A.M. Anderson Family
Source: "The Times-Recorder" of Americus, Ga.
compiled by Alan Anderson
Mar. 5,1928 "Mr. and Mrs. Ed Purvis announce the birth of a daughter, Sunday March 4, at their home on Hamp- ton street." Mar. 24,1932 Rosalie Purvis assisted in serving while Ann Gid- dings, Edna Purvis, et. al., were guests at Ann Jennings' fourth birthday party Mar. 23rd Nov. 15,1933 "Edna Purvis is suffering with typhoid fever at her home here." Nov. 27,1933 "Edna Purvis, who has been suffering with typhoid fever at her home on Barlow street, is able to be up some." Mar. 17,1934 Edna Purvis, et. al., guests at Agnes Lansford's sixth birthday party Mar. 16th Apr. 6,1934 Edna Purvis, et. al., guests at Dorothy Crandall's fifth birthday party Apr. 4th Apr. 20,1934 Marvin Giddings, James Giddings, Ann Giddings, Edna Purvis, Dot Purvis, et. al., guests at Bobby Mona- han's fifth birthday party Apr. 19th June 15,1934 First Baptist Church Daily Vacation Bible School honor roll: Beginners - Edna Purvis Aug. 23,1934 Edna Purvis, et. al., guests at Kathryn Hamilton's seventh birthday party Aug. 21st Sept 17,1934 Edna Purvis, Marvin Giddings, Jr., Jimmy Giddings, et. al., guests at Hugh Riley Arthur's fourth birthday party Sept. 15th Aug. 6,1935 Edna Purvis, et. al., guests at Martha Jim Ross' sixth birthday party Aug. 5th Mar. 24,1937 Edna Purvis, et. al., guests at Ann Jennings' ninth birthday party Mar. 23rd Apr. 30,1937 Edna Purvis, et. al., guests at Johnny Faglie, Jr's. ninth birthday party Apr. 29th June 15,1937 Edna Purvis, et. al., guests at Lillian Faglie's fourth birthday party June 14th June 26,1937 First Baptist Vacation Bible School certificates: Junior No. 1 department - Edna Purvis July 29,1937 TCN - "Celebrating her 13th birthday anniversary, Betty Bass was entertained by her mother, Mrs. O.S. Bass, with a prom party...at their home on Jackson avenue...The hostess was assisted by...Miss Edna Purvis and Mrs. J.L. Snider...Those present were: ...Spud Bass, Jr. and Bobby Snider." June 6,1941 "The Americus Junior High school closed its 1940-41 session...with the awarding of certificates...Edna Purvis received the United Daughters of the Confed- eracy Historical Essay Medal..." Mar. 17,1944 "Mrs. Ed Purvis and Miss Edna Purvis left today for Columbus, where they will join Mr. Purvis in making their home at Apartment D3, Baker Village. They formerly resided at 141 East Furlow street." Apr. 10,1945 "Mrs. Ed Purvis, Miss Edna Purvis, of Columbus, and Cpl. Lonnie Purvis, of Quantico, Va., are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Bass." Apr. 30,1945 "Miss Edna Purvis and Miss Lynn Jackson, of Colum- bus, spent the weekend with Mrs. Jimmie Bass, com- ing over for the Junior Senior prom dance." Dec. 16,1946 "Miss Edna Purvis, of Columbus, formerly of Ameri- cus, and Mr. Alfred M. Anderson were married at the home of Rev. Fowler, Baptist pastor at Bleeker, Al- abama, Saturday, December 7...The bride is the daughter of Rosalie Speer and Edgar May Purvis, of Columbus...Mr. Anderson is the son of Mr. Andrew E. Anderson and the late Mrs. Janet Beveridge Anderson of Milwaukee, who were born in...Scotland..."; "Mr. and Mrs. Alfred M. Anderson, of West Allis, Wiscon- sin, spent the weekend with relatives here. Mrs. Anderson was the former Miss Edna Purvis." May 26,1947 "Pvt. Andy Anderson, paratrooper at Fort Benning, was hurt Friday (May 23rd) while making his 52nd jump, receiving a broken back and sprained ankle. He is undergoing treatment at the hospital at Ben- ning. His wife is the former Edna Purvis, of this city." Feb. 2,1948 "BIRTHS - Pfc. and Mrs. Andy Anderson, of Columbus, announce the birth of a son, Saturday, January 30, who weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Mrs. Anderson is the former Miss Edna Purvis, of Americus." July 28,1948 "The family of Mr. and Mrs. Ed M. Purvis enjoyed a delightful family get together, Sunday, July 25, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Purvis, at Char- ing, Ga....Invited were: Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Bass and Bob, Beth and Tommy; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Rushin, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Rushin and Saranne and Miss Nan- nie Lou Speer, of Americus; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Purvis, of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Purvis and sons, Jimmy, Paul and Frankie, of Atlanta; Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Purvis and Mr. and Mrs. Andy Anderson and son, David, of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Garrett and son Ray, of Mauk, Ga.; Mrs. Lalah