The Scandinavian countries have furnished to the United States many desirable citizens of the type of Albert Carlson, whose industry and laudable ambition have placed him with the prosperous fruit growers of El Dorado County. He was born in Sweden, November 19, 1862, a son of Carl Andriason and Margerita Carlson, who have passed away, the latter departing this life when her son Albert was but six years of age. He acquired a public school education and, like all the boys of his locality, he assisted in the cultivation of the home farm, so that early in life he gained practical experience in agricultural pursuits. On the 21st of November, 1884, when twenty-two years of age, he sailed for the United States, with New York as his destination. Later he journeyed westward to Kansas, spending one and a half years in the Sunflower state. He then went to the Indian Territory, where he aided in building the Rock Island and Santa Fe Railroads, and while a railroad worker he was also identified with mechanical and mine construction. During 1888 he was employed in sawmills and logging camps of Montana and in the fall of 1889 came to Siskiyou county, California. He was in charge of the lumber mill and yard at Camino from 1903 until 1909 and during that time purchased a tract of two hundred and thirty-eight acres of land, comprising the N. J. E. Larson ranch. On this place he set out a large number of fruit trees and has developed a valuable orchard of thirty-five acres. He also produces the grain and vegetables best adapted to this region and has brought his land to a high state of fertility, utilizing the most effective methods in the cultivation of the soil.
Mr. Carlson was married to Miss Marianna Larson, who was born in Utah. He father went to Utah in 1853, remaining in that state until 1860, when he came with his family to California, and was numbered among the early settlers in the Camino district. Mr. Carlson enjoys motoring and has taken many trips throughout the west. He takes justifiable pride in his home and has added many improvements to his place, which everywhere gives evidence of the careful supervision, the enterprise and thrift of its owner, who is regarded as one of the most progressive agriculturists and fruit growers of the valley.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 101-102. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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