I eculiar honor attaches to that individual who, beginning the active battle of life unaided, overcomes the obstacles
in his pathway and by the virtue of his own force and vitality succeeds in forging his way toe the front. Such
is the record of James Anderson, the well known citizen of Hanford to whom these lines are devoted, and who holds
the responsible position of district superintendent of the Southern California Edison Company at Hanford. He was
born in Aberdeen, Scotland, on the 9th day of July, 1891.
James Anderson was educated in the public schools of Aberdeen and in 1906, when fifteen years of age, he emigrated
to this country, locating first in London, Ontario, Canada, where he obtained employment as a boxmaker in a cigar
factory. In 1909 he came to California, locating in Fountain Springs, near Portersville, Tulare county, where for
two years he was employed on ranches. On March 17, 1911, he went to work for the Mount Whitney Power Company, digging
post holes and doing other construction work. In 1912 he was made a lineman, and was so employed until December
20, 1912, when he went to work for the Tulare County Power Company as lineman, and later as foreman. On March 22,
1915, he returned to the Mount Whitney Power Company as lineman. On February 5, 1918, he entered the military service
of the United States, being assigned to the Three Hundred and Nineteenth Regiment of Engineers, which became a
part of the Eighth Division. He was sent overseas and saw active service there until the end of the great struggle.
Upon his return to civil life Mr. Anderson was employed as foreman by the Southern California Edison Company, with
whom he has remained continuously since. On May 15, 1920, he was made assistant district superintendent, with headquarters
in Visalia, and on June 1, 1921, was made superintendent of the Kings county division. His position carried with
it a large measure of responsibility, but Mr. Anderson, by faithful and conscientious attention to details, has
performed his duties to the entire satisfaction of his superiors.
Mr. Anderson was married to Ruth Kalbfleich, a native of North Dakota. He is a member of Visalia Lodge No. 128,
F. & A. M., and exemplifies in his life the beneficent principles of that time honored order. A plain, unassuming
gentleman, straightforward in all his relations with his fellowmen, he enjoys the confidence and esteem of all
who know him.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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