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In 1875 he crossed the Atlantic alone and landed at the historic Castle Garden,
New York City. N. Y.. and continuing his journey west to Illinois, he settled in Cook
County, where he worked for four years on a farm. Whatever else he profited by in
this Middle West experience, he learned there the spirit of American institutions and
also a few wrinkles as to the American methods of agriculture. In 1879 he came on
west to California, being employed on ranches near Wheatland, Yuba County. Indeed,
he continued in the north near that citj' for fourteen j-ears. when he returned East and
for fifteen years lived in Chicago.

In 1882, Mr. Christiansen recrossed the ocean to see the old folks at home, and
there he tarried for six months before he returned to America. One attraction or
another drew him back to the Old World five years later, and on December 20. 1887,
he was married to Miss Thomasin Knudtsen, the daughter of Thomas J. Knudtsen, who
had married Miss Rebecca Breckling, a native of Tonsberg. Norway. He was for years
captain of the sailing vessel. "John Bertram," carrying passengers between Hoboken,
N. J. and Hamburg. Germany; and with that trim craft he made the record of the
fastest trip in fourteen days. When Mr. and Mrs. Christiansen came to America
together, they lived for a while in Chicago, where Mr. Christiansen engaged in teaming.

When he came back to California for good in 1909. he settled at FuUerton and
purchased ten acres on East Commonwealth Avenue, part of which he set out to Valen-
cia oranges. Three of these acres had already been given to walnuts, but the remaining
seven are due to his industry. The Anaheim Union Water Company supplies the water
he needs, and he has the services of the Placentia Orange Growers Association in the
marketing of his fruit. In 1909 he built a home on his ranch. He belongs to the Mac-
cabees, is a Republican in national politics, and the faniily attend the Lutheran Church
of Anaheim.

Three children have blessed the home life of Mr. and Mrs. Christiansen, although
all are now away from the family hearth: John is living in Arizona; William is in the
Fullerton oil fields; and Bettie is at the Bronson Vocal Studio of Los Angeles, making
voice culture her aim. John served overseas as sergeant in the U. S. Army, being
stationed at Brest, France. Wm. E. also served overseas, a member of the U. S.
Marines, taking an active part at the front at St. Mihiel and the Argonne, where he
was twice wounded, receiving a decoration from the French government.

JOACHIM QUEYREL.— California offers men of foreign birth opportunities
they were unable to enjoy in their native lands, and the career of Joachim Queyrel
furnishes a striking example of what energy and resourcefulness can accomplish when
wisely directed and coupled with judicious management of one's financial affairs.
.Arriving in Los Angeles in 1907. a poor boy with only twenty-five cents as his financial
assets, but with a stout heart, good character, a desire to work and a definite goal in
life. Mr. Queyrel has, in a few years, become eminently successful in business and is
now the owner of a business building in the growing town of Placentia.

Joachim Queyrel is a native of Gap. Hautes Alps. France, where he was born
November 28, 1887. His parents were farmers, their home place being situated in the
picturesque high Alps. Joachim was reared on the home farm, where he worked
hard, early and late, assisting his father in the raising of the various crops, caring for
the cattle and sheep and doing the many chores that form the every-day duties of
an active farmer and attending the excellent schools in that country. Joachim had
friends in Los Angeles, and no doubt they had written him glowing accounts of this
land of sunshine and of its wonderful opportunities for young men, so he concluded
to cast in his lot on the Pacific Coast and April. 1907, found him in Los Angeles, Cal.
His financial condition made him seek employment at once and he soon found work
with the Los Angeles Gas Company, .\fterwards he secured work on farms in Los
.'Vngeles County, and for two years followed farm work for wages. Being thrifty and
economical in his living. Mr. Queyrel at the end of two years had saved enough money
to lease a tract of land at Norwalk. which he planted to grain.

