By Adam Strunk
Anderson’s Book and Office Supply was packed, almost up to the balcony for its 130th-anniversary celebration.
The local business community showed up for an event the Newton Chamber of Commerce helped organize for Newton’s oldest continuously running store.
“When Pam suggested this, I poo-poo’ed it,” owner Phil Anderson said. “I suggested planning a 150th anniversary, but Pam was a bit worried about that.”
Anderson, who will be 90 in August, is the fourth generation of his family to operate the business.
His great-grandfather originally started selling papers before purchasing buildings and putting the business down the path to become what it is today.
Anderson’s moved into its current location at 627 N. Main in 1938.
Son Murray thanked the crowd for attending and said it was wonderful that his dad was still able to come in six days a week and work at the store.
Anderson’s previously hosted a large community event for its 125th anniversary.
“I can’t believe it’s been five years,” Anderson said.