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Sandholdt, John Peter 1880-1956

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Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA Sept. 24, 1956 p1
Pioneer Passes
Dr. J.P. Sandholdt Claimed by Death

Dr. John Peter Sandholdt, long prominent in both the civic and cultural life of the Peninsula, formerly mayor with councilman of Monterey, died this morning in a local hospital. In failing health for some time, Dr. Sandholdt had made his home in Moss Landing for the past six years. He had been hospitalized since last Friday. One of four sons of a retired seafaring man, he was born April 4, 1880, in Hayward and grew up on a ranch near Watsonville. He received his degree in medicine at the University of California in 1904. With the ink freshly dried on his diploma, the young medico began his practice in the town of Kennett, now submerged under the waters of Shasta Dam. In 1904 this was a little community centered about two copper mines and two smelters in a wilderness area which boasted no roads, through which a ministering doctor had to make his way on foot or on horseback. Often he journeyed by boat across the river to care for his Indian patients. The only hospital in the region was that maintained for the mine company employees, where Dr. Sandholdt served as assistant and where Miss Katherine Kloss came to serve as a nurse. The two were married June 15, 1908, and continued their ministration sin Kennett until the plant closed down in 1919. In that year Dr. Sandholdt moved his family and practice to Monterey, then a town of about 7,000 inhabitants, establishing his home on East Franklin street. From 1919 until 1941, when he retired from active practice, Dr. Sandholdt followed his medical profession here. In addition, he took a prominent part in the city’s civic life, serving for eight years from 1924 until 1932 as councilman and mayor. In that era Monterey’s backwater was built, El Estero Lake was drained and a “goat yard” was transformed into Few memorial. Dr. and Mrs. Sandholdt, Myron Oliver and a handful of local artists battled valiantly and successfully to start the lovely gardens of Friendly Plaza. The doctor and his wife also became charter members of the Carmel Music Society and Mrs. Sandholdt not only helped to put the Monterey Civic Club on its feet but originated the now traditional Casearone Ball. Dr. Sandholdt, a member of Mount Shasta Lodge No. 2 F&AM, was a charter member of the Monterey Rotary Club and a former member of the State Central Republican Committee. With his brother, the late William Sandholdt, publisher of The Cypress which was sold to Allen Griffin in 1922 as ancestor of The Herald. Dr. Sandholdt foresaw the industrial potentialities of Moss Landing over 30 years ago. One of his greatest regrets was that he was unable to arouse the interest of local citizens in plans for Monterey’s Industrial expansion there. In 1922 he purchased an extensive ranch in the Moss Landing area, to which he and Mrs. Sandholdt moved six years ago. In addition to his wife, he leaves a son, Karl Sandholdt of Seaside; two daughters, Mrs. Louise Rush of Moss Landing and Mrs. Katharine S. Haake of Redding; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Dorney and Farlinger Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Russell Gregg Bisnett, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, will officiate at the rites, assisted by Monterey Lodge 217 A&FM. Burial will take place in the Masonic section of Cementerio El Encinal, Monterey.
Copyright (c) 2008 The Monterey County Herald

Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA Sept. 25, 1956 p4
Sandholdt Rites Set for Tomorrow
Funeral services for Dr. John Peter Sandholdt will be held tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock at the Dorney and Farlinger Memorial Chapel. Long a civic and cultural leader on the Peninsula and a former mayor and councilman of Monterey, Dr. Sandholdt died yesterday morning in a local hospital. The Rev. Russell Gregg Bisnett and Monterey Lodge 217 F&AM will officiate at tomorrow’s service. Burial will be in the family plot in the Masonic section of Cementerio El Encinal. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Horace Dormody, Allen Griffin, T.W. Work, M.W. McMenamin, Emmet McMenamin, .K. Smith, Fred Nicholas, Dr. John Gratiot, Myron Oliver, John Thompson, Carmel martin Sr., Roddie Maddock, J.R. Perry, Mark Keller and Clyde Dorsey. Active pallbearers will be Gordon Campbell, Peter Cardinale, Robert McKever Jr., and Samuel Karas, Earl Breaux and Nuncio D’Acquisto.
Copyright (c) 2008 The Monterey County Herald

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