The life story of Mr. Albert Anderson told in the words of his 15 loving children:
Albert was in 1903 to Ned and Maria (Martin) Anderson in Gray Hill. Texas. He married Laura (Shepherd) Anderson December 23, 1923 in White Hall, Texas. To this union was born fifteen children: Albert, Doris, Claude, Ervin, Ira, Edward, Lucille, Willie, S.Ray, Robert D., Ruby A.Y., Alberta, Daisy and Charles.
Albert was a carpenter and blacksmith by trade. He was always a hard worker and stayed with a job until it was completed… to perfection. Albert was has built or re-constructed many homes and buildings and one of his most cherished accomplishments was the year that he laid the water rights to Ft. Hood in Kileen, Texas.
When Albert and Laura first came to West Texas they lived on a farm in Robertson, Texas on Roy Terrell’s place. He worked very hard as a farmer. They moved to Lorenzo in 1941 where he worked on another farm for Steve Black. After the house they lived in burned down, they moved into town. He purchased the entire city block and sold lots to others who needed a home place. He constructed his own house which was not only a large home but also served many purposes: a school during the week, a diner on Saturday and a church on Sunday-until separate school and church buildings were later built.
Albert Anderson worked for many years as a blacksmith after farming, methods changed; he began to work construction. He moved houses with a tractor and telephone poles. He was also a butcher, bus driver and a man who many said was a “Jack of All Trades.” Albert was one of the greatest stucco workers in the city.
Because Albert Anderson was such a hard worker, he seemed to have money when times were so hard “you couldn’t find a dime.” That’s how he earned the nickname “Mr. Buck.” Her was a great provider for his family. Albert would butcher his hogs, milked his cows, grew his own food (including the corn and grain for his animals), raised chickens and gathered eggs to sell. He also had a syrup mill where he made his own cane syrup and people have said that he made the best pork sausage in the world.
We could go on and on about Albert’s many great achievements, obstacles he overcame and his generosity to others… but we would like to sum up 100 wonderful years by saying…