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Elmer Anderson

Conservationist ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

It has been said that everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. Elmer Anderson saw the beauty of the world and made it his passion to preserve and share it with others. Elmer graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1946, then went on to the Army (and actually served as a guard for Dr Wernher Von Braun, the German scientist who developed the V2 rocket). After his service, Elmer attended Garfield Business School and worked at J&L Steel for the next 35 years. But he also began to develop a strong passion for the outdoors, writing articles about nature; he soon became one of the areaís best known outdoors writers, serving as a regular contributor to the Pennsylvania Game News, Outdoor People Magazine, and Field and Stream, and in 1979 he became outdoors coordinator for the Beaver County Times. While many of his articles revolved around hunting and fishing, Elmer was very concerned about conservation and was one of the trailblazers who first brought attention to the acid mine drainage problem at Raccoon Creek. Elmer served as Public Relations Director and Secretary for the Beaver County Conservation League, was also instrumental in the organization of Youth Fishing Day, and was an active member in several organizations, like the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the National Rifle Association, and the National Wildlife Federation. He was also past president and honorary lifetime member of the Aliquippa Bucktails. Elmer received several awards: the Wildlife Conservation Award from the State Game Commission, the Conservation Award from the State Fish Commission, and the Outdoors Award from the Beaver County Conservation League. He also served as a delegate for the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmenís Club and took great pride in co-hosting a radio talk show.