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'HEREVER in the world oi trade men buy and sell the products of American creative 
ami industrial genius the city ol Anderson, Indiana, is known. Its name stamped on 
the finished article, whether it be a glass bottle or an electric generator, an "Irish 
Mail" or an automobile, stands for all is most modern in conception and design and most 
workmanlike and perfect in execution. 

fwenty-five years ago this now famous manufacturing city was only a small county-seat 
town, with an honorable record ol slow and steady progress, but depending almost entirely 
upon the agricultural development il the lortile soil surrounding it lor the growth anil 
prosperity ol its financial, commercial and industrial institutions. 

loday. with lis diversified manufactures, in which are employed one-fourth ol the 
healthy, happy , cultured and t • I population ol l'7.0l>0 souls, it bears the distinction of 

being a typical lac tor y city sell -sustain big. independent, possessing within it sell the power 
and vitality to woi l> mil its own brilliant industrial destiny proud "I the past, sure ol the 
present and . onlideiit ol the luture. 

When the capricious fain to whom Nature has delegated the beneficent duty ol dispens- 
ing favors in the form ol natural gas di igned to smile lor a season upon this little city in 
central Indiana, all unwittingly, perhaps, but none the less firmly, she planted in the hearts 
ol the sturdy men ol Anderson the seed ol what has come to be the dominating influence in 
the life of the community, and which lias been aptly termed the "Manufacturing Spirit." 

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When her smile faded and turned to frowning, this mighty Spirit, which keeps alight the 
furnace fires and drives unceasingly the whirring wheels, had rooted itself so deeply in the 
citizenship ol Anderson that no mere "fuel problem" could tear it up or break it down or 
check the development ol the city into one of the most notable and progressive manufacturing 
centers of the Middle West. 

By the glare of the damn,- beacon of natural gas, which came in 18b7 to shed the light 
of industry over central Indiana, Anderson saw clearh the pathway to permanent advance- 
ment. With celerity the people accepted the fuel which the '•gods provided' and lost no 
opportunity to turn it to the best advantage. When natural gas for factory purposes failed 
they demonstrated with e,,ual celerity the,, ability to do some "providing'"' for themselves 
With due thankfulness for all that natural gas had brought them and taught them thev 
l ' ,rn y d lmm " as •' fansiton period ol good fortune, and went straight onward to consummate 
the destiny win, h the Manufacturing Spirit" had alreadv shown them to be theirs 

In the lcgendaiw historv ol \nd,r.,,n i, is told .ha, when the savage chieftain who lent 
lllS Ln ^ ls1 ' name '" thl ^ I'oautiful cit.N of the White Kiver vallev, and whose people had long 
dwelt l,cre '" l "' ; "'" ""' ' ,,c,lt W sau approaching the inevitable encroachment of the white 
ma "' '"■ I " IU '' 1 m ass, ' n1 ' Wlt1 ' ^ ll "' 1 > """Mial u, his time and race, stoicalh and intelligent! v 
miule U ' rms w,,h ,,,s I'i'l'-lacL-,] brothe, and thnltily moved on to pastures new and forests 
\\ r *\ m - Som " ,Il,ll « "' !! "' -""' s. ,ic,sn, and intelligence maybe said to have guided the 
A » ders »" 0| ,0L,;l > "^" 't «ilmh m, dered the manufacturing fuel winch had mule ,, 

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famous from ocean to ocean, was reads' win n the time loi readjustment came, and proceeded 
serenely and steadily on its industrial way. 

There has not been a moment's retrogression in the town oi Andersontown or in the city 
ot Anderson since the time when the first settlers came to the site in the early twenties. It is 
related that the first to come, in lull), was Frederick Bronuenberg, Sr., a German by nativity, 
who was imbued with the manufacturing spark, which toda\ vitalizes the city, and built the 
first jurist mill, woolen mill and saw null in tin- settlement. 

