Biography of Peter C. Frederickson
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PETER CHRISTIAN FREDERICKSON
In the life history of Peter C. Frederickson there is presented the record of a man who, in the face of disheartening conditions, ref used to be discouraged and by his determined and tireless efforts forged his way forward to ultimate succes, being now numbered among the leading business men of Oakland. Mr. Frederickson was born in Denmark on the 4th of June, 1859, and is a son of Frederick C. and Dorothea Frederickson, also natives of that country, where the father followed the trade of weaving. Both parents are deceased, the father dying when Peter C. was but eighteen months old.

The son was educated in the public schools of his native land and at the age of fifteen years emigrated to the United States. For about three years he lived at Plainfield, New Jersey, where he worked at anything he could find to do, and found things hard to manage from the fact that he was unfamiliar with the English language. In 1877 he came to the Pacific coast, landing at San Francisco, and soon afterward got a job at plowing at San Gregario, where he worked in the fields from sunrise until dark, after which he did chores, his wages being one dollar a day. He later worked for awhile around San Francisco and later for Mr. Dimond, at Fruitvale, the understanding being that his remuneration would be his board and lodging. He spent the winter there and in the spring was pleasantly surprised when Mr. Dimond handed him sixty dollars. During the three following years he worked for a Mr. Deering, after which he went to Arizona, where he spent nine years in the mines. Returning to Fruitvale in 1889, he began teaming, and in the following year went into business on his own account, establishing a small coal and feed yard at Thirty third avenue and Foothill boulevard. Success attended him there and business increased to the extent that he was compelled to seek larger quarters. He located then at Twelfth street and Fruitvale avenue, and here has ample accommodations for his business, having a large warehouse and a railroad switch, and commanding a large and profitable business. Mr. Frederickson had the second telephone that was installed in the Fruitvale district and in other ways has showed his progressive and enterprising spirit. He gives employment to ten persons.

Mr. Frederickson married Miss Mette C. Frost and to them were born five children, Neil A., Dorothy, Katherine, Alice, and Chester, who is associated with his father in business. The wife and mother died in 1918, and in 1921 Mr. Frederickson was married to Mrs. Jennie C. Dunlevy, who was born and reared in San Francisco. Mr. Frederickson is a republican in his political views and is actively interested in local public affairs, having served as a member of the district sanitary board, and also as president of the Board of Trade. He is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Woodmen of the World. He has well merited the substantial success which has come to him and his record has gained for him the confidence and respect of all who know him.

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


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