Looking Back, Feb. 6, 1997
Looking Back, Feb. 6, 1997: Anderson retires after 26 years
After more than 26 years of working for the Quincy School District, Lillian Anderson has decided it is time to hang up the mop.
Anderson started working for the school district in 1971, following the sale of the family farm. She said with one child in school, she and her husband, Art, agreed to go back to work.
“We both felt like we needed to work,” she said. “I decided to go to the school district because I liked the hours and I still had a kid at home. It worked out real good for me.”
Anderson said she enjoyed working with the children and staff at Quincy schools. She started as a cook at Mountain View before transferring to Pioneer. After years as a cook, Anderson moved on to custodial duties at the Quincy Junior High.
Anderson said her best memory was when she first started working at Mountain View. She said they happened to be serving large purple plums with lunch one day. A young first-grade student approached the line and looked at the plums and decided she couldn’t eat them.
“Her eyes got huge and she said ‘I can’t eat those.’ And I said ‘why can’t you?’ ” said Anderson. “And she said ‘Because I’m delirious to them.’ I’ll never forget the look on her face.”
Anderson said she also remembers another student remarking “Those are the biggest raisins I ever saw.”
She said the younger students were fun to work with and she enjoyed spending time with them.
Anderson has worked at all elementary grade levels in the district.
Anderson said her favorite job was as the baker at Pioneer Elementary.