In the year l^i'l, the historian says, lohti Bern st-ttk cl on the site of what is now the 
eit\ proper, platted a town in iM^ll. and. with true local enterprise and an eye to the 
future, nave sixty acres ol mmnul and dedicated the Court I I. .use square foi the seat ol 
guvirrn incut ol Madison ( oiinty. \ lew yea is latei the ruitnt\ lecords were transferred from 
I'endleton to \ndcrsonlowii. bill the Uaiisler appears to have had little etlect in booming 
the rommunity, which is reported to have had in I-.I7 a total population, including sonii 
Indians, ol L>(K>. 

In bs;jy ii was incorporated as the "town ol \ndersontown,'' and in 1M1 the name was 
officially changed to "Anderson."' It is general!} accepted that the first outside influence to 
assist materially in Ihe development ol the city was the coming ol the railroads which are now 
parts ol the Big l'oui and Pennsylvania systems. As a result, considerable building was 
done in the "iiO's" and many structures of that period are still standing to testily to the 
thoroughness ol the work ol the early mechanics. In that day progress was so slow that onl\ 



men of determined and persistent, as well as hopeful dispositions, could have "stuck" so 
grimly through the discouragements of years. 

Gathering vigor, however, from its own hard endeavors, the community made greater 
headway during the following decade, and in L8(3o had reached such a prosperous condition 
that, by the vote ol a large majority of the people, it was erected into a city and proudly 
chose its first mayor and other city officers. From that time its growth was gradual and 
unimpeded, though not remarkable, until the discovery of natural gas in l s ^7. 

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In the twinkle ol an eye, as swift as the ray of light which first imds a rift in a clouded 
sky, the city cil Anderson, in common with other towns in central Indiana, became famous 
throughout the length and breadth ol the land. As the hitheito undreamed ol possibilities ol 
natural gas lot fuel were n ali/.rd the city took on now and greater importance in the eyes of the 
state and nation. Willi .1 prodigalin not justifi* d l>\ subsequent events", but excusable because 
ol inexperience and the universal optimism, this miraculous fuel was wasted on every side. 
I'rill after drill tapped the subterranean storehouse to release the pent-up energy ol ages. 
until 1 1 seemed loi ,1 time that the suppb was 1 1 mule,.. 

Notwithstanding the lavish wastelulness in other ways, however, the factories came 
rapidly as the situation was heralded to tin world, and Anderson began at once to experience 
the industrial and commercial benefits ol tin great discovery. The transformation Irum the 
little agricultural town to a I actor v city, pulsing and throbbing with tin- \ ibrat ion of machinery, 

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came in the closing decade of the nineteenth century, bringing in its train the social and 
educational advancement so characteristic of the Anderson of VM'2. 

As one after another great factory was planted here, beautiful new resiliences were built, 
public improvements were planned and put through, anil every form of local enterprise 
received tin' hearty encouragement and financial support of the community at large. Bv 
hundreds and thousands new people came to work in the lactones, to engage in trade and the 
professions, .ill seeking and main finding in this day of transformation the prosperity which 
leads to happiness and wraith. Here was sown the --red of the "Manufacturing Spirit" that 
controls the < ity ol \nderson and gives to Us inline possibilities without limit. 

Il is said that in the da_\ ol the so-called "gas boom" the inlluN of strangers was so rapid 
that on occasions mam people were i ompi lleil lu seek sin Itei in the stables and sheds ol the 
Counts I'air ground* until they could hud permanent quarters in the congested residences ol 
the city. The early comers prospered and grew independent. Anderson-made goods became 
known all ovei the world, and the cit\ awoke lo the lact that it was famous. It met the 
situation by inaugurating a system ol municipal improvements that stand as evidence ol the 
public spirit and wisdom of the people, and make it one of the most beautiful and healthful 
spots in the country. I>_\ the year 1 *'.)'.) the rate ol progress in both public and private 
development had reached its zenith. 

Soon it was realized that the goddess ol natural gas was a fickle lady. A few factories, 
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majority ol the industrial institutions, through the hold which the '"Spirit had taken upon 
(he people id the city, remained and found no difficulty in readjusting themselves to the 
changed fuel conditions. In many instances old-time residents had gone into the manufac- 
turing business in various lines with great success, and these, of course, supplied the 
foundation for the permanent industrial fabric of which Anderson is composed. The citi/ens 
interested themselves conscientiously in the continued expansion ol the industrial forces, 
large sums were patrioticalh subscribed lor the purpose ol bringing other and newer factories 
lo the city. and for I he lew years which may be said to have covered the crisis in Anderson's 
career organized etlort was nevei suspended o: vigilance relaxed. 