Garrett, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Purvis and Carroll, Jr., Garrett, Johnny and Danny, of Charing." May 3,1951 "BIRTHS - Sgt. and Mrs. Andy Anderson announce the birth of a 7 pound 3 ounce son, Wednesday, May 2, at the Fort Benning Hospital, who has been named Edgar Alan. Mrs. Anderson is the former Miss Edna Purvis, of Americus." June 22,1953 "Mr. and Mrs. Ed Purvis, Mrs. Edna Anderson and sons, David and Alan, of Columbus, Paul and Frankie Purvis, of Atlanta, spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Bass. They were joined here during the weekend by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Purvis and son, Jimmy, of Atlanta, and Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Bass and guests attended a Purvis family reunion at Con- ners Mill in Taylor County." July 13,1953 "Sgt. and Mrs. Andy Anderson and children, David and Alan, were weekend guests of her sister, Mrs. Jimmie Bass and Mr. Bass. They will leave Columbus Wednesday for Stuttgart, Germany, where Sgt. Ander- son is stationed at a nearby base. Sergeant Ander- son was recently called home because of the criti- cal illness and death of his father in Milwaukee." May 17,1954 "Alan Anderson has returned to his home in Columbus after a visit of ten weeks with his aunt, Mrs. Jim- mie Bass, while his mother, the former Edna Purvis, was a patient at Walter Reed Hospital in Washing- ton, D.C." Aug. 7,1957 "Sgt. and Mrs. Andy Anderson and children, David and Alan, of Ft. Bragg, N.C., are visiting Mrs. Anderson's mother, Mrs. Ed Purvis and Mrs. Jimmie Bass." Sept 2,1957 "Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Anderson and sons have moved to Americus from Fort Bragg, N.C. and are residing at 515 Barlow street." Jan. 27,1958 "HOSPITAL NOTES - ...admitted...Mrs. A.M. Anderson ..." Mar. 23,1962 "Mrs. Rosalie Speer Purvis, 70, of 507 Barlow St., died about 11:30 p.m. Thursday (Mar. 22nd) at the ...Hospital following an attack. A lifelong resi- dent of Sumter County, Mrs. Purvis was the daughter of the late William Henry Speer and Jennie Daniel Speer. She was the widow of Edgar M. Purvis...Sur- vivors include two daughters, Mrs. Jimmie Bass, Americus, and Mrs. A.M. Anderson, Ft. Bragg, N.C., three sons, Gilbert, Atlanta, Carroll, Charing, Ga. and Lonnie Purvis, Wilson, N.C.; one sister, Miss Nannie Lou Speer, Americus, one brother, Olin Speer Winter Haven, Fla.; 16 grandchildren, three great- grandchildren..." Apr. 3,1962 "CARD OF THANKS - The children of Mrs. E.M. Purvis wish to express their appreciation for the many acts of kindness shown them during their recent be- reavement. Special appreciation is given Dr. E.W. Waldemayer, a loyal friend and physician. Gilbert Purvis, Carroll Purvis, Mrs. Jimmie Bass, Lonnie Purvis, Mrs. A.M. Anderson." Mar. 30,1964 "SURVIVE EARTHQUAKE - Two former Americus citizens living in Alaska escaped unharmed in the earthquake ...(Mar. 27th). They are Mrs. A.M. Anderson, the former Edna Purvis, whose husband is stationed in Anchorage (sic) and Johnny Rushin, son of J.D. Rushin, of Americus. Mrs. Anderson's sister is Mrs. Jimmie Bass...who spoke with her today by tel- ephone. Rushin, who was stationed with the milita- ry in Kodiak, was evacuated to another base. Mrs. Anderson reported that the building in which her husband worked was completely destroyed, however, he was not in it at the time." Mar. 20,1965 "BIRTHS - S.Maj. and Mrs. A.M. Anderson of Ft. Richardson, Alaska announce the birth of a 6 lb. 5 oz. daughter, Mary Jo. Mrs. Anderson will be re- membered as Edna Purvis and is the sister of Mrs. Jimmie Bass." June 25,1968 "Sgt. Maj. and Mrs. A.M. Anderson and children, Alan and Mary Jo have moved to 408 Valley Dr. which they have purchased. Another son, David, remained in Tampa where he is working during the summer. Sgt. Maj. Anderson is stationed at MacDill AFB, Fla. and plans to retire next year. Mrs. Anderson is the former Edna Purvis of Americus." Oct. 25,1968 "OBITUARIES - SGT. MAJ. ANDERSON - Army Sgt. Maj. Alfred M. Anderson, 46, of Americus, who was sta- tioned at MacDill Field, Tampa, Fla., died unexpec- tedly there yesterday. He was a native of Scot- land. