MASON W. ANDERSON, of Rising Sun, one of the proprietors of the Anderson and McHenry Omnibus Line, was born in Boone County, Ky., September 28, 1827 His parents were Henry and Mildred (CORNELIUS) ANDERSON, the latter born in Kentucky. Mr. ANDERSON, left an orphan in childhood, was reared chiefly by an uncle in Boone County, where he resided til about twenty years of age. At eighteen he began the butchers trade in Covington, in which place he continued the same about fifteen years. He was married, in September, 1849, to Emma NEWMAN, of this county, a native of Philadelphia, and daughter of Timothy NEWMAN, who came into this locality about 1837. After his marriage he began the butchering business in Rising Sun, continuing till 1861. He then clerked for four years for H.S Epsey, and subsequently took up the cleaver again for a short time. He still does some "ham trimming" for shippers of pork,of Rising Sun, being
quite an adept at that business. In 1867 Mr. ANDERSON started, on a limited scale, the Aurora and Rising Sun Omnibus Line, which has developed in efficiency til almost an equal to steam railway as a means of passenger transportation. This line, started with much opposition, Mr. Anderson has continued from the beginning, never having missed but one trip from the first to the present. In 1875 the Aurora And RIsing SUn Turnpike was constructed by a company composed of W.B. Sinks, Dr.H.T. Williams, and Mr. ANDERSON, at a cost of about $10,000.00 this being one of the most important improvements of the county. Mr. ANDERSON has been a member of the I.O.O.F for thirty five years, and, with Mrs. Anderson, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a man of jovial disposition, and relates many amusing incidents of his bus line experience, which "our limited space forbids us to repeat."
HISTORY OF DEARBORN AND OHIO COUNTIES, INDIANA-1885
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