Anita King was born Anna Keppen in Michigan City on Aug. 14, 1884. She was the seventh of nine children born to Herman and Matilda Jipp Keppen, who had emigrated from Germany in 1872.
After trying to make a living for his large family on their sand farm near the Indiana Dunes, her father committed suicide when Anna was 12. Two years later, her mother died of pulmonary tuberculosis. Tragically, Anna and her siblings had become impoverished orphans.