Mr. P. C. Krog, as superintendent of the Riverside Ranch, at Pierce Landing, on Rough and Ready island, near Stockton, has charge of one of the most importatn and widely known of California's live-stock industries. Some mention of this ranching enterprise as well as its superintendent is required in this California history, for as the Riverside Ranch stands at the forefront in its class and has a reputation extending even outside the bounds of its own state, so likewise Superintendent Krog is pre-eminent among stockmen in the west and fully merits his reputation as an expert who has made of stock-raising and handling and dairying, with its kindred indusstries, a true and exact science. The Riverside Ranch is owned by the Pierce Land and Stock Company of San Francisco, whose president is Charles D. Pierce, and vice president W. Frank Pierce. Nothing but the finest of thoroughbred stock is to be found in the famous Riverside Premier herd, and the industry is confined almost exclusively to the breeding of thoroughbred Holstein-Friesian cattle and of equally well blooded Berkshire hogs. At the present writing the ranch is stocked with about four hundred cattle and fifty hogs. Subsidiary to the main enterprise is the dairy, which is, however, one of the most profitable branches of the business and has become especially so under the efficient management of Mr. Krog. The cream produced on the ranch is daily shipped to San Francisco, where the entire output is eagerly sought and used by the Palace Hotel Company. Mr. Krog has occupied the place of superintendent of this important establishment since 1901, and he has devoted all his time and energies to maintaining its high reputation throughout the state and the United States, and, in large measure, has made the Riverside Ranch a monument to his own high ideals and scientifically directed efforts.
Mr. Krog became an American citizen after having been reared under the sturdy and highly effective discipline of his Danish institutions and customs. He ws born at Copenhagen in the kingdom of Denmark, October 1, 1861, and was reared to manhood in his native land and city. He graduated from the agricultural college at Copenhagen in 1882, but previous to that had also gained much practical experience in the various branches of agriculture, and both in theory and practice is one of the best equipped agriculturists in the west. Mr. Krog's old mother, Mrs. Anna (Jorgensen) Krog, still resides at her home in Denmark, but his father, Hans Krog, is deceased. Both parents were native Danes, and people of eminent worth and respectability in their home community.
Mr. Krog remained in his native country about a year after finishing his school work, and in 1883 came to America, locating first in Washington county, Nebraska. There he followed farming pursuits, and was also employed in a cheese factory at Blair. He spent several years in Nebraska before coming to California, which important move in life he made in 1888. For a short time after his arrival he had charge of a creamery in Los Angeles county, after which he was engaged in ranching in Solano county. He next took charge of Ewell's X. L. dairy herd near San Francisco, which at that time contained eleven hundred dairy cows. After resigning this engagement he returned to Solano county, where he managed a dairy farm for several year. Previous to his coming to San Joaquin county and assuming the superintendency of the Riverside Ranch, he made a trip to the Sandwich Islands and later one to Alaska. One would suppose that the large interests under his management would completely absorb his time and energies, but Mr. Krog is a lover of the strenuous in life, has the sturdy physique and constitution so common to his countrymen, and his broad type of character is constantly seeking development and exercise in the larger affairs of life and the world about him, so that, in the best sense, he is not a man of a single idea, but with generous and liberal sentiments and purposes.
Mr. Krog is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the several branches of the Masonic fraternity at Stockton and in San Francisco. He is just in the prime of his powers and years, and his usefulness in affairs and his excellence of citizenship give him a broad and bright outlook for the future as his history in the past is a record of successful achievement.
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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