Anderson Family


Information compiled by Jenifer Talbert and Debra Picknan




Ethel Anderson lived at 508 North 2nd Street from about 1958 up through 1990. At one point. her daughter, Liz Johnson, and her children lived in the house with Ethal.

It was during this point in time that a mysterious fire broke out in what has become known as the nursery. The fire was on the north wall just under and to the right of the window.

The nature and cause of the fire was never discovered and remains a mystery to date.

Obituary from Feb 5, 2000-Atchison Daily Globe

Ethel Anderson

Ethel Honore Anderson, 94, Atchison, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Medicalodge at Atchison where she had lived the past four years.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerard Senecal, OSB, as celebrant.  Internment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  A parish rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church.  The family will receive friends between 9:45 a.m. and service time Monday at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Scholastica Academy, Atchison Catholic elementary schools, St. Benedict’s Church or St. Benedict’s College and may be sent in care of Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home.

Mrs. Anderson worked for 52 years in the nursing profession, retiring from Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, Winchester, in 1980 at the age of 75.  She had served as director of nursing there for 25 years.  Prior to employment there she had spent much of her time as a private duty nurse and had been employed at Atchison Hospital and St. John Hospital, Leavenworth.

She was born Oct. 10, 1905 in the Good Intent Community, the daughter of Thomas R. and Honora A. Baker Mullins.

Mrs. Anderson was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church.

Her parents, five sisters and six brothers preceded her in death.

Survivors include:  three daughters, Joan Falk, Atchison, Geraldine L. “Gere” Blair, Overland Park, and Elizabeth “Liz” Johnson, Dallas, Texas; a son, Dr. Winston L. “Pete” Anderson, San Louis Obispo, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Winstan, never lived at the house. Ethel filed for divorce July 31, 1945, citing gross neglect of duty. Their divorced was granted on October 13, 1945.


Obituary from July 22, 1994-Atchison Daily Globe

Winstan L. Anderson

Winstan L. Anderson, 85, Sun City, West, Ariz., formerly of Atchison, died July 15, 1994 in Sunwest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Services were at 11 a.m. July 20 in Sunland Lakeside Chapel, Sun City.  Burial was in Sunland Memorial Park.

Memorials are suggested to Sunwest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 14002 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, 85375, or Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, 13658 Meeker Blvd. Sun City West.

Dr. Anderson practiced medicine in Atchison for 35 years.  He also was the athletic department doctor and practiced at the Student Health Services at Kansas University.  He moved to Sun City West 10 years ago.

He was born in Tescott, Kan.  He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary F. Anderson; three daughters, Joan Falk, Atchison, Gere Blair, Overland Park, and Elizabeth Johnson, Dallas, Texas; two sons, Winstan L. Anderson Jr., San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Charles Anderson, Seattle; a sister, Crystelle Ganson, Concordia; two bothers, John C. Anderson, Sacramento, Calif., and Eugene Anderson, Kerrville, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Sources: Please note genealogy is not 100% Names, dates, Birth Places can be wrong. Sometimes they used a first name on one census then a middle or nickname on another. Spellings are often off. Records referenced within this site can be backed up by census or other online records or references.



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