John Francis Anderson Sr.

John Francis Anderson Sr.

Crosses, Madison County, Arkansas, USA
Death 15 Nov 1993 (aged 89)
Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Cristus Garden-32A-01.
Memorial ID 118859805 · View Source
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John Francis Anderson

John and family moved to Muskogee, purchasing what was then Ellis Distributing Company, and started the family owned business, in a fifty-foot street-front building at 114 Callahan Street. The business opened with an inventory of $8500 and two employees. J.T.'s younger brother, John F. Anderson Jr., joined the management of the company following his schooling at Oklahoma Christian College, Bartlesville, now in Oklahoma City.

They operated there in additional storefronts and garage space with 63 employees until building a new 100,000 square foot warehouse and office facilities at 2211 West Shawnee in 1961. A special section of the Sunday Phoenix and Times-Democrat was printed to mark the occasion of their opening.

A service-merchandising operation, they sold and delivered health and beauty aids, sundries, housewares, and automotive items to grocery and convenience stores. When the business closed in 2007, it employed 200 people.


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  • Added: 17 Oct 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 118859805
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Francis Anderson Sr. (6 Nov 1904–15 Nov 1993), Find a Grave Memorial no. 118859805, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Rick (contributor 47828084) .