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Edna Purvis Anderson, 408 Valley Dr., Americus; two sons, David Anderson, Fort Benning and Alan Anderson, Americus; one daughter, Mary Jo Anderson, Americus..." Oct. 26,1968 "Funeral services for Army Sgt. Maj. Alfred M. An- derson...are planned...from Rees Park Chapel...with Rev. Ramus Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Andersonville National Cemetery with full military rites...The army sergeant was due for discharge within the next year after 26 years of service and planned to make Americus his home. He was the bro- ther-in-law of Mrs. Jimmie Bass, of Americus..." Feb. 22,1969 "9 AMERICUS HIGH STUDENTS IN SPECIAL GSC PROGRAM - ...In the Winter Quarter of 1967...more AHS stu- dents signed up...One of these, C. Russell Speer, is still a student...The eight who entered in fall 1968 include Alan Anderson...Anderson, whose family plans to move from Americus, dropped out this quar- ter...(reprinted from "Sou'wester" 2-11-69) Apr. 6,1970 "Mrs. Carroll Purvis, Mrs. Jimmie Bass and Miss Nancy Bass spent the weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida as the guests of Mrs. A.M. Anderson, going to attend the wedding of their nephew, David Ander- son to Miss Barbara Estes..."; "Miss Barbara Faye Estes became the bride of David Andrew Anderson... April 4th...bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Alfred McMillian Anderson, 1520 79th Ave. N., and the late Sgt. Major Anderson..." July 7,1973 "Lonnie Purvis of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Edna Anderson and daughter, Mary Jo, of St. Peters- burg, Fla., are visiting their sister, Mrs. Rosalie Bass and other relatives here." July 9,1974 "Mrs. Edna Anderson and daughter, Mary Jo of St. Petersburg, Fla., have moved to Americus and are temporarily staying with her sister, Mrs. Jimmie Bass." Mar. 12,1975 "Tommy Lombardo and Jeff Kuntz of St. Petersburg, spent the weekend with Alan Anderson and his moth- er, Mrs. Edna Anderson at their home on Sharon Cir- cle." May 16,1975 Alan Anderson elected SGA senator at GSW, with pho- to Sept 29,1975 "ANDERSON CHOSEN FOR SENATE INTERN PROGRAM - Alan Anderson, a senior political science major at Geor- gia Southwestern College, has been selected to par- ticipate in Senator Sam Nunn's Senate Intern Pro- gram this fall. Anderson, son of Mrs. Edna M. An- derson, 120 Sharon Circle in Americus, is already in Washington, D.C....", with photo Oct. 18,1975 "Mrs. Edna Anderson and daughter, Mary Jo have moved from Sharon Circle to the home they recently purchased at 506 Barlow Street." Dec. 1,1975 "Alan Anderson, who is interning this quarter in Sen. Sam Nunn's office, Washington, D.C., spent Thanksgiving holidays with his mother, Mrs. Edna Anderson at her home on Barlow Street." Jan. 5,1976 "Alan Anderson will leave tomorrow for Florida, where he will be coordinator for Polk County for Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign."; "Mrs. Edna Anderson and son, Alan and daughter, Mary Jo, have returned from a week's visit in Florida. They vi- sited her son, David Anderson and wife in Orlando and friends in St. Petersburg." Mar. 15,1976 "Alan Anderson, who has been coordinator of Jimmy Carter's campaign in Polk County, Florida, for sev- eral months, has returned to his home here and will continue his studies at Georgia Southwestern Col- lege."; "Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson of Orlando, Fla., spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs. Edna Anderson." Apr. 15,1976 photo of officers of GSC Young Democrats Club, with Alan Anderson, president Apr. 28,1976 photo of Alan Anderson, et. al., in presidential straw poll at GSC Aug. 9,1976 at wedding of Nancy E'Lou Bass and Robert Miles Philmon "...Miss Mary Jo Anderson distributed the rice bags..." Aug. 25,1976 "Alan Anderson has left for Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Tex., where he will attend graduate school and serve as an assistant teacher in the Political Science Department." Jan. 13,1977 "The Rt. Rev. Paul Reeves...Bishop of the...Diocese of Georgia, will administer the Order of Confirma- tion at Calvary Episcopal...Those receiving confir- mation include Mary Jo Anderson..." Jan. 14,1977 "Mrs. Edna Anderson, who has been a surgical pa- tient at the...Hospital, has been removed to her home on Barlow Street, where she is recuperating."; "Alan Anderson has returned to Southwest Texas State University after spending the holidays with his mother, Mrs. Edna Anderson." Nov. 2,1977 photo of Edna Anderson, et. al., new members of BPW Mar. 29,1978 "Alan Anderson, graduate student at Southwest Texas State University, has resumed his studies after spending Spring holidays with his mother, Mrs. Edna Anderson and sister, Miss Mary Jo Anderson." May 10,1978 "BIRTHS - Mr. and Mrs. David A. Anderson of St. Petersburg, Fla., announce the birth of a son, Al- exander William, who was born at Bayfront Hospital ...Tuesday, May 9,1978. