California Genealogy and History Archives
Sacramento's prominent business men is A. M. Cameron, who is best known
as president of the Sacramento Laundry. Born in Dundee, Scotland,
October 13, 1876, he is the son of William and Belle (Low) Cameron, the
former of whom was a railroad man and passed away in Dundee. The mother
is now Mrs. A. J. Holcombe, M. D., of Los Angeles. When a young boy Mr.
Cameron came to America, located near Winnemucca, Nev., and lived with
his grand- parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Scott, on a cattle ranch. In 1884
they removed to Sacramento, Cal., where for several years he attended
the public schools and then a business college. At the age of fifteen he
went to work for the Sunset Telephone Co. as a messenger and afterward
served that company as night operator. Subsequently for several years he
was employed by A. Walker, a produce and grocery merchant, serving as
clerk, and then for three years was a driver for the Union Laundry. In
1903 Mr. Cameron with several others organized the Sacramento Laundry,
located at the corner of Front and streets, and the venture has been
successful from the start. Mr. Cameron is president of the company.
During the first year they ran three wagons and each year have added to
their delivering facilities until they are now the owners of twelve
wagons. In 1909, in connection with their laundry, they started the
Sacramento Sanitary Cleaners branch. Throughout the vicinity, within a
radius of a hundred miles from the city, they have twelve laundry
agencies, and their business is constantly growing.
On December 10, 1896, Mr. Cameron was married in Sacramento to Miss Abbie S. A. Conrad, a native of Washington, Yolo county, Cal., and the daughter of George H. Conrad, the latter an old settler of the state. Mr. Cameron is a member of the Presbyterian church, and fraternally unites with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Maccabees.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011