From Vienna, Austria to Meade County, Kentucky immigrated the family of William Andreas (Andrew) Ànderhub. He was an organ maker and creator of fine rifles in Vienna. With him and his wife, nee Susannah Hefner, came their children to this foreign country. They were Anna who married Joe Anderson, Andrew, Beverly who married John Parr, Otto who married Jessie LeMaster, and Karl (Charley).
Charley Anderhub (born August 31, 1869 in Austria) was a young man in his late teens when he came from Kentucky to Texas. Two sisters, Beverly and Anna, had arrived here earlier. For a short while he lived with Beverly and family, but in 1889, he rented land from William M. Housewright and began to farm.
Mr. Housewright had several lovely daughters. Among them was Panola Mary (born Wylie July 1, 1873). It was soon obvious that it was Panola who caught Charley’s eye. In 1891 they were married and moved into a house across the road from Nola’s parents.
When Charley wasn’t in the fields, he may be found on the road to Dallas with his Mules and wagon, going for a load of sugar to supply the grocery stores. Sugar came in barrels and it would take him two days to make the trip.
At that time Wylie was called Nickleville. With a friend, Hunter Ferrell, Charley graded the first road from Nickleville to Plano. It took eight mules to pull that grader, but when they finished they had a decent road to haul supplies. Sugar could be shipped to Plano from Dallas, saving time, the wagon, team and Charley.
Charley and Nola’s family was quite large. Each of the six girls had a nickname. There were three boys as well. The children were:
I. HENRIETTA SUSIE (NICK) ANDERHUB was born Nov. 30, 1892 and died March 26, 1971. She is buried in Restland, Dallas. Married January 16, 1916 to August M. Baker, they had two sons, Charles Ovid and Kenneth Baker.
II. LILLIAN BEATRICE (FIDDLE) ANDERHUB was born July 11, 1894 and married A.M. Baker August 24, 1972 following her sister’s death.
III. LOLA VESTI (BOOSE) ANDERHUB was born April 21, 1896 and died Dec. 21, 1986. She is buried in Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas. On April 20, 1921 she married Virgil Levy Corzine. They had one son, Jackie Ray Corzine.
IV. LOTTIE MARIE (HON) ANDERHUB was born September 24, 1899 and died Sept. 12, 1987 and is buried at Restland. On April 19, 1925 she married Emmett Paul Cunningham by whom she had one daughter, Peggy Marilyn Cunningham, who married Billy Wayne Sims.
V. CARL ANDERHUB was born July 10, 1901 and died Sept. 10, 1902. He is buried in the Wylie Cemetery.
VI. MALLIE ERNESTINE (FATS) ANDERHUB was born January 5, 1904 and married Luther Kemp Bell Jan. 15, 1927 in Rockwall. They had one daughter, Janiecia June Bell, who married first Bryan Haskell Howard and second Eben LaRoe.
VII. MELVIN LEON (SLATS) ANDERHUB was born Dec. 8,
1905 and died March 1, 1984 and is buried at Restland, Dallas. He married Laverne Crockett March 11, 1931. Their children were Charley Ray and Sammy Leon Anderhub.
VIII. IVY LOUISE (SISSY BUG) ANDERHUB was born October 4, 1907 and married Eustace Earl Graham in McKinney Nov. 28, 1928. They had one son, Jerry Graham.
IX RILEY RAY ANDERHUB was born Jan. 4, 1910 and died Feb. 8, 1989 and is buried in the Wylie Cemetery. On April 2, 1949 he married Frances Jean Boyce. Their three children are Phyllis Jean who married Keith Edwin Wagner, Stephen who married Debra Kay Deckard and Susan who married Danny Ray McBride.
Although the whole family worked the farm, it wasn’t unheard of that the family would go to a neighbors to help “give a hand.” They made their own fun as well as food. What they couldn’t grow, Charley tried to provide. A nephew, Charley Wallace, once recalled that there was always a stalk of bananas hanging in Uncle Charley’s house. Trips to the Collin County Fair at McKinney was an annual event. That meant camping out. If one of the children got separated, they would stop and listen for Charley’s laugh and look for his big white hat.
One did not have to wait long for Charley’s laugh. He believed relaxation with good fun following hard work. His brother-in-law, Jick Housewright, and he found many ways to supply enjoyment. Nola was the disciplinarian. Charley never laid hand on the children. The children had the best of both worlds.
At Easter Nola would take her daughters to Mathew’s Dry Goods Plano. At the back Mrs. Mathews and her daughter had a millinery shop. It was there that Nola and daughters got their Easter bonnets. Often they were returned and retrimmed to be made ready for another season.
Nola taught her daughters the finer things of life, including the art of putting the best of meals on the table, and the table always had room for one more. Often a “Come to dinner” was issued by Charley to relatives, friends and even passer-bys, especially after Sunday services. Some stayed for the night. The Watkins salesman stayed at Charley’s and Nola’s on his route through the country.
As they grew older, some of the work at the Anderhub farm was done by a “hired hand”, but Charley never retired. Grandchildren tagged after him because he showed his love for them. It wasn’t to see him rocking two at the same time.
He and Nola spent their lives in Wylie. If they ever thought of leaving, they certainly failed to speak of it. This was home to Nola. She was born here. It was home to Charley, too. He had come a long way from Germany to arrive “at home.” Charley passed away Dec. 8, 1939 and ola followed him on Nov. 16, 1957. Both are buried at Wylie Cemetery.
Photo was taken about 1878 in Vienna, austria before immigration to the U. S. Shown are Anna Anderhub who married Joe Anderson, andrew Anderhub, Otto Anderhub, who married Jessie LeMaster, Beverly Anderhub who married John Parr, and Charley Anderhub who married Panola Housewright. Seated is the mother, Susannah Anderhub.
Photo courtesy Jacklyn Anderhub. Text courtesy Beb Fulkerson for Wylie Area Heritage, 1990.