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 8 1/2 ounces. The infant is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Davies of St. Petersburg, and Mrs. Edna Purvis Anderson and the late Sgt. Major A.M. Anderson of Americus." Aug. 10,1978 "Mrs. Rosalie Bass, Tommy Bass, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Philmon and son, Nicholas, James Haynes, Mrs. Edna Anderson and daughter, Mary Jo were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jean R. Holland, Sr., in Savannah, going to attend the wedding of Jean Roger Holland, Jr. and Reba Taylor in Bloomingdale, Ga. They were accompanied home by Mrs. Jean R. Holland, Sr." Aug. 23,1978 "Alan Anderson, son of Mrs. Edna Anderson, has com- pleted graduate work at Southwest Texas State Uni- versity and returned to Americus, where he will be on the faculty of A.H.S. in the Social Studies Dept., for the coming term." Jan. 10,1979 "HOSPITAL NOTES - Admissions: ...Edna P. Anderson, Americus..." Jan. 12,1979 "HOSPITAL NOTES - Dismissals: ...Edna P. Anderson ..." June 6,1979 at Burnette-Entrekin wedding, "...Serving as usher groomsmen...Alan Anderson..." June 12,1979 Edna Anderson, et. al., in photo of Sumter Players' awards dinner June 28,1979 "Mrs. Edna Anderson, who has been a surgical patient at the Americus and Sumter County Hospital has been moved to her home on Barlow Street, where she is recuperating." Aug. 1,1979 "BIRTHS - Mr. and Mrs. David A. Anderson of St. Petersburg, Fla., announce the birth of a son, David Andrew Anderson, Jr., Tuesday, July 31,1979. He has a brother, Andy, age 1 1/2. The infant is the grandson of Mrs. Edna Anderson of Americus and the late Sgt. Major A.M. Anderson of this city on his paternal side and his maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Davies of St. Petersburg." Oct. 16,1979 "The opening performance of "Little Red Riding Wolf" was presented...at the Sumter Players' Rees Park Theater...Little Red Riding Wolf is played by Mary Jo Anderson..." Aug. 4,1980 Edna Anderson, Mary Jo Anderson, et. al., in poli- tical ad for John Parks for District Attorney June 24,1983 photo of Edna Anderson, et. al., re History of Sum- ter County, Georgia Sept 29,1983 photo of Edna Anderson, et. al., with Sumter Play- ers at the Windsor July 24,1984 photo of Edna Anderson and Police Chief Rick Bond Nov. 5,1984 Alan Anderson letter re presidential election Nov. 19,1984 photo of Mary Jo Anderson, et. al., Madrigal Sing- ers Feb. 25,1985 "AISLE SITTING" by Mary Ann Thomas noted "...Edna Anderson, always backstage, makes a grand stage debut as the nurse..." in "Heaven Can Wait" May 7,1985 photo of GSW Chamber Singers included Mary Jo An- derson Sept 21,1985 "ANDERSON SPEAKS - The Sumter Historic Preservation Society held a general meeting Thursday night at the Lee Council House on Church Street. New socie- ty members were honored and Alan Anderson, new ar- chivist for the organization, gave an interesting and informative slide presentation on Americus in the early 1900's...", with photo Nov. 22,1985 "SHOOTIN' THE BREEZE" by Terri Blackwell noted that Mary Ann Thomas "...was assisted in compiling her presentation book (for National Tour Association convention in Reno, Nev.) by Edna Anderson..." Dec. 7,1985 photo of Alan Anderson, et. al., at Johnny Walker Day fundraiser May 19,1986 Sumter Players account noted "...we couldn't even have a production without Edna Anderson who is our stage mother, friend, confidant and arbiter of all arguments..." May 23,1986 "NEW HISTORIC COMMISSION CONDUCTS INITIAL MEET - ...members are Meda Krenson, Jim Small, Alan Ander- son, Karl Wilson, Betty Ellis, Mulkey McMichael and Mike Denham..." July 31,1986 article re city's Historic Preservation Commission comprised of Alan Anderson, et. al. Aug. 4.1986 Alan Anderson letter re Rees Park bandstand Sept 6,1986 wedding of Mary Jo Anderson and Mark Edward Simmons with photo of bride Oct. 28,1986 Alan Anderson letter re Sullivan family Apr. 8,1987 "ALAN ANDERSON TO SPEAK AT DAR MEETING TUESDAY" Apr. 16,1987 "ALAN ANDERSON SPEAKS TO DAR GROUP", with photo May 27,1987 "...Alan Anderson, a member of the Historic Preser- vation Commission, said, "I am incredulous at the short sightedness of some citizens concerning areas that once were prominent but have fallen on hard times and don't look so great anymore...We have al- ready seen a great amount of Americus' history go under asphalt. It's being eaten up in little bites over the past 30 years." Anderson related some of the history of the Finn family and again stressed the importance of preservation. "When we want to develop tourism in this area, what are we to say, "Come see our beautiful historic district or come see our asphalt?"