M. M. Anderson
The life of this man, though he has not been continually in active marine service, has been and still is closely connected with the industry of the Great Lakes. He is a son of Henry and Elmire (McDonald) Anderson, both of whom were natives of Canada, and was born February 12, 1865, at Ogdensburg, N. Y. Henry Anderson came to the United States early in life and died in the year of 1884, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of ninety-two years. He spent the greater part of his life engaged in farming. His wife survived until 1891.
At his native place Mr. M. M. Anderson lived until he was seventeen years of age, having attended school up to that time. He now felt a strong inclination for marine life, which he gratified by shipping on the Albans, as fireman, and there he remained one season, going on the Champlain the following year to accept a similar position. He then acted as fireman on the Michigan one season, and the following year transferred to the Lawrence. He also served as fireman upon the Garden City, which was new at the time, on her first trip to Toledo, thence going to Ogdensburg, N. Y., and from the latter place he came to Cleveland, where he shipped on the tug Gregory when she was first brought to that port from South Frankfort. After one year's service as fireman he rose to second engineer and finally became chief. Until 1895 he was employed upon the tugs Allie May, Castle and Curtiss, and then accepted the position of stevedore with his brother, Capt. George Anderson, who was in the employ of C. H. Tucker, which he still retains.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.