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The early recollections of Mr. Anderson are associated pleasantly with the prosperous city of Ribe, lying on the banks of the stream of the same name not far from the point where the tumultuous waves of the North Sea dash against the isolated coast of Denmark. That same thrifty town of Ribe is his native place, and he was born Marcli 7, 1859, son of Nelson and Annie M. Anderson, lifelong residents of the Danish kingdom. While the associations of his childhood were principally Scandinavian, there was some intermingling with representatives of the Teutonic race, for quite near the Ribe was the province of Schleswig-Holstein, whose original Danish residents had been replaced to some extent by German farmers. There were excellent national schools at Ribe and in them he acquired a fair knowledge of the three R's, but at the age of fourteen he discontinued the study of text-books for the complicated processes incident to acquiring a knowledge of a trade. The calling to which he served an apprenticeship was that of cabinet- maker and in it he gained considerable skill under the capable oversight of skilled masters of the craft.

Crossing the ocean to the United States during 1881 at the age of twenty-two years Mr. Anderson settled temporarily in Boston, Mass., where he secured employment as a cabinet-maker. In 1883 he came west as far as Milwaukee, Wis., and there spent six months as an employe in cabinet-making. From that city he proceeded to California and settled in Sacramento, where he entered the Southern Pacific Railroad shops as a cabinet-maker. Eleven busy years were spent in those shops and afterward he spent one year in the planing mill operated by Pierson, Amson & Burnett. Next he engaged as a cabinet-maker in the planting mill conducted by Christopher Sutter. At the expiration of two years he resigned that position and began to take building contracts, which business he conducted with fair success during the next ten years. Eventually he discontinued the taking of contracts in order to engage again in the planing-mill business, and since then he has operated a mill that furnishes employment to twelve experienced men. Evidence of his right reputation as a cabinet-maker appears in the fact that leading citizens, in erecting fine residences, have looked to him for suggestions along that line and have bought material from his mill. In addition to providing material for many residences, he furnished that used in the German Lutheran Church of this city.

Upon becoming a citizen of the United States and having studied the Republican form of government as exercised in our country, Mr. Anderson affiliated himself with the Republican party, and ever since he has been stanch in his advocacy of its principles. Reared in the Lutheran faith and confirmed in that denomination during early years, he still retains an earnest and faithful devotion to its doctrines. Fraternally he holds membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and also has been prominently connected with the organization Dania in Sacramento, being now a trustee of the lodge. At the time of his removal to California he was unmarried, his union to Fredericka Joraas having been solemnized in this city April 13, 1886. They are the parents of four children. The eldest, Miss Alma, is a talented musician and teaches that art in Sacramento. The Misses Freda and Edith are at home, the former a graduate of Howe's Business College and the latter being now a high-school student. The only son, Alf. C, is attending the public schools of this city. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011