GEORGE H. ANDERSON
SURNAMES: SLOAN, BROWN, SIMPSON,
Among the men who have done much to advance the fruit interests of the
Santa Clara Valley, likewise a native son of the Golden State, is
George H. Anderson, of San Jose. He was born in Fairfield, Solano
County, on August 17, 1863, a son of the late J. Z. Anderson and his
good wife, who was in maidenhood Miss Sarah Sloan. The elder Anderson
was among the early pioneers of Santa Clara County and helped to
develop the fruit industry in pioneer times. He died in 1916 and was
followed to the grave by his widow in 1920. A sketch of their lives
appears on another page of this history.
George H. Anderson attended the grammar and high schools of Santa Clara
County, supplementing his education by attending a business college.
When a lad he began to learn the details of the fruit industry from
working with his father, who operated when the industry was in the
experimental stage, and this training has stood him in good stead in
later years for he is an authority on fruit, from preparing the land to
marketing the product. He owns some valuable interests in San Benito
County and controls other orchard interests in Santa Clara County,
besides he has been engaged in the buying, packing and shipping of
fruits for several years.
Mr. Anderson has been twice married; his first wife was Miss Susie
Brown, daughter of the pioneer family of that name, and she passed away
on July 16, 1912, leaving three children: Howard Anderson is an employe
of the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco; J. Z. and Elizabeth are
attending the public schools in San Jose. The second marriage united
Mr. Anderson with Mrs. Clara Simpson of Santa Cruz, a lady well
qualified to cooperate with her worthy husband in all his undertakings.
The family home is located at 661 North First Street, San Jose. Mr.
Anderson's interests have been identified with Santa Clara County for
many years and he has taken an active part in all movements for the
development of its varied resources, at the same time doing his part to
advance civic reform under the banner of the Republican party, being
elected a member of the State Assembly in 1901. He is an Elk and a
member of the Saratoga, Olympic and the Commercial Clubs and. of the
Chamber of Commerce. He is an enthusiastic sportsman and was a member
of the five-man team of trap-shooters that held the championship for
Santa Clara County for several years; as an expert shot he has many
trophies to show for his marksmanship. An agreeable, courteous
gentleman, Mr. Anderson has won and maintained friends where-ever he is
known and these friends rejoice at his financial success and high
standing in his community.
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1150
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