Friday, June 18, 2010

Photograph of Annie C. P. Larsen of Rio Vista, California

26 April 2013: This post has been amended from the original to reflect information provided by Annie's great granddaughter.  Be sure to read her comment as she brings her great grandmother to life.

Old photograph of young woman identified on reverse as Annie C. P. Larsen.  No photographer's imprint to give an idea of locale.

From online research and with help from Annie's great granddaughter [see comments below]:  

Anne Christine Petersen was born in California about October 1862, the daughter of Marcus Petersen of Ballum, Denmark, and Ane Kristine (Dankel) Petersen of Ottersbol.   

According to the 1900 Census, Annie married her husband Lars Peter Larsen about 1886.  He was born about July 1855 on the Danish island of Laeso.  I found a reference online to the title Captain for Lars Peter Larsen.

Lars had apparently died before the 1930 Census, which shows Annie living with her son in Rio Vista.  

Here's an interesting tidbit I found on Google books, which has digitized the book Images of America, Rio Vista, by Philip Pezzaglia a photograph of Lars Peter Larsen, in the middle of a group of three men, all movers and shakers in Rio Vista, with a caption stating that  Lars was the first president of the Bank of Rio Vista and the town's treasurer.  Clicking on the title of the book should take you to the page with Lars' photograph.

Below, a photograph of the Larsen home, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Rio Vista.

Lars designed and built his Queen Anne style home in 1897.  The property includes a barn and carriage house and covers 1/4 of a block. The widow's walk on the roof of the home was designed to afford a view up and down the Sacramento river.

If you have corrections to the information above, or additions to it, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Ballum, Denmark [A]; Ottersbol, Denmark [B]

Laeso Island, Denmark

Rio Vista, California

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  1. you may want to contact Phil Pezzaglia at the Rio Vista Museum, he is quite helpful in all of the history and families of Rio Vista CA

    Kelly V.

  2. Thanks for your comment. Hopefully someone who happens upon this post will scroll down to your comment for the tip about the Museum. I mentioned a book Phil wrote and provided a link, but it's nice to know he's at the Museum.

  3. I was wondering if I could have permission to use Annie's photograph for my blog about old historic homes in Rio Vista? If you allow me permission, I would give you photo source credit and I will link my blog to your page so you can get further traffic for others to read this piece. You can contact me back on my website in the "Contact" section, at - Thank you so much! This is a great article by the way...