James Wilson "Scotty" Anderson
James Wilson "Scotty" Anderson passed away on April 12, 2013, at Evanston Regional Hospital.
He was born Aug. 26, 1915, in Evanston. He was an only child to his parents, Jean
Wilson (Anderson) and Peter B. Anderson, both of Scotland. His father was an engineer
for the railroad, and moved with his family to the United States, where they later settled in
Jimmy was befriended by a Mormon family, P.G. Matthews, who was a bishop. He had twin sons, who were Jimmy's cohorts in adventure. Bishop Matthews was the person to nickname him Scotty, as Jimmy was very proud of his Scottish heritage.
Jimmy was a first class Boy Scout and a member of the Union Presbyterian Church of
Jimmy graduated from Evanston High School in 1933 with what was considered one of
Evanston's most outstanding classes, with 57 senior graduates.
Jimmy was very physically active most of his life, excelling in sports. He loved playing
basketball, tennis and playing shortstop for the town of Evanston baseball team.
His activity gradually decreased with his years, but he was noted for walking all about
town, and that he had neither driven a car nor had a driver’s license.
Jimmy was employed with Blyth & Fargo starting in 1931 as a janitor, and assisting in the
men's department. He eventually worked every aspect of the store, including purchasing,
window trimmings and managing the men's department. He retired in 1980 after 49 years
of service, including a four-year break to serve his county as a sergeant in the United States Army
in World War II, in the South Pacific Theater in the 455th Pacific aboard an amphibious
He was also a founding charter member of the VFW in Evanston.
Jimmy's father passed away in 1937, and Jimmy elected to stay single and care for his
mother; she passed away in 1965. Jimmy then occupied his time with traveling to
Scotland and Europe and, in the spring, going to Phoenix, Ariz., with his cousins Gene
and Beth Anderson, to watch the Chicago Cubs as well as other baseball team tryouts and
spring training warm ups.
Jimmy has devoted his life to the city of Evanston and watching it prosper, in hopes that
when he has passed his legacy would far surpass his lifetime. Jimmy didn't have a
family of his own, but made several friends over the years who became like family to him.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, at 2 p.m., in the Union Presbyterian Church.
Friends may call at the Crandall Funeral Home from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Interment with military honors will be in the Evanston City Cemetery.