One of Karl Anderson’s many cartoons that poked fun at local luminaries.

Every once in a while I come across an interesting illustration that raises questions about the scene because of the subject matter. There are enough questions, but not any explanations of what prompted this drawing of three Menomonie business men.

This drawing includes Menomonie banker William Kraft, appearing here seated in the chair, and two local attorneys, Carl Peterson, center, with Ira Slocumb on the right.

The artist was Karl Anderson, a former druggist in Menomonie who went on to work as a traveling salesman for a drug manufacturer. He was a fine salesman who found cartooning to be a relaxing pastime.

Anderson was especially talented in drawing cartoons that had a personal and local focus — most of them poking fun at local people and places. Fortunately he appears to have succeeded ... without being sued.

John Russell, a retired local photographer and Dunn County resident, writes a weekly column for The Dunn County News. He is curator emeritus

of the Dunn County Historical Soci



Dunn County News Editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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