I!\ the huh latigable lab irs ol a loyal and untiring Commercial Club and Citizens' 
Committee a ureal lactory bind ol SilliO.illH) was raised In the sale ol lots. Liberal and 
public-spirited citizens gave the 1,^)0 lots winch were needed, liberal and public-spirited 
citizens bought them back auaiu at SiiOU pel lot. and the work was done. Willi this fund, 
completed in l'.lii-, many new industries ol large proportions were secured, the obstacles in 
the path ol progress were sal eh avoided, ami \nderson is now far on the road which leads to 
permanent and uninterrupted pros perils and growtl . 

Greater in population than ever before: greater in number of factories and employes: 
greater in transportation facilities: greater in public and private improvements; greater in 
moral, religious ami social development: greater in educational advantages: greater in even 
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nation's population," is a remarkable example ol what may l>e budded b\ stout-hearted, 
strong-minded nun who have the "Spirit." 

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Madison County, ol which Anderson is the seat ol justice and government, is one oi the 
largci counties oi Indiana, i overing 100 square miles ol the most fertile land on the continent, 
and containing within its bordi rs 740 mill - "I splendid, improved mads. 

The population ol the county, according to the census ol 1U10. is Im.1':.' I. The assessed 
valuation of *;jl'>,000, 000 is about I0°b of the actual value of real and personal property, and 
the total tax rale for all g. neral and local purpose, is Sll.ln. The county indebtedness is onlj 
S.Vi.POO in bonds at a low rate ol inter. St. 

Hearing the name "of one if the earh presidents ol the 1'nited Stales, the counts was 
chartered in \*?.\. and the act :; ■ legi laiure was approved by the C.overnor on |anuar> Ith 

ol that veai. 

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ol Anderson in tin eea - ' ' ndu al era. and indeed una h of 

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miles, laid out in rectangular blocks of convenient size. The site was originally quite hillv, 
but careful grading has overcome every disadvantage which might have resulu-d from this 
condition, while affording perfect drainage. The principal business streets lead awa\ from 
the Court House square in I mr directions and the retail stores and shops an i ■ ntrated in 
a compact district easih access bh t i tin people of all sections of the citv, 

-■ ich has gu h 1 V lers n in other matters has been ap] lied to the 

latl . •■ esuli that tl streets are broad, straight and fully adequati for 

lonr ei ents were first undertaken in the year l-'.H. 

.ues ih the best materials, ami I'.l.lil miles of 

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.: the bt ..::> and cleanlines 4 of tin city, 
leworthy for theit large, cumf u lal ile and 

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parts oi tin city ai , unerring!) ' t and culture of the peoph-. 

Vnderson s >\.,ui -..: ply is I in ; \ I it River, on the bank"- ol .. I) tin city is 

"located, and a modern filtrati u plant - th< service sale and desirable t ir c • ry purpose. 

rhe plant has ica] icity ol 11. .000 - daily, with elf). 14 miles of mains and a i omplete 

sanitai \ ? ewt . s\ s:<. i. 

• ,5 The population of Anderson, by the census of 191(1, is given as 22,476. This number is 

.''yJ embraced within the corporate limits of the city proper, but the thriving suburban district of 

<ji North Anderson, and other sections outside the city and contiguous thereto, together with the 

\J V " normal growth ol the past two years, will bring the population up to the 27,000 mark, which 

£ N may be accepted as a conservative estimate ol the figures lor 1912. Notwithstanding the 

reverse ol the loss ol natural gas as fuel for manufacturing purposes during the past decade. 

the official census rei iort shows n gain in ion in that time of 1 1.3 9f • 

.',/"■ The city's ta.\ valuation, representing al> nit K>7< of actual value, is over K10,000,000, on 

-, i which the rate for all city purposes is SI .I 1 -. I a it than in most cities of its size and enterprise. 

