Russell Waldo Anderson, 23, carpenter, helped to rescue William H. Cashman, 34, boatswain’s mate, and Earl F. Sampson, 21, Coast Guardsman, from drowning, Manomet, Massachusetts, March 10, 1928. (See case of JOHN F. HORGAN.) Anderson, who was not in good physical condition when he started to the rescue, was tired and chilled when he reached shore.
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Russell Waldo Anderson, 67, of Manomet, Mass., a self-employed registered architect, was found dead in his home on July 13, 1972. Anderson had been active in his work up until the time of his death.
Anderson was well known throughout the community for having designed or remodeled many municipal buildings, among them the Plymouth Town Office Building, the Plymouth-Carver High School, the Manomet Elementary School, and the Manomet Fire Station. He also designed a beach pavilion, which was to be placed on White Horse Beach, but in 1971 the town meeting did not vote the funds.
Anderson had also worked on the First Baptist Church on Westerly Road and the Christian Science Church, once the Cold Spring School. He also designed many homes in the town as well as the Plymouth-Home National Bank buildings in both Kingston and Manomet, and the White Cliffs of Plymouth restaurant. Anderson was a prolific writer of Plymouth history and was often called on the give information from his own research.
During his lifetime he was honored twice for having saved people from drowning in the ocean off Manomet. He received a 12-guage Parker gun from the Churchill Landing Committee for the rescue of Roderick McKee from drowing on Aug. 2, 1926, and the Carnegie Medal for assisting in the rescue of William H. Cashman and Earl F. Sampson on March 10, 1928.
Anderson was born in Plymouth on Feb. 9, 1905, the son of James and Angie (Holmes) Anderson. He graduated from Plymouth High School just 50 years ago this month. He was also a graduate of Wentworth Institute and became a registered architect in 1954.
During World War II he worked as a civilian employee in the Army Engineers, traveling to Newfoundland and other places.
He was buried in the Manomet Cemetery.
(Edited from an obituary provided by a family member.)