Cyrus Hilary Anderson.
From: History of Illinois, pub. 1927, p. 222

               Many of the most skilled physicians and surgeons of Illinois are devoting their talents and energies to special lines of work connected with their calling, in this way rendering a better service than they feel they could do it they confined themselves to a private practice.  The work of the medical men is the highest form of service to humanity, and those who take their obligations seriously strive to produce the most lasting results for the greatest number.  Dr. Cyrus Hilary Anderson, late superintendent of the Anna State Hospital for the Insane, and now associated with the Watertown State Hospital of East Moline, Illinois, is one of the members of the medical profession who has given much time and thought to the treatment of those whose minds are disordered, and his appointment to these institutions was felt to be a long step forwarding the securing for them the best of care and treatment.

               Doctor Anderson was born at McLeansboro, Illinois, September 15, 1869, a son of John T. and Martha E. (Patrick) Anderson.  His paternal grandparents were Edmund and Nancy (Turrentine) Anderson, natives of Illinois, and his maternal grandparents were Hilary and Martha Patrick, natives of Tennessee.  John T. Anderson was born in Hamilton County, Illinois, near McLeansboro, and his wife was born in Tennessee.  They were married at McLeansboro Illinois, and settled on a farm in its vicinity, where they continued to resident until his death in 1912.  She survives her husband and makes her home at McLeansboro, where she is held in high esteem.  Mr. Anderson was one of the solid men of his community, and in his death a good citizen is lost.

               Growing up within a strictly Christian environment, Doctor Anderson was taught habits of thrift and industry which he has never forgotten, and was sent to the local schools through the high school course.  Early displaying scholarly instincts, he was encouraged by his watchful parents to develop his talents, and he entered the Southern Illinois College, where he secured the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts.  Subsequently he took his medical training at the Missouri Medical College, and was graduated there from with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.  In later years he took two post-graduate courses in New York City.  In 1898 Doctor Anderson established himself in a general practice at McLeansboro, where he remained until 1907.  In the meanwhile he had given considerable attention to diseases of the mind, and contributed papers upon this subject to different medical JOURNALS.  Attention was attracted toward him because of his success in handling such cases, and in 1907 he was appointed managing officer of the Chester Illinois State Hospital, and immediately entered upon the discharge of his duties.  His work in this institution is a splendid record of his skill and knowledge, as well as his sympathetic understanding of the people placed in his charge.  Kindness, tempered with judicious firmness, without any harshness, has always characterized his relations with the mentally diseased, and his patients have always improved under his ministrations.  In 1913 he resigned his position with the Chester institution, and, returning to McLeansboro, resumed his private practice.  The need for men of his experience, however, was too great for him to remain out of the field for which his studies and experience so eminently fit him, and in 1917 he was induced to accept appointment at the Anna State Hospital.  In this connection he duplicated his success at Chester, and added to the laurels already won.  Recently Doctor Anderson was transferred from the Anna State Hospital, Anna, Illinois, to the Watertown State Hospital, East Moline, Illinois.  The transfer was made May 15, 1926.  Doctor Anderson is an accepted expert along the lines he has been following, and recently read a much-discussed paper before the meeting of the Psychological Society at its annual convention at Richmond, Virginia.  He is oftentimes called as an expert alienist in criminal cases all over the country.

               On August 16, 1893, Doctor Anderson married Mary E. Williams, who was born in Hamilton County, Illinois, a daughter of Rev. G. W. Williams, also a native of Hamilton County.  Doctor and Mrs. Anderson have had the following children born to them: Ruth, who is at home; Winfield Scott, who died at the age of twenty-one years; and Anna, who is the wife of Dr. C. M. Rile, a dental surgeon of Chicago, Illinois.  Doctor Anderson has always been very active in the Republican Party, and for years was chairman of the County Central Committee of Hamilton County, and was a member of the Board of Education of McLeansboro.  He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.  After going to Anna he associated himself with its Rotary Club, in which he took a forceful part.  The Hamilton County Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society, the American Medical Society, the Southern Illinois Medical Society and the American Psychological Association all hold his membership.  Very high in Masonry, he has been advanced in that order to the thirty-second degree.

Note: From Legacy of Kin, Vol. 1, p. 409
Pub.: Times-Leader, January 12, 1939
Dr. C. H. Anderson, age 70 yrs, b. Ham. Co.; d. at Elgin, Ill., resident staff physician at Elgin State Hosp.; son of Capt. & Mrs. John Anderson.  Leaves widow: Florence; 2 daus.: Miss Ruth Anderson of Chicago & Mrs. Ann Rile of Rock Island; 1 bro.: Harry Anderson of McLeansboro.

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