ANDREW O. KNUTSON
Andrew (“Andy”) O. Knutson is one of the best known men of the Walker mine, in Plumas County, and as boss of the framing mill is an important factor in the successful operation of the mine. An expert carpenter by vocation, and a man of great energy and good practical judgment, he is alert and constantly “on the job,” so that the development and operation of the mine are carried forward under the best conditions. Mr. Knutson was born at Nordmore, Rosdals Amt, Norway, on the 29th of November, 1870, his parents being Knut and Marianna Pederson, the former a well-to-do farmer in Ore Prostegjeld, Ramsdals Amt. There he was reared to young manhood and received a good elementary education. When he was thirteen years of age his mother died, and he was shortly afterward confirmed in the Lutheran Church, which is the state church of that country. Of the twelve children born to his parents, he is the youngest. When fifteen years of age, he bade adieu to his father, brothers and sisters and embarked from the port of Chirstiansund on the 20th of August, 1885, on an old Anchor Line steamship, which landed him at Castle Garden, New York City. He proceeded on to Janesville, Wisconsin, by way of Chicago, by rail, and was there met by two of his brothers, John and Christ Knutson, who had preceded him to that place by several years. There he was employed by the month on farms for two or three years, after which he learned the carpenter trade under his brother John, who was a carpenter contractor in Janesville. Later he worked for a contractor by the name of McDougall, one of the most prominent builders in Janesville, and other contractors in southern Wisconsin. Going to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 1902, he was employed at his trade there until 1906, when he came to California, locating at Oakdale, Stanislaus County, at the instance of a firm of Wisconsin contractors, for whom he worked on the erection of Lang Brothers canning factory. Later he engaged in carpentering at Stockton, Modesto, Sacramento and Chico, then came to the Walker mine, where he went to work on the construction of bunk house No. 1. Having proved himself a good carpenter and joiner, he was then given the position of timber framer for this mine and now has four men under him He also superintends the saw and planing mill in the course of his framing work. In every respect he has met the requirements of his responsible position and stands high in the esteem of his employers.
While a resident of Janesville, Wisconsin, Mr. Knutson was made a citizen of this country and has since given his political support to the Republican Party. He has served as judge of election in the Walker Mine precinct and is personally known to practically every voter here. In point of years of continuous service Mr. Knutson is probably the senior workman at the Walker mine. Though handicapped so some extent by the loss of a leg, necessitating an artificial limb, he gets about very well. Because of his kindly and affable manner, as well as his sterling personal qualities, he is very popular here and is one of the Walker Company’s best liked employees.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.