Influential as one of the pioneers of the Scandinavian Colony, Fresno County, esteemed by competitors as a progressive and successful horticulturist, and liked by everyone as a genial and winsome gentleman.
Frederick Anderson, who came to Fresno County in the late seventies, was born at Gothenberg, Sweden, in 1833, and there learned the cabinet-maker's trade, in time extending his practice to carpentering. Crossing the ocean, he reached San Francisco and later San Jose: and there he was married to Balbina Folmer, a native of Wurtenberg, Germany, who had come to the United States with her mother in the troublous year of 1848.
After his marriage, Mr. Anderson continued in San Francisco for a while and worked at his trade; but wishing to engage in farming, he became interested in Fresno County, and in 1879 moved here. He purchased sixty acres in the Scandinavian Colony, and as rapidly as was possible he improved the land, soon having a fine vineyard that was much admired. Without difficultv, he sold off forty acres; and upon the remaining twenty he resided until he died in 1908, at the age of seventy-five.
Mrs. Anderson, the widow, thereafter resided with her daughter, Mrs. Arthur W. Allen; and she died at Fresno in February, 1911. Four children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson. Otto is a farmer at Barstow, in this county; Emma has become Mrs. M. Cotppin, of the National Colony; Laura is Mrs. Albert Nelson of the Granville district: while Ida is Mrs. Arthur W. Allen, just referred to.