...Anderson countered, "What Mr. Messner brings up about control concerns me. There are none so blind than those who will not see...We have to all give up a little individual freedom so that we can all live together." At that, Thomas announced, "The bell has rung, Mr. Anderson."..." July 15,1987 photo of Alan Anderson, et. al., moving trolley car from Lake Blackshear Aug. 5,1987 "LIBRARY CORNER" re microfilm printer by Alan An- derson Sept 12,1987 "TIME RUNNING OUT FOR CLIETT HOUSE - ...Alan Ander- son, a (Historic Preservation) Commission member, said, "No matter what happens, it (the house) is not going to stay there."..."I cannot agree that the (Central Baptist) church has been cooperative," Anderson said. "At times, they have been cynical by attempting to foist the house off on the city." ..." Oct. 9,1987 photo of Alan Anderson and Historic Preservation Commission Jan. 15,1988 at Historic Preservation Commission meeting re Glo- ver's Opera House, Alan Anderson presented histori- cal background data and was appointed to committee to recommend properties to add to historic district Feb. 3,1988 "PERSONALS - Alan Anderson, along with his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and Mark Simmons, have returned home after spending last weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla., visiting their brother David An- derson on the occasion of his 40th birthday." Apr. 16,1988 at Historic Preservation Commission meeting "... nominating committee...submitted...Alan Anderson for renewed term...Anderson as secretary...Anderson voiced his opinion on the Opera House as well as other historic structures. "Is one of our roles when we go out and try to preserve historically significant buildings or at least their facades? ...I feel funny sitting here...hearing people idly talking about tearing down an historic building," he said..." June 22.1988 "PERSONALS - Alan Anderson, local teacher, has re- turned from a tour of Greensboro, Eatonton, Mil- ledgeville and Macon, conducting historical re- search at the courthouses of the former towns and the Washington Library at Macon." July 20,1988 "HPC CURRENTLY OPERATING MINUS ONE BOARD MEMBER - ...Alan Anderson, whose term expired as of May 1, has not been reappointed..." Aug. 11,1988 "SIMMONS INFANT GIVEN WELCOME PARTY - Matthew Alex- ander Simmons, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sim- mons, was the honor guest at a "baby showing" at the lovely country home of Mrs. John Lane...", with photo; "PERSONALS - Alan Anderson has returned from a visit of several days with his uncle and aunt, Gilbert and Charlie Jo Purvis, at their home in At- lanta. While there, he attended a Speer family re- union that included former Leslie residents, Lota Mae Speer and C. Judson Cheves, their great-niece, Sunny Harris Smith and cousin, Harriette Speer Par- ker of Smyrna. All are descendants of the pioneer Speer family of Sumter County." Nov. 4,1988 Alan Anderson re presidential election Jan. 18,1989 "LOCAL HISTORIAN'S SEARCH FOR ROOTS FINDS FASCINA- TING FACTS ABOUT SUMTER", with photo Feb. 2,1989 "PANCAKE SUPPER SET AT CALVARY EPISCOPAL TUES.... Alan Anderson...will present the program, including a slide show of many local structures featuring public buildings, homes and churches, many of which no longer exist..." Mar. 16,1989 "The Homeowners Association of Habitat for Humanity will have a spaghetti supper...Alan Anderson...will present a film (sic) on local black history..." June 20,1989 "PERSONALS - Alan Anderson, Johnny and Beverly Bow- en and daughter Meredith, Grant Bridges, Johnny and Gay Burnette, and Mike and Gigi Mashburn have re turned from Camilla where they attended the wedding of Robert E. Walker, Jr. of Thomasville, formerly of Americus, to Pamela Mebane of San Francisco." July 5,1989 photo of Matthew Alexander Simmons on his first birthday anniversary Aug. 29,1989 "PERSONALS - Mr. and Mrs. Frank Purvis, and child- ren, Melanie and Flynt, have moved into their home here on Patton Drive, moving here from Mentone, Ala. The Purvis' are the nephew and niece of Edna Anderson and Rosalie Bass." Nov. 16,1989 Alan Anderson letter re Perry H. Oliver and naming of Americus May 22,1990 Alan Anderson letter re Alfred Samuel Staley May 30,1990 photo of Alan Anderson, with Gov. Joe Frank Harris and State School Superintendent Werner Rogers Sept 5,1990 photo of Edna Anderson, Rosalie Bass and Mary Jo Simmons at scene of train accident near Barlow St. Sept 21,1990 "The Joy Sunday School Class of Central Baptist Church recently met...Alan Anderson, a local his- torian, shared a slide presentation on the