Louis Anderson and Bill Ashworth standing on Harry Keefer's porch in July 1913
(Source: Magnetic Isle)
(1867-1927) A logger, carpenter, and miner who was born in Malo, Sweden, he immigrated to BC in 1891, and moved to Savary in 1899, becoming its third permanent resident, after the murdered John Green and Tom Taylor.
In 1905 he built the aptly named Anderson house — the second house built on the island after John Green's cabin.
He moved in there with his wife Irene and their young children (Jim, Andre, and Terry). In 1907 their daughter Sylvia was born, becoming the first Caucasian born on Savary.
1. "In the February 12, 1910 Daily Province, an article by George Johnstone Ashworth described Lewis Anderson as :
"The Robinson Crusoe of the Island", "a monarch of all he surveys": "Irene and Lewis Anderson ... turned out to be the soul of hospitality, and at considerable inconvenience to themselves, insisted on putting up the entire party for the period of their stay .... After the party enjoyed a hearty meal we proceeded in Lewis' launch, the 'Sylvy' named after his baby girl, the apple of his eye, to Indian Point at the extreme western end, where a most interesting afternoon was spent in examining the ruins of the old fort, and in taking photographs of it from different vantage spots."
(Source: Rootsweb - Family Tree of Angie and Brad Erickson 2003)
2. Ansel Aho is Louis Anderson's grandson.
3. In this Encyclopedia, he's referred to as Louis, but on his crown grant application for DL 1373, he signed he called himself Lewis.