|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1898|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1993|
Anderson Island wasn't named for Christine Anderson, but nearly all on the island knew of her.
Anderson, who died at age 95, was a lifelong resident, community leader and one of the island's last ranchers.
''If there was anything on the island to be done, she did it,'' said nephew Norm Anderson, a former University of Puget Sound geology professor and Tacoma School Board member. ''She was a pretty amazing woman.''
Christine Anderson was born on Anderson Island in 1898 and lived there until failing health forced her to move to a caretaker home in Lakewood in 1991, he said. She died April 21.
Anderson's parents were among the last generation of original island settlers. They moved to Anderson Island when Washington still was a territory and made gill-netting and farming their livelihood. According to history books, settler Charles Wilkes named the island in 1841 for a different Anderson - Alexander Anderson, a Scotsman who worked at nearby Fort Steilacoom.
Christine Anderson was perhaps more well-known on the island by her first name, friends say. For many years, she raised poultry and cows on her farm, selling the eggs and cream on the mainland, Norm Anderson said.
''She was one of the last working ranchers on the island,'' he said. ''That's how people made a living out there - raising chickens and selling eggs.''
She also was a member of the island's social club, community club and historical society, among other groups.
She and her brother, Andrew, were instrumental in bringing electricity to the island in 1961. An island park is named for the late Andrew Anderson, who served on the Anderson Island park board.
''They were community leaders,'' Norm Anderson said.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 8 at the Anderson Island Community Club.
Anderson is survived by nephews Norm of Tacoma and Randy of Anderson Island, and several grandnephews and grandnieces. The family suggests donations to the Anderson Island Historical Society.
News Tribune, The (Tacoma, WA)
Date: April 30, 1993
Note: dau of Erik Andersen
Anderson Island Cemetery
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Record added: Mar 11, 2001
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