history of Americus..." Nov. 28,1990 Alan Anderson provided historical data for J.W. Southwell's marking of graves of two sheriffs bur- ied in Founder's Memorial, with photo Dec. 3,1990 "COMPANY C CARRYING ON TRADITION" by Alan Anderson Jan. 11,1991 photo of Mark Edward Simmons, Jr. on his first birthday anniversary Jan. 18,1991 "CIVIL WAR SHERIFF PRYOR TO BE HONORED" by Alan Anderson Mar. 13,1991 article re Kinnebrew Bldg. gentrification noted that "...According to Alan Anderson, local archi- vist, the Kinnebrew building was the first brick building built in Americus and the only antebellum one still standing..." Mar. 30,1991 Edna Anderson, et. al., initiated into Pilot Club of Americus Apr. 4,1991 "ALAN ANDERSON GIVES PROGRAM AT BPW" Apr. 11,1991 photo of cast of GSC's "The 1940's Radio Hour" in- cluded Mary Jo Anderson Apr. 12,1991 "AISLE SITTING" by Jane Wade noted "...Mary Jo An- derson Simmons gave us the very convincing portray- al of Ginger Brooks, the sexy and sensual star of the radio show. I thought your performance great, Mary Jo..." Apr. 19,1991 "HISTORIC SOCIETY GIVES PRESERVATION AWARDS - ... Americus historian Alan Anderson presented an in- teresting program on Victorian Americus, illustra- ting his talk with a slide presentation showing the people and places that made up Americus during that time period." May 2,1991 "THE AMERICUS TIMES-RECORDER MARKS ITS 100TH ANNI- VERSARY" by Alan Anderson May 14,1991 Leila Barrett column: "Surprise birthday - Alan Anderson...turned the big FOUR - O May 2 and to mark the occasion his mom, Edna Anderson, sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and Mark Simmons, and friend Johnny Burnette surprised Alan with a birth- day party-cookout at the Simmons' home on Barlow... Among the many guests attending was Alan's brother, David Anderson, and family who made the trip from St. Petersburg, Fla., coming especially for the occasion." May 29,1991 "AMERICUS ONCE KNOWN AS STATE'S 'WILD WEST'" by Alan Anderson July 13,1991 "SUMTER'S LIST OF 'NOTABLE ANCESTORS' MOST IMPRES- SIVE" by Alan Anderson Aug. 8,1991 "PERSONALS - Alan Anderson, and his brother-in-law, Mark Simmons, have recently returned from West Palm Beach, Fla., where they attended the 70th birthday party of the former's uncle, L.E. "Lonnie" Purvis, an Americus native..." Oct. 7,1991 "ALAN ANDERSON TALKS TO 3'LS - An interesting talk on historical family fact and presented by Alan Anderson, local historian, was among the highlights of the 3L Club meeting at Sumter County Extension building..." Nov. 14,1991 "DEATH OF CHARLES H. WHEATLEY BROUGHT END OF ERA HERE" by Alan Anderson Nov. 22,1991 "WHEATLEY FAMILY WAS ACTIVE IN BUSINESS, CHURCH, POLITICS" by Alan Anderson Dec. 7,1991 citizen interviews re Pearl Harbor Day, "...Mrs. Edna Anderson, 506 Barlow St.: I had gone to see a Jane Withers movie here in Americus. Later when I got home daddy was listening to the radio and he came in quickly and told us...Five years later on Dec. 7 I was married and lived in many parts of the world with my late husband, Andy, who died in 1968 ...Also on that wedding day five of my friends from Columbus died in the Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlan- ta. But I will be going to the wedding of my niece ...on this Dec. 7 date that has had special meaning to me." Feb. 5,1992 "Alan Anderson...presented the program at the Pilot Club of Americus meeting...guiding members of the organization on an historical tour of Americus through interesting slides and narration..." July 25,1992 "AMERICUS TURNS 160 THIS MONTH" by Alan Anderson Aug. 8,1992 "BUSINESSES CLOSE DOORS MARK END OF AN ERA HERE" by Alan Anderson Aug. 22,1992 "WILD ST. CENTER, OLD BLACK HOSPITAL, HAS LONG HIS- TORY" by Alan Anderson Sept 5,1992 "HOW CHILDREN GOT AN EDUCATION IN EARLY DAYS HERE" by Alan Anderson Sept 24,1992 Alan Anderson letter re criticism of SHPS Oct. 1,1992 photo of Mark Simmons as Abe Lincoln, with Mary Jo Simmons and sons, Alec and Chip, in period costumes for 17th Annual Andersonville Historic Fair Oct. 3,1992 "PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THE FINAL ARGUMENT" by Alan Ander- son Oct. 15,1992 "PRESERVATIONISTS FROM ACROSS STATE TO VISIT - ... An orientation on the community's historic aspects illustrated with slide presentations by Alan Ander- son, local historian,...will follow..." Oct. 17,1992 "HISTORIC MISCELLANY" by Alan Anderson Oct. 19,1992 "The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's fall Ramble to Americus last weekend was termed an "overwhelming" success by both planners and parti- cipants...Saturday's events got underway...at the