Ol (his ta\ only SO.'.i I i appli< d i the general expenses ol the city, the remainder going to 

' the support ol thepublii binary, publii buildiims. parks, and to the sinking fund. Taxation 

lonililioiis in \ik1cim>ii aic altogethei satisfactory, tin city's income being conservatively 

cxpei h1 eil foi i he I lit nl I he publii a I l.i ge. and the u el fare of the municipal departments 

and the necessity lor continued improvi nieuts ai'i nevei disregarded. 

I \ ii n well ei] nipped stal ions house the in ipanii s which i onstitute the Anderson liri di - 

i partmeiit. with 2;i regulai im n on the rolls. I In liNi lire hydrants throughout the city, with water 

\ pressure exceeding It HI pounds, have made il possible to keep the fire loss down to a nominal 

\ ,'jA figure. During the year 191 1 . the total losses by lire, insured and uninsured, were but !?1 1 ,01 s , 

' ;\ \ The police department is u . 1] organized, and at the beginning of the present year had lb 

,t "regular men on the rolls. The number ol convictions for offenses of all kinds during the vear 


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were 499, which may be taken as evidence ot the peaceful and law-respecting character of 
Anderson's population. As in all other departments of the municipal establishment, politics 
is not allowed to interfere with the efficiency ol the police department, and the men are 
appointed and retained on the force regardless ol their party preferences. 

The report ol the health department for the year 1**1 1 testifies to the remarkable 
healthfulness of Anderson as a residence city, a place in which to live and work. A city of 
27,000 inhabitants which has only 9 cases ol typhoid fever in an entire year is justified in 
boasting ol its water supply and its sanitary condition, as well as its climate. The total 
number ol deaths horn all causes durum the yi ar was 827. a mortality rate of about 1 .-'/< . 

One ol the public institutions ol \ndcrson in which the people feel great pride is the 
public library, ,i building ol chaste and beautiful lines, which was erected at a cost of $76,000 
and dedicated in 11107), The annual reporl ol the librarian shows that over 17,000 volumes 
have been placed on the library shelves, and tin avidity with which the people, adult and 
juvenile, read the besl Literatim ol the world is indicated by the official statement that during 
the year the circulation ol books was over I'm. lit Mi. practically a thousand volumes a week. 

Asa fitting summary to these gratifying features ol the various municipal departments 
ol Anderson, attention may be called to the report ol the city engineer, from which we learn 
that the public improvements are being carried steadily forward. For n ew streets, walks 
and sewers there was expended during the past year the sum of $6u,15b, and the total cost of 
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Remarkable in this connection is the further official statement that the §228,000 of 
municipal interesting-bearing indebtedness ol two years ago has been reduced until today it 
is only $96,500. All of which leads to the inevitable conclusion that the people of Vnderson 
are financiers as well as manufacturers. 

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In tin- hundred or more factories ami shops, large ami small, which are the foundation 
ol the prosperous \nderson ol HII2, ami in which tin- prophecy for future achievement is 
I" be found, Anderson men ami Anderson capital arc tin' predominant influence, although 
even in rccenl years mam manufacturers Iromothei places have recognized the city's great 
possibilities as a maun I act wring location, and ha ve come to swill the ranks of the industrial 
multitude. Kmplnycd in these lactones and shops are more than I). 000 operatives, ami a 
conservative estimate l>\ competent local authorities places the annual payroll of the city at 
approximately S:!.00(i,onO. 

Must important in < insidcring the true value ol this vast industrial element is the fact 
thai the plant-- are so w idel_\ diversified in the it | >n idui is as to render the community immune 
against the evils which sometimes come to those dependent on a few great institutions for 
employment for the wage-earners. The vicissitudes ol the financial and labor worlds can 
have little effect on Vnderson because her iudusti ies cover so many different lines of manufacture. 

I'arK in the game, the employers of Vnderson discovered the true method of dealing 
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thousands of workmen own the homes in which they live, ami enjoy to the fullest extent the 
facilities for the proper education of their children and the opportunity to procure by work at 
good wages the comforts and even luxuries of life. It is estimated that when the present 
factories are working up to their normal capacity the grand payroll oi all will hear the splendid 
total of 7,500 names. 

