in real affection by those who have first been carried to him in arms to be photographed in their baby clothes, late proudly stand before him in their bridal garments, and still later take to him, as they themselves had been taken, their offspring, to put down in print the record of the today that will never come again. L. S. Anderson, one of the best-known photographers of Springfield, who still occupies the same stand that he first took when locating in the city, was born April 30, 1847, in New York State, a son of Rev. Lewis and Susan (Pratt) Anderson
Rev. Lewis Anderson was a minister of the Methodist Church, who came to Illinois in 1852, and for the last years of his life resided in Rockford, where he was pastor of the Methodist Church, and where his death occurred at the advance age of eighty years.
L. S. Anderson secured his education in the schools of Rockford, where he resided until twenty years of age and then went to Chicago where he learned the trade of photographer, working in that city for two years. In 1872 he came to Springfield and began work for Charles Payne, but soon engaged in business on his own account, and with the exception of two years he has occupied his present location on the north side of the Square. He has been very successful since coming to Springfield, now has one of the largest photographic studios in Central Illinois, and commands patronage for miles around. He is a member of Navarre Lodge No. 142, Knight of Phythias, of which he is Past Chancellor, and he has also served in the Grand Lodge. His politics are those of the Republican party and his religious faith that of the Methodist Church.
On September 13, 1875, Mr. Anderson was married in Springfield, Ill., to Miss Sadie E. Bartram, who was born in Springfield February 6,1858. Mrs. Anderson's father was a soldier during the Civil War, being First Lieutenant of his company, and his death occurred shortly after the close of the hostilities. Four children have been born to Mr. And Mrs. Anderson, namely: George C. aged thirty-five years, in the employ of the Springfield Utility Company, married Hattie Arkles, of Chicago, and they have one son Norbert; Mrs. Hermione McConnell, aged twenty-three years; Harold L. Anderson, aged twenty-one years, second operator of the Anderson Studio, married Mabel M. Clouser of Spalding, Ill.; Susie Mae Anderson age eighteen years. The family is well and favorably in Springfield social circles.