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In 1847 Lars Peter Anderson, now of Sacramento, Cal., was born in Skaane, Sweden. His father, a lifelong sailor, became owner and captain of a coasting vessel which he commanded to the end of his life. Lars Peter was educated in public schools in his native land and at an early age learned the painting and decorating trade, which he has followed with increasing success until the present time. He came to the United States in 1871 and located in Sacramento and his first work here was in the painting room of the repair shops of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. He was soon given charge of the department and worked there two years, then was for some time employed by various persons and concerns until he went into business for himself. For thirty-seven consecutive years he has been at the head of his own enterprise. He has filled contracts for the painting of the State Capitol, the Hales, Weinstock and Lubin residences, the Sutter Club, California National Bank and many other large buildings which rank with the best ever completed in Sacramento. He long has had a partner in his brother, Ludwig Anderson, who arrived in Sacramento from Sweden March 1, 1881, and after working for him a time acquired a half interest in the business.

In 1878 Mr. Anderson married Miss Hannah Matson, a native of Sweden, who came to America with her uncle in 1870. Her father was a large farmer and became active and prominent in politics in Sweden, having been several times elected sheriff of Blekinge Ian. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have two children. George, the elder, who lives in Sacramento, is prominent in musical circles, having studied in Boston, Mass., four years and achieved success as a teacher of the piano; he is now in the piano business in Sacramento. He married Miss Jeanette Baldwin, of Cleveland, Ohio. Elsie, the younger child, lives in Sacramento. Their mother died in September, 1902. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Master Painters' Association, takes a public-spirited interest in the affairs of the city and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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