|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1853|
|Death: ||Aug. 13, 1946|
Los Angeles County
Joseph was friends with Wild Bill Hickok and was very upset at the incorrect portrayal of him upon seeing the movie about him in his later years. And so he wrote his memoirs in his declining years. His daughter saw that the book was published. William B. Secrest researched and edited the book which was titled: "I Buried Hickok" - Memoirs of White Eye Anderson.
"For some reason Anderson used the name "John" instead of his given name Joseph and even his own famiy wasn't aware of this name change until he had occasion to sign some legal papers in the early 1940's. He had always been "John" Anderson to his family and friends and his wife and children were quite surprised to discover that his name was really "Joseph".
Chapter 1: "I was born on September 2, 1853, in a log house on a little farm in Millersburg, Ohio. My mother died when I was a few days old, and I was adopted by my Aunt Sarah and her husband, James Haines. They had no children of their own. I was the youngest of eight children and was petted, pampered and spoiled until I became a sickly youngster."
The book is rich with details about the life of Joseph F. Anderson alias Oyster Johnny and White Eye. He came by the name of White Eye after an event where he and Yankee Judd were sent to investigate some streams for beaver and otter. They became surrounded by Indians who upon not being able to overtake them set fire to the tall dead grass. The wind at their backs they ran into a big buffalo wallow full of water - about a half acre of it about a foot deep. They turned their horses loose never seeing them again and Joseph lay flat down in the water with his soldier's overcoat over his head. When he thought the fire had passed he uncovered his face and raised up to take a look. The air was full of burning buffalo chips and one that was just a live coal of fire struck him in the face over his left eye creating an extremely painful injury. They went to a camp where they knew friendly Indians. "Old Peter" a sub-chief there had his old medicine man tend to him who used a thick plaster made out of buffalo manure, roots, blue mushy clay. The new hair that grew in on his eyebrow was white and very noticeable. The old medicine man stood before all the Indians and told them that the Great Spirit had marked him and that mark would protect him.
James A Anderson (1809 - 1866)
Phebe Ann Booth Anderson (1858 - 1944)
Joseph Foster Moore Anderson (1853 - 1946)
John Fletcher Anderson (1859 - 1936)*
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Los Angeles County
Created by: MarjisAngels
Record added: Nov 03, 2010
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