Lee Council House, where visitors also were given an orientation of the area by Alan Anderson..." Oct. 31,1992 "FAMOUS FIRSTS" by Alan Anderson Nov. 3,1992 Yvonne Durrett column "AMERICUS HOSTS GEORGIA TRUST - ...Saturday morning, a wonderful historic slide presentation was presented by Alan Anderson at the Council House..." Nov. 14,1992 "COUNTY POLITICS OVER THE PAST 150 YEARS" by Alan Anderson Nov. 28,1992 "AMERICUS MAYORS OVER PAST 136 YEARS" by Alan An- derson Dec. 4,1992 obituary of Rosalie Purvis Bass written by Alan Anderson Dec. 12,1992 "STREET NAME CHANGES NO BIG DEAL" by Alan Anderson Dec. 26,1992 "A LOVER OF HISTORY" by Alan Anderson Dec. 29,1992 Rev. Lewis Overholt's letter re street controversy noted "...Alan Anderson...wrote in an excellent ar- ticle concerning the history of Americus that the changing of street names has been an old tradition, several streets being renamed two and three times! ..." Jan. 4,1993 "Macon Telegraph" article re controversy over nam- ing Americus street after Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. noted "...A low point came in June 1913 when a black man was lynched in downtown Americus for fa- tally shooting a white sheriff (sic), said Alan Anderson, a local historian..." (same quote in "Al- bany Herald") Jan. 9,1993 "CONTROVERSY AT APD NOTHING NEW" by Alan Anderson Jan. 23,1993 "CONTRIBUTIONS OF LOCAL CITIZENS" by Alan Anderson Feb. 6,1993 "LOCAL BLACK HISTORY" by Alan Anderson Feb. 20,1993 "A LEGEND IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY" by Alan Anderson Mar. 4,1993 "LOCALS RESPOND TO SCHOOL/FLAG ISSUE - ...Alan An- derson, Staley Middle School teacher and local his- torian: "I don't support any symbol that repre- sents racism...." Mar. 6,1993 "TIMOTHY M. FURLOW WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN AMERICUS' EXISTENCE" by Alan Anderson Mar. 12,1993 "...Alan Anderson, representing the 289-member Sum- ter Historic Preservation Society, voiced the org- anization's opposition to demolition because of the historical significance of the (Hamil) building. "The building was built in 1882," said Anderson. "Cotton Avenue was the original business district, and this...is all that remains. The...Society would like to express a great deal of concern about tearing this building down."..." Mar. 20,1993 "GEORGIA'S FIRST WOMAN DOCTOR IS FROM SUMTER" by Alan Anderson Mar. 24,1993 Alan Anderson letter re 1960's peace symbol Aug. 18,1993 Leila Barrett column re filming of "To Dance With the White Dog" noted "...all the extras are cos- tumed in fashions from that time frame. Mary Jo Simmons' hair was coiffed in a typical '60's bouf- fant..." Sept 8,1993 "AMERICUS ROTARY CLUB OBSERVES 75TH ANNIVERSARY - ...Also present...was Alan Anderson, who was intro- duced as the unofficial historian of Americus. An- derson told of the club's beginnings and its char- ter members..." Oct. 15,1993 "Alan Anderson was featured speaker at the Cherokee Garden Club meeting...at the home of Mrs. Ben Du- pree on S. Lee St...." Oct. 25,1993 "PURVIS-SPEER FAMILIES GATHER - ...A Purvis-Speer Family Cook Book, compiled and printed by Edna Pur- vis Anderson, was presented to each family...Alan Anderson has completed a Purvis-Speer Family Histo- ry book which is presently being printed...Descen- dants of: Edgar May and Rosalie Speer Purvis...Ed- na Purvis Anderson, Americus; David, Sandra Davies, Andy and Davey Anderson, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Alan Anderson, Americus; Mark, Mary Jo Anderson, Alec and Chip Simmons, Americus..." Feb. 19,1994 "Local historian, Alan Anderson, will be the key- note speaker at South Georgia Technical Institute annual observance of Black History Month..." Feb. 20,1994 "STALEY MIDDLE HAS SPELLING BEE - ...and caller was Alan Anderson..." Mar. 4,1994 "Alan Anderson, local historian, presented an in- teresting program on historic Americus at the... Anthony Homemakers Club meeting..." Apr. 6,1994 "Staley Middle School teacher Alan Anderson will write a history of the Americus City School System. The...Board of Education voted...to pay Anderson $500 for necessary research..." Aug. 31,1994 photo of Edna Anderson, et. al., at Humane Society Oct. 5,1994 photo of Alan Anderson and Bob Wiebe, founder of Americus Brass Band reenactors Jan. 9,1995 Alan Anderson letter re Schools of Excellence and historic markers Feb. 3,1995 Alan Anderson letter in "Atlanta Constitution" re Speaker Chas. F. Crisp June 14,1995 Alan Anderson letter re black Boy Scouts Aug. 23,1995 Alan Anderson letter re Monahan family Nov. 14,1996 photo of Mary Jo Anderson and AHS senior Ben Mills, with