History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California Volume 2 Title Page

Biography of S. Peter Anderson of Salinas California

S. Peter Anderson was born February 24, 1867, near Helsingborg, Sweden, a son of Thoed and Christine ( Sorenson) Anderson. He was reared on a farm, attended the common schools,and at the age of eighteen years came to the United States, and direct to San Francisco. Not finding employment to his liking in that city, he went on to Salinas, where he joined his cousin, John Ober, who had come to California from Sweden some fifteen years before. He remained with his cousin for about a year, after which he was employed for some time as a farm hand. Learning that an old Spanish land grant of several hundred acres was for sale, he assisted in forming a syndicate for its purchase, and in the division was allotted fifty-five acres as his share.

Mr. Anderson is a fair representative of the Scandinavian peoples, who have done so much to develop certain sections of our country. Moving to his new farm, he engaged in raising grain and hay. He has also set out a pear orchard of twenty-three acres, the trees of which are coming into bearing. In addition to his own land he rents some from a neighbor and cultivates it every year. His own farm has good buildings and has been brought to a high state of productiveness through his industry and good management.

In September, 1904, Mr. Anderson was married to Miss Annabelle Scott, a native of Nebraska, and they have two sons : Carl, aged fifteen, and Harry, aged thirteen. Mr. Anderson is a director in the Salinas City Bank and his fraternal relations are with the Foresters of America.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California’s history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925.

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