Rose Garden PhotographsEdith Maude (Haggard) Anderson was born April 7, 1880, in Springfield, Brown County, Minnesota, to Henry and Lucy (Sammer) Haggard. She had auburn hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. She had one sister, Agnes.

Edith attended Northwestern Christian College in Excelsior, Minnesota, for one year in 1898 where she met William Melvin Anderson.  She taught school for six years in Minnesota, while Bill served in the Spanish-American War and worked in Montana and Arizona.  They were married February 28, 1906, in Excelsior.  Their wedding trip to Bisbee, Arizona Territory, is documented in a letter to the editor in The Minnetonka Record on April 20, 1906 where Edith wrote in part: “Our house is up on the mountain side.  It is a pretty sight after dark to look down over the city and see its thousands of electric lights glimmering in the darkness.  The city is built much like Duluth, only a good deal more so.  There are ten flights of steps from the high road, to the middle road and each flight has from 15 to 20 steps.  Tired, did you say?  I guess so, especially when you have come from down town and done a good deal of climbing before it became steep enough to have steps.”

Their first child, Alice Mildred, was born December 12, 1906, in Bisbee.  They left Bisbee in April 1907 and moved to Tombstone where Bill found work with the Tombstone Consolidated Mines Company.  Their second child, Kenneth Robert, was born June 19, 1908, in Tombstone.  In 1911 they moved to the Globe area.  Edith and family went to the Roosevelt Dam dedication on March 18, 1911.  Her daughter, Alice, remembered President Roosevelt wearing a rose and telling the crowd how to pronounce his name correctly as “Roseavelt” not “Rooseavelt.”  She was about five years old then.  The third member of the family, Dorothy Mabel, was born October 26, 1912.  It was a normal birth, but Dorothy had a learning disability.  Years later it was traced to a case of the measles Edith had while pregnant with Dorothy.

The rest of their lives were spent at 340 North Street, Globe.  Bill had some residual medical problems from his tour in the military and had lost a finger while working for the railroad in Montana, so he had trouble getting work.  They inherited some funds, invested in rental properties and were able to send two of their children to college. 

Edith was an active citizen of Globe where she was belonged to the following organizations:  Noftsger Hill Parent Teacher Association for forty-four years; the Globe Chapter 27 Order of Eastern Star; Daughters of the American Revolution, and the United Spanish American War Benefit Association, which she served as national president.  She had many interests including coins, stamps, mineral and rock collections, genealogy and photography. She also played the piano and organ for church and other organizations. 

Edith died July 11, 1967, in Globe and was buried in the Masonic Section of the Globe Cemetery. Her husband predeceased her and died February 10, 1959.  He was also buried in the Masonic Section of the Globe Cemetery.

Donors: Nancy and Ed Buell, 2015
Photo Located: RGC MS-39, Box A, F-Anderson, Edith (Haggard)
Updated: 7/13/2015, D. Sue Kissel