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The congenial environment and profitable labors that have characterized the identification of Mr. Andrew with Sacramento county form a striking contrast to the scenes and privations incident to his early experiences in life. The place where he was born December 22, 1864, was a farm on Prince Edward Island, lying near the mouth of the St. Lawrence river and in the gulf of the same name, not far from the storm-tossed shores of Nova Scotia and equally close to the province of New Brunswick. The imagination will readily comprehend the isolation and loneliness of his youth, the lack of educational advantages and the necessity of arduous labor to secure a subsistence. The death of his mother when he was a very small child made his loneliness the more noticeable, for he was taken into the home of relatives and deprived of the companionship of those whom he had held most dear.

When manhood brought the possibilities of a change into the life of Mr. Andrew he sought the opportunities of the vast west and during 1889 arrived in California, where he became one of the very first settlers in the Orangevale colony. With a brother as a partner he bought twenty acres of unimproved land. Working together, they brought ten acres under cultivation to varied fruits and planted the other ten in oranges. Ultimately William J. acquired the brother's interest, since, which time he has built a substantial packing house and four buildings, thus transforming the once unimproved tract into a beautiful homestead. Few men of the colony are more familiar with citrus culture than he, and it has been one of his specialties to bud and propagate orange trees. In addition to managing and packing his own oranges, he has taken charge of ranches owned by others, packing and shipping their oranges. Without question he is one of the men to whose energy the development of Orangevale is due, and very justly he has an enviable reputation in the district.

In his marriage Mr. Andrew became connected with an honored pioneer family of Sacramento county. At Orangevale, December 22, 1893, be was united with Miss Maude Camfield, who was born near Sacramento and reared and educated in this county. Sbe is the, daughter of E. D. and Mary (Frame) Camfield, natives of New York" and Indiana respectively. Both crossed the plains with ox teams. The father died in 1890 and the mother resides in Orangevale. One child, Vera, blesses the union of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew. The family are active members of the Orangevale Methodist Episcopal church and contribute not only to its maintenance, but also to the support of many other movements for the upbuilding of the locality and the advancement of the community religiously, morally and educationally. In political views Mr. Andrew is a Republican of the progressive type and a participant in public affairs, but at no time a candidate for office. One of the organizations in which for years he has been interested is the Grange, but there are also many other enterprises and organizations of value to the country in which he bears a decided interest. A man of sterling worth and unquestioned integrity, he maintains the confidence of the community and has many warm friends in the district. 

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