Biography of Peter M. Holst
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PETER M. HOLST
The career of Peter M. Holst presents the story of a man's determined and persistent efforts, in the face of obstacles, and his eventual success in attaining his goal, his record gaining for him the unqualified respect of all who know him, and he stands today as one of the solid and substantial business men of his community. Mr. Holst was born in Denmark, November 18, 1867, and is a son of M. P. and Christina Holst. His father, who was a seafaring man, had in the course of his voyages visited California in early days. Both parents are now deceased, the father dying at the age of eighty seven years.

Peter M. Holst was educated in the public schools of Germany, which at that time dominated the section of Denmark in which he lived, and he remained at home until twenty four years of age, when, in 1892, he emigrated to the United States. Going direct to San Jose he worked in orchards there and then came to Oakland, California, where he secured work with Andrew Jensen, who was a dealer in hay and was renting what was then known as the Clark farm. Mr. Holst remained with Mr. Jensen four years and as his employer was unable to pay him what was due him in wages, he took in lieu thereof a team of horses, a wagon and a hay press. With this equipment he began to bale and sell hay on his own account and later, when Mr. Jensen quit the business, Mr. Holst took over the Clark place. He also farmed the Tooler place at Elmhurst, both of these places now being in Oakland. Mr. Holst was industrious and energetic and by close attention to his business developed a good trade. Twice he has had partners in the business. He has made good progress and has gradually advanced until he has eventually reached an independent position in the business world. He has acquired the valuable properties and now owns and lives on the old Clark place, on which he has a large warehouse for the storage of hay and feed, and also has another large warehouse on an acre of land near the railroad, where he has the advantage of a switch, which simplifies the shipment of his products. He has an office and retail yard at 5000 East Fourteenth street and employs a number of men and several teams and motor trucks.

Mr. Holst has been married twice, first to Miss Christena Anderson, who died after ten years of happy married life. To them were born four children, namely: Annie, who is teaching in the high school at Hayward; Max E., who is associated with his father in business; Elsie, who is superintendent of the operating room in Merritt Hospital; and Marrietta, who is teaching in Sacramento. For his second wife Mr. Holst chose Miss Karen M. Swansen and they are the parents of a daughter, Bernice. Mrs. Holst is a past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and is an active member of the Melrose Parent Teachers Association. Mr. Holst gives his political support to the republican party and is a member of the Masonic order, in which he has attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite; and has crossed the sands of the desert with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a self made man in the best sense of the term and deserves much credit for what he has accomplished, for he started out in life empty handed and has worked his way upward through his unfaltering enterprise and the exercise of right principles. He is a man of high ideals, loyal in his citizenship and reliable in business and well deserves the prosperity which is now his.

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


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