article noting "...He caught the acting bug last year when introduced to the stage by drama teacher Mary Jo Anderson..." Mar. 1,1997 Alan Anderson letter inviting community participa- tion in Sumter Historic Trust's local history exhi- bit at Council House Apr. 19,1997 "Historian Alan Anderson...presented a program on the history of volunteerism and service organiza- tions in Sumter County at the recent meeting of the Americus Lions Club..." May 18,1997 at Americus Literary Club's centennial celebration "...local historian Alan Anderson shared history on Americus in 1897..." Oct. 23,1997 "...Alan Anderson, Americus educator and historian, took members of the Council of Safety Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, on a tour of Americus in the 1880's..." Jan. 7,1998 Alan Anderson letter re Harris Hardware Bldg. Jan. 27,1998 photo of teacher Alan Anderson presenting a medal to A.S. Staley Middle School Geography Bee winner Julie Hollis May 20,1998 Leila Barrett column: "...I was the first to know what some moms were receiving for Mother's Day. Alan Anderson gave his mom Edna Purvis Anderson and his sister Mary Jo Anderson, a new theater seat in the Rylander Theater..." June 10,1998 Alan Anderson letter re Campbell Chapel A.M.E. his- tory June 19,1998 "CITY EVICTS BATS FROM REES PARK THEATER - ...Sum- ter Players secretary Edna Anderson, one of four relieved members of the theater troupe...said the bats had been a persistent problem for over a de- cade. "Some nights we'd have six or 10 of them swooping out over the audience," Anderson said... "Gus always makes an appearance," Anderson said. "I think he likes the spotlight."..."We did have a marvelous production of 'Dracula' a few years ago," she recalled. "People thought we had trained a bat to fly down onto the stage."..." Sept 8,1998 Alan Anderson letter re Dr. J.B. Lawrence's role in 1913 lynching Sept 16,1998 SFP - photo of Mary Jo Anderson at Rylander gala Sept 17,1998 "RANT & RAVE" anonymous criticism of Alan Anderson questioning his authority as historian Sept 18,1998 "RANT & RAVE" anonymous criticism of Alan Anderson letter in Sept. 8th T-R Oct. 6,1998 "RANT & RAVE - FORMER CLASSMATE DEFENDS ANDERSON - "This coming year I would have been a graduate of Americus High School for 30 years. Alan Anderson was in my class. In a time when this community was divided and full of racism and hate, he was a breath of fresh air. I was proud to call him my friend in 1969 and 30 years later I am still proud to call him my friend. If people like Alan had not stood up this community would not be the way it is. Perhaps the reason some people are afraid of the history is because of their part in it. I pray for them and I pray for him. My name is Lorena Barnum Saabs, 1969 graduate of Americus High School." Oct. 21,1998 "Quite a few years ago I had the pleasure of teach- ing Alan Anderson in Americus High School. He was a serious student of research even then, seeking primary sources when available, secondary when they were not. I am delighted that he continues his in- terest in research by devoting much of his leisure time to studying the history of our community, knowing that, above all else, he searches diligent- ly for truth. GLADYS C. CRABB, AMERICUS" Nov. 18,1998 "AMERICUS ROTARY CLUB CELEBRATES 80 YEARS OF SERVICE TO COMMUNITY - ...Local historian Alan Anderson then presented a succinct history of the Club..."Rotary is Americus' oldest service club," he said...Ander- son listed about a dozen names of the founding mem- bers, calling them, "the prime movers and shakers of our community at the time"..."Rotary has always stood for progress", said Anderson." Apr. 28,1999 SFP - Alan Anderson letter criticizing school board handling of principal appointment at A.S. Staley May 12,1999 SFP - "ANDERSON (ALAN, NOT JACK) RETURNS TO PRINTED PAGE WITH A HISTORY OF SUMTER COUNTY'S MANY NEWSPA- PERS, PUBLISHERS" by Alan Anderson May 26,1999 SFP - "A FEW HELPFUL HINTS FOR GRAFTING LIMBS ONTO FAMILY TREES" by Alan Anderson June 9,1999 SFP - "ASSISTANCE SOUGHT IN EFFORT TO COMPILE COM- PLETE RECORD OF SUMTER CEMETERIES by Alan Anderson June 23,1999 SFP - "A HISTORIC LOOK AT SUMTER'S COURTHOUSES" by Alan Anderson; photo of Mary Jo Anderson and Kowanna Lillard, with Golden Apple Award; "Agnes Robinson celebrated her birthday on Sunday, June 13...finger foods...and a variety of tea sandwiches provided by ...Edna Anderson..." July 7,1999 SFP- "COLUMNIST PROVIDES ABRIDGED ACCOUNT OF SUMTER COUNTY, AMERICUS; FIRST FAMILIES NOTED, AS ARE FIRST HOUSE, SCHOOL, CHURCH, LAWYER AND HOMICIDE" by Alan Anderson; history of Myrtle Springs