Now permanently adjusted to hard luel, with transportation facilities as good as any in 
the state, with a licit line road connecting all railroads and lactones, with easy access to the 
great coal fields ol a hall dozen states, and with a world-wide reputation for their superior 
class of products, the manufacturing establishments ol Anderson see before them such growth 
and expansion as will lai i a ed am devclopim nt that has gone bel ire. 

Located upon the railroad systems of the New York Central and Pennsylvania 
Lines, the Central Indiana Kaih ad and the I ndiana I niun I'racti n Com pan\ - , Anderson is 
particularly I ort mi ale in the advantages i| tiaiispoi tat ion bv < m pet ins lines which are thus 
afforded. On the tvgulai cheduh I hi •ir.un roads are -j" 1 mod ern passenger trams each 

day, while tin- I. I . I. s\ ti m conn uti tin- tra fn possibilities tin astonishing number 

ol 151 electric interurban trains in and out I the i ity daily. 

'f'he several transportation companies handle yearly more than 600,000 tons of local 
freight, including incoming and outgoing shipments. Reduced to carloads, this amounts to 
53,000 cars ol ;>0,000 pounds each, or more than a thousand carloads per week during the 
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concerns, and do not embrace the vast quantity oi freight passing through the city annually, 
which probably exceeds 200,000 carloads. Surprising though tins volume of freight business 
may appear, it is not disproportionate to the amount of manufacturing, and fully supports 
the city's claims to industrial leadership. 

One of the most interesting elements of transportation in the state of Indiana is the 
I. LI. T. company, which has its general offices, shops and great power plant in Anderson. 
Three hundred and sixty miles ol electric road an operated from this city, covering all central 
Indiana with a network ol steel, over whii h hundreds ol swift electric cars fly ceaselessly back 
and forth like shuttles in a gigantic loom. 

\ list ol a portion o I the manulactu red articles which earn the name and fame of Anderson 
In the. I'ou i ipiaiters .'I tlie globi includes: \ui miobik-s. automobile delivery wagons, wind 
shields and lops, carriage and bugg\ lops and gears, fed plates, bed springs, beer, blank 
books, boring machines, b idles, brick, brick and tile machines, brooms, canned goods, 
..II pets, carriages, canning machinery, cement silo, chairs, children's vehicles, cigars. 
computing cheese cutters, computing oil tanks, computing scales, condensed milk, confection- 
eries, metal cornice, corrugated paper, cream separators, cut glass, cut spur gears, dish 
dryers, electric cigar lighters, enamel ware, gas and gasoline engines, farm gates, flooring 
clamps, fly bars, brass and iron castings, fruit jars, household and office furniture, gas 
regulators, electric generators, hoops, hardware specialties, incubators, iron pumps, knives 
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motors, oil furnaces, paper boxes, poles and shafts, pump jacks, pumping machinery, 
refrigerating machinery, roofing material, rubber specialties, drugs and chemicals, seats, 
shirts, shovels, tools, steel go-carts, stogies, stoves and ranges, tables, tile, umbrellas. 
vacuum cleaning machines, wagons, wire, wire fence, wire nails, wire wheels, files. 

The postoffice receipts oi Anderson tell an eloquent story of the rise of this industrial 
giant among Indiana cities. Going back to the year 190:2, when the stimulation of the gas 
and oil boom was at its height, we find that the annual receipts of the postoffice were 
SU. I "21. 01. I'ive years later, in I'll)?, they had grown to sr.T.'.l 17. S7. and in 1912, t-hey reach 
the ligiii-i: of SSf,, ;!<.)>, 02, almost doubling in the decade. The increase for 1012. over 1011. 
was S7. 101.10, and during the quarici ending March ill. 1012. they were larger than evei 
beloie. being for I he llm e months S21.I I "v."!. 