In 1909. where the thriving town of Placentia now stands, was a barley field.
Mr. Queyrel leased 200 acres of the Mesmer ranch, which included the land recently
made famous as the location of the celebrated Chapman oil gusher; this land he farmed
for one year to oats and barley. With the money he made from his crops he purchased
a business lot on East Santa Fe Avenue, Placentia. in 1911. when the townsite was


just being laid out, his purchase being the second lot sold in the new town. After-
wards he bought two lots adjoniing. making seventy-tive foot frontage. Upon his lot
he erected a small frame building and opened a little bakery. He hired experienced
bakers, who taught him the business, and as the town grew his business expanded.
Possessing keen business foresight. Mr. Queyrel built a two-stoi'y brick business block
west of his shop, which is now occupied by his retail store. Mr. Queyrel has recently
remodeled his bakery, installed up-to-date machinery, and new ovens equipped with
new fixtures and made many improvements, so now the famous "Placentia Bread" is
known far and wide in this section of the county. Fraternally Mr. Queyrel is a member
of Anaheim Lodge, No. 1345, B. P. O. Elks. In Placentia Mr. Queyrel was married
to Miss Linda Haase, a native of Texas, born near San Antonio, where she was reared
and educated. Mr. Queyrel has seen the town of Placentia develop from a barley field
and has contributed his share towards the upbuilding of this progressive and thriving
town and the surrounding district.

ROBERT L. DRAPER. — No man has contributed more to the growth and pros-
perity of Smeltzer than Robert L. Draper, who rightfully occupies the position accorded'
him as leading citizen of Smeltzer. His progressive energy is apparent in all his enter-
prises, and in addition to farming his own 165 acres he leases in addition the 565 acres
known as the Golden West Company's ranch, now owned by the Aldrich Land Com-
pany and formerly the property of the Golden West Celery Produce Company.

Mr. Draper is of English extraction, and is a lineal descendant of the Drapers
of early colonial days in New England, who came over in the Mayflower. He was born
in Texas, October 2\. 187L and was an infant in his mother's arms when the family
removed to Oklahoma and settled in the Choctaw nation, going thence to Arkansas.
He attended the public schools in .\rkansas. but is a self-educated, self-made man. At
the age of eighteen he went to the Choctaw country in Oklahoma and leased large tracts
of Indian lands and engaged extensively in farming and stock raising. He was married
in Oklahoma in 1893 to Miss Emma A. Gregory, a native of Tennessee, and they became
the parents of three children: Frank, Bessie and Flossie. After meeting with reverses
in Oklahoma, the family removed from the Cherokee country and came to California.
With his wife and two children, and but eighteen dollars and ten cents in his pocket,
he arrived at Los Alamitos, Cal., Saturday night, October 2, 1897. and the following
Monday morning began working in the Los Alamitos Sugar Mill. He has resided in
Smeltzer since 1906, and during that time has been engaged in ranching. He raises
sugar beets and lima beans, sells his beets to the Santa Ana Sugar Company, formerly
the Co-operative Sugar Company, and to the Anaheim Sugar Company. During the
busiest season Mr. Draper employs as high as eighty men. He owns two forty-five-
horsepower Holt tractors, and fourteen head of horses and mules. He has irrigation
water from flowing wells, and in addition to his other enterprises is a well-borer. He
has bored several of his own wells. He also owns 200 acres of land near Orland. in
Glenn County. Fraternally, he is a member of Anaheim Lodge No. 207. F. & A. M..
and is a life member of Santa .\na Lodge No. 794. B. P. O. Elks. Politically, his in-
terest is active in county, state and national politics, and he takes a just pride in the
achievements of Orange County. .\ man of great force of character, he is necessarily
prominent in all that he undertakes, and the good financial results realized from his
many years of energetic labor and his efforts toward the betterment of the community
in which his lot in life is cast entitle him to the esteem and popularity he enjoys among
his many friends and acquaintances. Mr. Draper has seen the increase in value of farm
land from $200 to $1,500 per acre and he has done his part to aid in this development.

ALBERT E. QUEYREL.— Among Orange County's able and efficient men who
are examples of what self-made men can accomplish, is Albert E. Queyrel, of the firm
of Queyrel and Piepenbrink. Federal Trucking Company, at Placentia.

Mr. Queyrel was born at Dauphine, France, in the high Alps, March 18. 1889. His
parents were farmers and he was reared on the home place and educated in the excellent
schools of France. When nineteen, in 1908, he came to California, arriving in Los
Angeles in November, 1908. where he worked at gardening. Later he joined his brother
Joachim in the Placentia district, and worked for him on the Mesmer grain ranch.
They made their home at Placentia. and walked to and from their work each day. He
afterwards worked for his brother in the Placentia bakery. He became managerof the
twenty-acre orange ranch of his father-in-law. A. Piepenbrink. and helped develop and
set It to Valencia oranges and bring it to a high state of cultivation; then in partnership
with his brother he leased 350 acres at Yorba, devoted to raising hay and potatoes. He
continued there two years and then formed a partnership with his brother-in-law. Otto
Piepenbrink, and engaged in the trucking business. They own two Federal three-and-
a-half-ton trucks and one Mack two-and-a-half-ton truck and are doing a large and

