Biography of Harry S. Anderson
Alameda County, CA Biographies





HARRY S. ANDERSON
Probably no citizen of Oakland has been more prominently identified with various phases of its affairs than has Harry S. Anderson, who has built up and operates one of the largest business enterprises of the city, has been actively connected with municipal and civic interests and is one of the leaders in local fraternal circles. He has led a very busy and useful life and stands today as one of the representative men of this city. Mr. Anderson was born in Oakland, September 3, 1877, and is a son of Severin and Fredericka (Hedemark) Anderson. His father came to California in 1870, locating first in San Francisco, and in 1875 became a resident of Oakland. In 1891 he and his son Harry established a carpet business in the old Masonic Temple building and in three years increasing trade demanded more room. They then moved to 1114 Broadway, where they remained twelve years, when they moved to the present site of the Tribune building. The business continued to grow and at length was established in its present location at 519-521 Thirteenth street, where it occupies the entire building. The father remained actively identified with the business to the time of his death, which occurred in 1913, since which time Harry S. Anderson and his brother, Fred N. Anderson, have been owners and to their progressive and enterprising methods the later success of the business is due, Anderson's Carpet House being one of the best known business concerns of the Bay district. They carry a large and complete line of carpets, and two years ago added a complete line of interior decorations, which has proven a popular department. About fifty people are employed in the store and courtesy and efficiency characterize the service which they render.

On April 23, 1901, Harry S. Anderson was united in marriage to Miss Edna Frances Camp, who was born in San Francisco, but was reared and educated in Oakland. They are the parents of four children, Harry Robert (Bob), Geraldine, Jeanette and Willard, and there is one granddaughter.

Mr. Anderson has long been prominent in the republican party in this state, having served as secretary of the county central committee, as secretary of the old Seventh Ward Republican Club, and under the old regime as secretary of the republican state committee. For two terms he was city commissioner of public works, during which period he had charge of the erection of the new city hall and the city auditorium, in both of which buildings he takes a justifiable pride. He is a Mason, belonging to the York Rite and the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He also has membership with the Fraternal Brotherhood, the Royal Arcanum, the Native Sons of the Golden West and the National Union. In the last named he is serving his fifth year as national president and also had the distinction of holding the position of speaker of the senate in that organization. He belongs to the Athens Athletic Club, of which he is secretary, the Castlewood Country Club, of which he is chairman of the house committee, the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Merchants Exchange. Mr. Anderson has been in charge of the raising of funds for the building of the new Masonic temple at Thirteenth and Harrison streets, being commissioned to raise one million, two hundred thousand dollars, and so energetically has he carried this work forward that he has seventy eight thousand dollars over the desired amount, so that the work can now proceed. Mr. Anderson has always been greatly interested in athletics and for many years was a director of the Oakland baseball team of the Pacific Coast League. He has earned the reputation of doing thoroughly and well everything which he undertakes and therefore is considered a valuable man by everyone with whom he has been associated. Energetic, progressive, straightforward and honorable, he commands the confidence and respect of the entire community and in the circles in which he moves he is extremely popular.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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