The lour banks and two trust companies ol Anderson, all in prosperous condition and 
stcadih adding lo their surplus, have i tal deposits exceeding S2.0O0.O00. and combined 
capital, surplus and undivided profits ol S-*2^. 70O.00. In addition to these financial institu- 
tions is tin- Anderson L ian Association, one of the most noted in the state, and in its ?.,">00 
indi\ idtial accounts much the largest. It has a surplus ol more than !? 100, 000. assets ot more 
than S2.000.iKH). ami occupies a new and elegant fireproof building. The thrift ot the 
Anderson wage-earner is shown by the thousands who deposit their savings in this Association 
and explains why the city is a eommunit\ ol home owners. 

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Anderson gives further and convincing evidence ol the great strides which the people have 
made in educational, as well as industrial progress. In 183iJ Richard lreadway taught the 
first school in a small log building. Fort) years later the first high school was organized, the 
entire educational department at that time consisting ol 11 teachers, with ~>00 pupils enrolled. 

Today, 530 pupils arc attending the high school alone, in a splendid modern building. 
erected in 1910 at a total cost for site, building and equipment ol more than Sl' This 
high school contains all the newest ami best appliances for tin- education ol the youth of the 
cits and is one ol tin mosl notable in Indiana. Ovei I.ODO pupils are enrolled in the 11 grade 
buildings ami the teaching b.ici now number- 110. The total value ol the school property is 
approximate S 150.0110. Main I the buildings are surrounded bs large areas of public 
grounds, giving the pupil- evc-rs oppoi tiinii y lor physical a- well as mental development. 
The school census loi 1'Jli 1 -hows li.^O." persons ol school age. a larger uumbei than ever 
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A great mora! and religions awakening, with its resultant extension ol church influence, 
came in the earls "UO's." a few years alter the first cm king days svhen the city resembled in 
its feverish growth a mining camp ol the lai west. Some ol the local historians of thai lime 
have said that a considerable portion ol the new population had not come to 1 Anderson seeking 
a more direct or more pleasant road to heaven, and the churches found pleats ol things to 
I. rep them busy. Religious activity and the native morality and culture of the city soon 
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broadening, until Anderson now lias ;J7 regular church organizations, with an estimated 
membership oi 10,000 persons. 

Some of the most beautiful and costly church edilices in Indiana are to be found in 
Anderson further proof, if any were needed, that the school and the church ever follow the 
factory in the progress of any community whose growth is directed by the stronger and better 
elements of human < haracter. 

Besides the publii schools, St. Mary's Parochial School, the Anderson Industrial School. 
Indiana Business College and othei special institutions contribute to the educational advan- 
tages which the city possesses. 

In the charities \ndersou is m.i behind others, ol its class in this enlightened and 
benevolent age, and numerous societies and organizations, olliceied b\ the most prominent 
nun and women ol the community, an alu a\ - active in relieving distress and assisting the 

Si. lohn's Catholic I lospital. conducted In Sisters of the I I oly Cross, the Old People's 
Home, Orphans' llome and the Counts Inlinnan are ,UI modern and well-managed institu- 
tions devoted to the relii 1 of sulfering and indigence. 

Woven ami interwoven b\ the many fraternal ami social organizations in which the city 
abounds, all classes ol people m Anderson ma\ be said to constitute one harmonious body ol 
loyal, enterprising, thrifts and cultured citizenship, filled with the twentieth century spirit ol 
industry ami confidence. 


Among the larger fraternal societies, the Masons, Odd Fellows, Elks, Eagles and 
Moose own their own elegant and comfortable quarters. The Supreme Lodge of the World. 
Loyal Order of Moose, lias its national headquarters here, and its official paper of several 
hundred thousand circulation is published from this citv. 

In its two high-grade daily newspapers, the ITcrald and Bulletin, which have clone so 
much tn promote the general expansion and public welfare; in its zealous and efficient 
Commercial Club and Citizens' Committee, which never hesitate at an\ labor or expense in 
securing new lactones and expanding old uncs: in its myriad ol social clubs and organizations 
which bring ihe people tog. tin r foi plea mi n and pro m Anderson is peculiarly fortunate. 

,\ model n opei a house and main Mini II theatres and places ol entertainment pro\ ide for 
the peoph tin best the amusement woi Id has to give, and tin largi and well-managed stores 
and shups in tin retail diMriet suppb even necessity and comfort ol life. 

