Please join us for a book signing with Carol A. Anderson, author of “Never Move The King”, this coming Sunday - March 2 from 1 to 5 in the Mitchell County Historical Museum located in the Cedar River Complex. The author will be introduced by Gail Kittleson at 2:00 p.m. for a brief presentation followed by a time for questions from the audience. This book is about Carol’s husband, Paul, his parents – Myrtle and Ren Anderson – and his Aunt Carrie Lee. Carol writes about Walt Dietrich’s East End Grocery, climbing the Osage water tower, Fort Severson, Dr. Kellogg, Miss Dockerty, Lowell and Margaret Olsen, Deer Creek, the Soda Grill and Wad Duncan, Osage Police Chief - Zach LaMaster, Sugar Creek, Reverend Clausen, Cedar Valley Seminary, Meroa Creamery, First Lutheran in St. Ansgar, Little Cedar, Stacyville, Sheriff Haberkorn, William Biedermann and “memory lane” for us all. You can ask Carol why her book is titled – “Never Move The King”. This wonderful book is available in Osage at Kountry Kupboard, the Cleveland Turret, MCHS Museum and in St. Ansgar at Home Sweet Home. The cost is $12.00. You can also purchase this book from Carol directly at a cost of $12.00 plus $3.00 for shipping at:
Carol A. Anderson Cottage Creations 4562 Zinnia Ave. St. Ansgar, Iowa 50472
Carol will have “Musings, Memories, Matrimony and More…” available for purchase for $12.00. This book was published in 2008 and is about Carol and her family with a tribute to her brother, Arthur. It is great fun to read about the Christoffersen family and the construction of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage.
Adult beverages, bottled water, hors d’oeuvres prepared by S & S Locker and chocolates will be served during this delightful afternoon with Carol.
Anderson, "natural born storyteller," writes second book
Julie Birkedal for the Press News
With the recent publication of her newest book, "Never Move the King," Carol Anderson tells the story of her husband's family.
'Over the years, the stories from Paul's family have rather intrigued me," she said. "I think he had this idyllic childhood in Osage and I just wanted my kids and my grandkids to know the stories."
Originally from northern Wisconsin, Anderson moved to Osage when her dad was involved in building Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She and Paul dated in high school. They married when they were in college.
After Paul graduated, he got a position teaching at Monona Grove High School near Madison, Wis.
"I loved being back inw Wisconsin," she said.
The Anderson's have four children, Carol was home with their family for 16 years before finishing her college education. She then taught special education for 20 years in Madison.
"He always wanted to come back here," Anderson said.
In July 1993, they returned to Iowa after retiring from teaching. The Andersons live on an acreage on the Worth-Mitchell county line north of Carpenter.
Anderson wrote and published her first collection of family stories, "Musing, Memories, Matrimony and More" in 2009, after the death of her brother, Arthur Christoffersen. He had Down syndrome and lived at Opportunity village.
One of seven children, Anderson was Arthur's legal guardian. She wanted to share her story and record the family stories, so that her children and their cousins would not forget him.
The book was born out of a writing class Anderson took with Gail Kittleson at Turtle Creek Trading Company in St. Ansgar. Although the shop is no longer there, the writing class continues.
" I have found it to be.... very therapeutic," Anderson said. " And one of the things that Gail emphasizes is, "Who's your target audience and what do you want them to know?"
For Anderson, the audience has always been family. Her family books are and answer to pleas from her children to write the stories down.
"My time is my own and I finally have time to do something like this," she said.
One of the early class assignments was to write about something in a room of your childhood home, Anderson recalled. She wrote about the radio and the radio programs the family enjoyed including "Jack Benny" and "Inner Sanctum."
Anderson started working on "Never Move the King" right after finishing the book on her family.
"I would say she kind of got the bug and got hooked on writing. She is already so accomplished at so many things but she just couldn"t stop and this one is her husband's memoirs,: said Kittleson.
"She is a natural born storyteller. She has wonderful sense of humor that I compare with Erma Bombeck, and she sees the cheerful side of things. She is able to process on paper with great clarity, and her sense of humor always comes through."
One story in ther latest book tells of how her husband Paul, then about 8 years old, rescued the family from being completely out of breakfast cereal by taking his red coaster wagon down to Walt Dietrich's east End Grocery where his parents had a charge account. Selecting a box of virtually every cereal in stock, he charged them to his dad before hauling them home.
"If you lived in Osage in the fifties, the municipal water tower at State and Seventh Street seemed to pose the question, 'Are you a gutless kid or a man?' to adolescent boys," she wrote in the chapter "A Little Taller."
In this tall but true tale, she tells of Paul and Mahlon Green's decision to climb the water tower on a moonless night so they could join the ranks of those who had scratched their initials on the top.
On their way down, the police chief apparently stopped to check out a report of activity there. They froze against the ladder and waited in the dark what seemed a long time until he drove off to come down to the ground.
"I think Paul is so modest," Anderson said. "It made me feel good to be able to write down some of the things that he's done."
He read and clarified each chapter with a bit of an "Oh shucks, reaction," she said.
She included in the book a copy of a letter from a former student who graduated 30 years ago but wrote to Paul two years ago to thank him for the teaching and mentoring during high school that ultimately influenced his professional career and life.
One chapter on the "The Builder" details furniture projects and home renovation and additions that are a credit to Paul's organization, skill and education.
Their daughter Kari Anderson, a watercolorist, designed the cover depicting her father as a king in bed as the book's title would suggest.Anderson had the book printed by Innovative Printing in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. , and just got it back about a month ago.
Early in their almost six decades of marriage, Anderson said she had expressed amazement at how easily a neighbor entertained overnight guests. When she and Paul had guests, they'd give up their bedroom only to end up forgetting sock or other item - but only realizing the items until after their guests had gone to bed.
The neighbor told her of an inviolable rule in her home. "Guest bedded anywhere and everywhere, but she 'Never moved the King!"
"Following her advice - from that day until today; I've 'Never Moved the King' again," Anderson Wrote.