Peter Anker, father of Florence Anker Young, was born in Denmark, on January 7, 1852. He immigrated to America in 1870 at age eighteen and quickly traveled to northern California where he supported himself through carpentry and farm work. He moved to Nevada on September 1, 1871 where he initially worked in Old Washoe City in the lumber industry, then as a bridge carpenter for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad.
Anker relocated to the Lovelock area when he was contracted to build a barn in Big Meadows for P.N. Marker. Peter homesteaded 160 acres and began building what was to become a large ranch.
Anker married Julia Ann Faas (born 1860) of Iowa. They had five children:
Rose Hannah Anker Wiley (Mrs. Edgar Byron [Barney] Wiley), born December 21, 1880.
James Phillip Anker, born October 2, 1882.
Minnie Jacobena Anker Kennedy, born October 1, 1884.
Chester Henry Anker, born November 19, 1887.
Florence Eliza Anker Young, born November 3, 1890.
From 1890-1894 Anker was a Humboldt County Commissioner and also later served as Assemblyman in the 22nd Session of the Nevada Legislature. Active in the Methodist Church in Lovelock, he was one of the original trustees and helped secure a minister and church building.
For many years, until his death in 1922, Peter Anker held the position of Vice-Counsul in Nevada for Denmark.
Native of Denmark
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