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lucrative business in all kinds of heavy trucking, such as hauling oil well supplies,
fertilizer, oranges, cement, etc., and had the contract to haul the 1920 crop of oranges
and lemons for two Placentia packing companies, the Placentia Orange Growers Asso-
ciation, and the Placentia Mutual Orange Association. Mr. Queyrel bought one of the
first residence lots sold in Placentia, on North Bradford Avenue, and built a modern
bungalow in which the family reside.

Mrs. Queyrel, who was Elizabeth Piepenbrink liefore her marriage, is a native
of San Marcos, Texas, and the mother of two children, Albert E. Jr., and Leah. Mrs.
Queyrel is the daughter of August and Emmy Piepenbrink, who came to California in
1909. Albert Queyrel's experience since coming to California illustrates what a young
man without means and imbued with sufficient determination to overcome obstacles,
can accomplish in gaining a competency and establishing himself as a worthy citizen
who enjoys to an unusual degree the confidence and esteem of his fellow-townsmen.
He is an enthusiastic booster for Orange County, and one of its prosperous and suc-
cessful citizens.

HARVEY SYLVESTER GAINES.— One of the best known lumber men of
Southern California, Harvey Sylvester Gaines has twenty years" of experience in that
business to his credit, and brings to his responsible position in Placentia, Orange
County, the knowledge gained by practical application as well as a thorough education.
He is a native of Illinois, born in Henry County. August 11, 1868, and received his
education in the public schools of his native state, and also in Grinnell University,
Grinnell, Iowa, from which he was graduated in 1886.

Coming to Southern California in 1887. Mr. Gaines located in Los Angeles, and
for seven years was traveling auditor for the Santa Fe Railway. He then went to
Redlands, and for the next twenty years was engaged in the lumber business in that
city, first as manager of the Newport Lumber Company: next as manager of the Russ
Lumber and Mill Company, remaining with them eight years; he was one of the
organizers and a member of the firm of Fox Woodson Lumber Company of Redlands
and remained with them for eight years. In October, 1919, he accepted the position
of manager of the Gibbs Lumber Company at Placentia.

The marriage of Mr. Gaines, which occurred at Riverside, Cal., united him with
Mrs. Nellie (McNulty) Tracy, a native of Canada, and two sons have been born to them
— Nelson and Richard. Fraternally Mr. Gaines is a member of the Redland Lodge,
No. 583, B. P. O. Elks, and of the Masons and Knights of Pythias of that city. He is
a member of the Southern California Retail Lumber Dealers .\ssociation and served as
a director of that organization for a number of years.

CHARLES W. SADLER.— A recent settler in Orange County who has seen
enough of the phenomenal advance in citrus ranching in La Habra and vicinity to
becoine enthusiastically interested in a still more rapid and permanent development of
the region, is C. W. Sadler, who was born near Ottosen, Humboldt County, Iowa, on
October 15, 1893, the son of John Wesley Sadler, who had married Mary M. Sharp, a
direct descendant of old Grandmother Sharp, the only survivor of the notorious "Spirit
Lake Massacre." John W. Sadler, therefore, was an early settler of Iowa, where he
purchased a relinquishment of Government land and became a very successful farmer.
C. W. Sadler attended the county schools near Ottosen and helped his father on the
home farm up to the time when he came to California. They bred thoroughbred, short-
horn cattle and Duroc-Jersey swine, and J. W. Sadler still has some of the finest stock,
purchasing his breeders in the East.

In 1911 father and son came to California and stayed a short time in Whittier,
when the father returned to Iowa; but C. W. Sadler remained to work on various
farms. On November 21, 1913, he was married in Los .Angeles to Miss Lulu Bo.x, a
native of Hanford, and the daughter of John K. and Eliza J. (Pratt) Box. Her folks
came to California in 1885 and settled in Kings County, then a wild country; and
Mrs. Sadler went to the grade schools of Hanford. After their marriage, Mr. and
Mrs. Sadler made their home at Whittier, while he engaged in the care and pruning
of orchards. They have one child, Harold Eugene Sadler.

