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The capable supervision of the present chief is bringing the gratification of satisfactory returns to the fire department of Sacramento. Ambitious to develop a plant worthy of the municipality, he has devoted every energy with intense eagerness to the securing of needed improvements. The capable labors of his predecessors in office have been supplemented by his own arduous and unremitting application to the management of the department. The results of his efforts are apparent in the increased efficiency of the plant. There are many people in the city who assert that the position has never had an incumbent more energetic, more sagacious and more trust- worthy than is Mr. Anderson, who with justice may feel proud nf the appreciation given to his work in the city's behalf.

The county of Sacramento has been the lifelong home of Mr. Anderson, and his father, Hartford Anderson, held a prominent place among the pioneer residents in the vicinity of Folsom. His brother, Judge W. A. Anderson, of Sacramento, also crossed the plains with the father in 1849. Charles W. Anderson's birth occurred July 5, 1867. As a boy he had the advantage of instruction under Professor Blanchard in the public schools. Leaving school in 1882 he secured work as a laborer on a ranch near Folsom, where he remained for one year. Next he undertook to learn the blacksmith's trade, but at the expiration of six months his health became impaired and he was forced to relinquish all activities. An enforced idleness of six months during which time he remained with his father, enabled him to regain his former strength. As soon as able to work he learned the trade of a tinsmith and afterward followed it as a journeyman until 1887, when he became an apprentice in the state printing office at Sacramento. Seven years were spent in that office, the period sub- sequent to his apprenticeship being spent in regular work for wages.

Upon his return to Folsom in 1894 Mr. Anderson engaged as a tinsmith for Brown & Yaeger, but that place he resigned in 1895, when he returned to Sacramento and entered the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company as a tinsmith. When he resigned that post in August of 1910 it was in order that he might accept the responsible duties as chief of the fire department, to which he had been appointed by Mayor Beard. In entering his new tasks he showed the energy, tact, and determination characteristic of him in previous business associations, and his service up to the present time has been marked by the steady growth of the department and its continued immediate response to all alarms. Not only has the chief proved a resourceful fire-fighter, but in addition he makes many suggestions as to prevention of fires and watches closely all of the extra hazardous fire risks, believing that no service is of greater value to any municipality than the prevention of such serious catastrophes.

The marriage of Mr. Anderson and Miss Louisa Meyer took place at Folsom, Sacramento county, August 16, 1893, and has been blessed with two children, Carl W. and Ruth Louisa, both of whom have received superior educational advantages in the high schools of Sacramento. The Republican party has received the consistent and steadfast support of Mr. Anderson ever since he attained his majority and cast his first ballot. Fraternally he not only has maintained an active connection with the Loyal Order of Moose, but also has been a prominent local worker in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is past noble grand of Eldorado Lodge No. 8. Both of these fraternities receive his generous assistance in their charitable undertakings and he has further given helpful aid to general measures for the common good. He is also a member of the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs. His interest in the welfare and progress of his native county is particularly keen. In his opinion no movement is too arduous, no enterprise too great for local support provided the prosperity of the community thereby is enhanced. 

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