California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
MARK D. ANDERSON is prominently identified with the fruit packing industry in Riverside County, where he is secretary and manager of the Orange Heights Fruit Association, the modern packing house of which is established at the intersection of Main Street and the tracks of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad at Corona.
The Orange Heights Fruit Association was organized in 1905, on October 7th of which year it was incorporated with a capital stock of $25,000 and with the following named officers : F. F. Thompson, president; L. A. Fink, secretary; and the First National Bank of Corona as treasurer. The new corporation purchased the packing house of the Faye Fruit Company, and promptly proceeded with the rebuilding and remodeling of the plant. On the 31st of August, 1914, the capital stock was increased to $50,000, and the following officers were elected : W. C. Barth, president ; J. C. Read, secretary ; Corona National Bank, treasurer. The officers of the association at the opening of the year 1922 are as here noted : J. B. Cook, president ; L. A. Fink, vice president; Mark D. Anderson, secretary and manager ; Corona National Bank, treasurer. The packing house gives an aggregate floor space of 193,500 square feet, the facilities are of the most approved type, and at the plant employment is given to seventy-five persons, while in the fields during the fruit-packing season the association has an average of 150 employes. The association handles fruit from 1,100 acres, its property investment represents fully $150,000 and its indebtedness is only $8,000, so that its affairs are in a most prosperous condition and its influence large in connection with the fruit industry in this section of the state.
Mark D. Anderson was born in Morgan County, Ohio, on the 1st of June, 1880, and is a son of Adelbert A. and Mary Catherine (De Voile) Anderson. Mr. Anderson was a child at the time of the family removal to Bourbon County, Kentucky, where he attended the public schools. Later he attended the McConnelsville Normal School at McConnelsville, Ohio, after which he read law in the office of Kinzies Porter of Zanesville, that state. At Zanesville he finally became manager of the business of the F. E. Hemmer Company, manufacturing confectioners and wholesale dealers in fruit and produce. Prior to taking up the study of law he had given three years of successful service as a teacher in the public schools in Bourbon County, Kentucky, and at Zanesville, Ohio. He continued his connection with F. E. Hemmer Company three years, and thereafter was associated with the wholesale commission business in the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this connection he came to California in the capacity of purchasing agent. In 1904 he here became associated with Arthur Gregory, who was then general manager of the Mutual Orange Distributors at Redlands. Within a short time thereafter Mr. Anderson became manager of the Carlsbad Guano & Fertilizer Company, in which connection he was in active service two years at Carlsbad, New Mexico, his executive duties involving considerable travel in Mexico. Upon his return to California he assumed the position of district manager of the Mutual Orange Distributors, and with this corporation he continued his alliance, in various capacities, until 1919, when he became the incumbent of his present dual office of secretary and manager of the Orange Heights Fruit Association.
Mr. Anderson is a valued member of the Corona Chamber of Commerce, is a director of the Queen Colony Fruit Exchange, and the Exchange Orange Producers Company, is a republican in politics, and is a member of the Corona Country Club.
In 1900 Mr. Anderson wedded Miss Myrtle O'Brannon, of McConnelsville, Ohio, and the two children of this union, I. M. and Madeline, reside at Zanesville, Ohio. The present marriage of Mr. Anderson was solemnized in January, 1917, when Miss Daisy Helen Moberly, of Wichita, Kansas, became his wife. They have no children.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011