In .^pril, 1919, Mr. Sadler purchased fifteen acres near La Habra, eleven acres of
which were devoted to \'alencia oranges, one acre to lemons and three acres to walnuts;
and in May his father purchased fifteen acres adjoining that of his son on the west.
Twelve acres of the latter tract were in lemons, and three in oranges. Water for
irrigation is supplied by the La Habra Domestic Water Company, and the La Habra
Citrus .Association markets his products.

Mr. Sadler believes in independent action, rather than according to party leanings,
and decidedly favors trying, irrespective of partisanship. Xo cet t''e right men for the
right place, and to endorse only the best measures.


C. G. ANDERSON. — The life which this narrative sketches began in far-away
Stockholm, Sweden, on January 26, 1880. When C. G. Anderson, the successful paint-
ing and decorating contractor of Fullerton, was sixteen years old he was apprenticed
for four j-ears to a painter to learn the art of decorating and house painting. While
learning the trade the wages received by an apprentice are very small, but the knowl-
edge he gains of mixing colors and important pointers about the art of decorating is
very thorough and extensive.

Mr. Anderson followed his trade in Sweden until 1903, when he left his native
land for America, landing in Boston, Mass., where he secured employment with the
American Decorating Company, the leading painting contractors of the Hub City,
remaining with them two years, and while there did work on many of the finest homes
in the Back Bay district of Boston. Possessed of a desire to see more of the United
States, and especially of the Far West, he came to Orange County, Cal., in 1905 and
for a time located in Anaheim, where he was employed by J. L. Abbott. In the fall
of 1905 Mr. Anderson came to Fullerton, where he has resided since, and it was here
that he engaged in the painting and contracting business for himself. He has decorated
many of the business blocks and many of the tine residences in Fullerton. Seven years
ago he purchased four acres of land on West Commonwealth Avenue. At that time the
Tand was in a raw state, but through the energetic efforts of Mr. Anderson the place has
been brought under cultivation, and is planted to \alencia oranges, now six years old
and in fruitful condition, and here he now makes his home.

In Fullerton, Mr. Anderson was united in marriage with Signe E. Holm, also a
native of Sweden, and of this union two children were born, Robert and Edna. Mr.
Anderson's success has been due entirely to his own efiforts and especially in following
a definite course in life, which he planned when a lad of sixteen, when he was appren-
ticed to learn the painter's trade.

BYRON B. CORBIT.— Many years of practical experience in the fruit packing
industry has especially fitted Byron B. Corbit for the important position of foreman of
the orange department of the La Habra Citrus .•\ssociation packing house. He is a
native of the Buckeye State, born in Coshocton County, Ohio, April 21, 1882, a son of
Edward and Eleanor Corbit. When eighteen months old his parents migrated to Cald-
well County, Mo., where he was reared and educated. At the age of sixteen he went
to Cameron, Mo., to live, following farming there until 1905.

Fifteen years ago Mr. Corbit came to California, locating in Riverside County
where he entered the employ of the Rubidoux Fruit Company and, while with this
well-known company, by his constant fidelity to duty he gained a thorough knowledge
of the packing business in all of its varied branches. After severing his connection with
this company, Mr. Corbit became foreman of the Pinkham-McKevitt Packing Company
at Riverside, and later on accepted a like position with the Bradbury Estate Packing
House at San Gabriel. His next move brought him to Fullerton, where he accepted
the position of foreman of the Benchley Fruit Company's packing house and subse-
quently he became the foreman of the R. T. Davies Packing Company of Placentia.
After leaving Placentia Mr. Corbit spent two years in the oil fields in the Brea dis-
trict. Orange County. On May 15, 1919, he accepted his present important post, as
department foreman of the La Habra Citrus Association. He is an Orange County
enthusiast and always ready to help, to the extent of his ability, all movements that
tend toward the upbuilding of the county's best interests. On August 16, 1916, Mr.
Corbit and Miss Ruby Mareen Hickok were united in marriage; she is a native daugh-
ter of California and their union has been blessed by a son, Wayne Corbit.

WILLIAM T. 'WALLOP.— The earliest recollections of William T. Wallop, able
superintendent of the Anaheim Union W^ater Company, is associated with California,
where he has resided since he was a year old. He was born at Horntown, Accomac
County, Va., February 14. 1882, and his parents, Asher T. and Eliza H. (Tuflfree)
Wallop, born in Virginia and Philadelphia, respectively, were planters in Virginia. They
came to Placentia. Cal.. in 1883. where the father was engaged in business until he
retired: his wife died October 31. 1908.

