Hans D. Anderson is a representative of an old and honored family of Norway, which was originally of German origin, but early in the fifteenth century was established on the west coast of Norway. Anders Hanson, the father of him whose name introduces this review, was a native of that country, and after coming to America made the voyage around the Horn to California in 1847, taking up his abode in Sacramento, where he followed the fortunes of a miner with varying success for eight years. Returning thence to Norway, he was there married to Mathea Ericson, also a native of that country, where her people were prominent and well known. Her father was a seafaring man, dealing in salmon, mackerel, lobster, etc., shipping to England and carrying on extensive operations in all sea products, this business having been carried on during the past seventy-five years. Anderson Hanson died in New York in 1870, and in his family were two children, the sister of our subject being now deceased.

Hans Daniel Anderson in his youth received the educational advantages afforded by the public schools of his native land, and in 1871, just after leving school, he started alone for America, arriving in Chicago, Illinois, in June of that year. From that time until 1885 he followed the sea and lakes, also the tent and awning business, but in that year he made his way to North Dakota and secured a homestead and one pre-emption claim at Devil's Lake, and resumed his tent and awning operations at Grand Forks, North Dakota. There also he operated a steamboat line on the Red river in connection with the Northern Pacific Railroad. On the 12th of November, 1901, Mr. Anderson arrived in California, having previously purchased the San Jose Awning & Tent Company, which had been established in 1889, and he now manufactures all kinds of canvas wares, including tents, awnings, sails, canvas irrigation hose, etc., the business being the only one of its kind in San Jose. The extensive business interests of San Jose place him among the leaders in industrial circles, and he has achieved that success which is the result of enterprise and straightforward methods.

In Chicago, Illinois, in 1880, Mr. Anderson was united in marriage to Amelia peterson, a native daughter of Chicago. In that city her parents were also married, having both removed there from Norway in 1832, although at that time they were not acquainted, and for many years her father was a prominent street contractor for the city of Chicago. Ten children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, four of whom are living: Thomas, Ella May Edith, Hobson, Dewey and Earl Theodore. Since 1881 Mr. Anderson has affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was the first commander of the Uniformed Rank, Knights of Honor, at Chicago, and is also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Macabees.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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