Mounds 1 'ark, located thiee mil - from the city, is an amusement resort of wide reputation 
and much historic in lei est. In it aie iu be si en a n umbel ol pi ^historic mounds, and these, 
as well as the seasonable delights ol the place, attract main' visitors. Riverside and llai- 
monia Parks are also pleasant recreation sp its for the people during the summer months. 

The local street car service meets all demands lor transportation ol that character: the 
telephone, telegraph and express sen ice are standard and effii iciil. 

It is difficult to imagine what is left foi the people ol Anderson to desire — unless it be 
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l'hat conventionality requires the artificial gas service to be mentioned last in this story 
ol Anderson's industrial resources and growth will be apparent to the reader. Artificial gas 
is not the least, however, among the forces of modern municipal development, and as a public 
utility necessary to the prosperity and comfort of the people it is entitled to rank among the 
most important in every city. In domestic requirements it has proved itself a satisfactory 
substitute for natural gas, and is constantly demonstrating its economical efficiency. 

Anderson's artificial gas plant is one ol the newest and most modern in the State of 
Indiana, with a holdei capacity ol .">(>(», linn cubic feet, and fully adequate to meet every call 
which may be made upun it. I'he distribution system embraces H"i.2 miles of pipe. The 
present Company assumes ownership with the determination that the entire service shall be 
all that up-to-date appliance-, and i onsi ientious management can make it. 

Willi the nha ol improving and ultimati l\ cheapening to the consumer his artificial gas 
service, the Central Indiana tias ( umpany ha- undertaken the operation of plants in a number 
ol the thriving cities ol this section ol the slate The Anderson plant is already connected 
by pipe line \\ iih i he < r . "I I lu >■ . n 1 - - : pi an - < • up in pi a te its early connection with 
the system embracing Munrie, Marion, Mcxaiidria. Ilartford City and other towns. There 
will then be offered to each city such, n serve i apacitv in case ol emergency or accident as will 
insure all against the least possibility ol inconv enience 1 rom insufficient or interrupted service. 

It is not necessary to enumerate hi re the main uses to which artificial gas can be applied 
in the home, in the ollice. in the shop oi- the factory. It is sullicient to tall attention to the 




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I i.. i- Plain, that lor two of tin- greatest accessories to human comfort, cooking and lighting, it lias 
shown its superiority ami ecouomv over all other agencies. We art' pleased to lie able to 
classify the artificial gas plant among the progressive institutions which make Anderson a 
delightful and profitable plai e 111 whi< h to live and work and transact business. 

It is the polir\ of tic Central Indiana Gas Company to take as deep interest in the 
wellarc and development "I the cities in which it is engaged in business as does any individual 
inerchanl 01 manufacturer, believing that tin success ol every public utility depends upon the 
relations whii h exist between itsell and the people, ami that it is only by mutual understand- 
ing, confidence ami assistance that the 1m ,t results ma\ be obtained bv all. 

I his little booklet ma_\ be ^.ud to express in a somewhat incomplete form the esteem in 
which the cit_\ ol \nderson is held by the gas compain and the other industrial and commercial 
institutions which make u tl eir : nm . Mthough the fa< ts stated in the preceding pages are 
givi n with careful cons< r\ at ism, it v. ill be seen that they indicate a most gratifying situation 
and are sufficient causi I i mi versa 1 pti in ism as to what tin future may have in store. 

I: i- imp issible. in ;i ■ uvenir publication ol this size, to 

describi anil I lust rati the great I art ries of Anderson, and only 

ai ii-public institutions have been consider d. It 

lire ;i Umn lied |>ages to | in >perly 

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I n preparing, pul ishiuj; and pn rutins In the peopli I 

N-Mii. rsoii t is trin st r\ nl [he past ;md present, we desire t i 

assist in placing bel >re the outside ivorld this city s rightful 

claims to industrial and comnn n ial n i ignition, and to stimulate 

even further, il that be possible, the '' Spirit " which has brought 

about the present prosperity of the community. 

livery loyal citizen should be proud of the record. 


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