Floyd Anderson, a florist at Xenia, with an establishment at 101 West Main street in that city, was born at Waverly, in Pike county, Ohio, November 29, 1873, son of Henry and Catherine (Holton) Anderson, both of whom were born in that same locality and there spent all their lives.

Henry Anderson was reared as a farmer and followed that vocation through life, and also was for some time a singing-school teacher in Pike county. He was born on June 20, 1850, one of the ten children born to his parents and all of whom are now deceased save two, William, who continues to live in Pike county, and Mrs. Jane Rankin, of Elkhart, Indiana, the others besides Henry having been James, Jonathan, John, Willis, Tennyson, Callie and Susan. On December 24, 1871, Henry Anderson was united in marriage to Catherine Holton, who also was born in Pike county, August 28, 1852, daughter of Thomas and Susan (Beekman) Holton, both of whom also were born in that same county and who were the parents of ten children, those besides Mrs. Anderson having been Branson, deceased; Catherine, who is living; Mrs. Euphemia Leeper, deceased; Douglas, deceased; James, who is still living in Pike county; Mrs. Callie Alexander, deceased; May, wife of C. L. Humphrey; Harvey, who lives in Pike county, and Chloe, of Waverly. To Henry and Catherine (Holton) Anderson were born ten children, those besides the subject of this sketch being the following: Arzie, who married Ella Ashbaugh and has six children, Callie, May, Opal, Harold, Robert and Donald; Dora, who married C. D. Legg, of Anderson, Indiana, and has two children, Donald and Lucile; Alta, who died in infancy; Merle, now living at Newark, this state, wlio married Zoe Ashbaugh and has two children, Donald and Dora; Mrs. Erma Beekman, who died at Newark; Bessie, who married Charles West, of Jeffersonville, Fayette county, and has six children, Esther, Howard, Cecil, Catherine, Maxine and Vernon; Thomas, living at Newark, who is married and has one child, a son, Paul; Harvey, who is married and lives at Newark, and George, also married and living at Newark.

Floyd Anderson early turned his attention to floriculture and upon completing his schooling gave his attention seriously to that vocation. After three years of experience in a floral establishment in Warren county he went to Columbus, where he became employed in the floral department of the Livingston Seed Company and after some further experience there went to Dayton and thence to Xenia, in which latter city, October 27, 1913, he opened a floral shop at 101 West Main street, where he ever since has been engaged in business.

On November 12, 1902, at Harveysburg, this state, Floyd Anderson was united in marriage to Maude Davis, of that place, and to this union has been born one child, a son, D. Carlton Anderson, born on June 21, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are members of the Friends church at Xenia. Mr. Anderson is an independent voter and, fraternally, is affiliated with the local lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Loyal Order of the Moose at Xenia.


From History of Greene County Ohio, Its People, Industries and Institutions, vol. 2. M.A.Broadstone, editor. B.F.Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. 1918