The fifth child in a family of seven children. W"illiam T. was educated in the
public and high schools at Anaheim, and attended a business college in Oakland, grad-
uating in 1901. .\t the age of eighteen he was in an office in Oakland, where he
remained two years; he then spent two years in Honolulu in office work, and was
later engaged in the grocery business at Anaheim for five years. Disposing of his
interest in this business he became manager of the Anaheim Gas Company for a year,
and following this was in the employ of the Wells Fargo Express Company three
years. In 1912 he assumed the position of secretary with the Anaheim Union Water
Company, and in 1919 was appointed superintendent of the company by the directors.


He is also interested in tlie citrus industry, and is the owner of a ten-acre orange
grove on Anaheim Koad and his home place of ten acres on South Walnut Street.
He is also secretary of the Eucalyptus Water Company.

Mr. Wallop's marriage with Miss Ella Rea was solemnized May 19, 1909. She was
born in El Cajon, Cal., a daughter of J. B. and Margaret (Wilkie) Rea, born in Ontario,
Canada. Mr. Rea settled in El Cajon in 1872, and in 1896 he located near Anaheim,
where he set out the Katella orchard, naming it for his two daughters. Kate and Ella.
He died in Anaheim, where his widow still resides. Mr. and Mrs. Wallop are members
of the First Presbyterian Church in Anaheim, in which he is a trustee. He is a member
of the Anaheim Masonic Lodge, of Fullerton Chapter, R. A. M., and Santa Ana Council.
R. & S. M. Politically he is a Democrat. He has a large circle of warm friends, and
holds a position among the progressive men of Anaheim, to whose energy and resource-
fulness Orange County's rapid strides may be ascribed.

ALBERT JOHN HANIMAN.— A recent comer to Orange County whose interest
in things Californian has been intensified through the associations of his father, who
was one of the best known and most influential business men in Los Angeles in early-
days, is Albert John Haniman, who was born in the "City of the .\ngels" on May 3, 1883,
the son of .Albert and Lena Haniman. His father was a native of Michigan, who cam^
to California from Detroit a few years after the first discovery of gold, and while busy
as a merchant in Los Angeles, founded the Haniman Fish Company in operation today.
Albert attended the Los Angeles schools, and although he lost his father when he was
only nine years old, he succeeded in studying at the high school.

The death of his father, however, aflfected his fortunes to the e.xtent that he struck
out for himself while in his teens, and in 1892 he removed to St. Paul, where he started
a cafe. Success rewarded his efforts from the start, and for twenty-five years he w-as
noted as one of the ablest caterers of that city. Many of the leading citizens of that
city so famous for its contact, through travel, with both the East and the West, used
to regale themselves regularly at .\\ Haniman's well-kept restaurant, and it may well
be said that he thus identified himself in one of the pleasantest manners possible, with
the history of that growing town.

On Christmas Eve, 1908, Mr. Haniman was married at Los Angeles to Miss Stella
Grace Ketchem, a native of Iowa, who came with her parents to California when she
was three years old. After this eventful step, Mr. Haniman returned to St. Paul and
continued in the cafe business. In 1918, however, he sold out his Minnesota interests
and came on to California. Since then, Mr. Haniman has been in the commissary de-
partment of the Standard Oil Company, which department is charged with caring for
the meals and other comforts of the men employed by the Standard Murphj- Coyote
Company, southwest of La Habra. He makes his home on La Mirada Avenue on the
Harris ranch, and is always "on the job."

Mr. Haniman has long belonged to the Modern W'oodmen, the Masons and the
B. P. O. Elks, while in political afifairs he believes in emphasizing the fitness of the
man above the claims of party.

W. R. ROGERS. — .\mong the most progressive growers of sugar beets and lima
beans in Orange County, and decidedly a leader among those who. while operating for
themselves, have also helped to open the field to others, is W. R. Rogers, the president
of the board of trustees of the Diamond school district. He has for years been impelled
forward in his successful career by up-to-date ideas, and in fact has often had the
vision and the courage of action to anticipate and outrun his competitors, while his
generous impulses have won him a host of admiring friends.

He was born in New Madrid County, Mo., on March 5, 1880, the son of W. S.
Rogers, who was a farmer and a lumberman that contracted to supply the Government
with cypress piling in southeastern Missouri. He married, in Missouri, Miss Sallie La
Valley, like himself a native of that state. He died in Missouri, to which he had returned

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