[Photo by Michael Colbruno]
Peter Thomson (1824-1901) was born in Elmburg, Scotland in 1824 and sailed for New York in 1848. He operated a haberdashery for three years before embarking for San Francisco where he opened a store. He retired in 1879 and moved to Oakland.
After moving to Oakland he bought and sold property, served on the city council in 1881 and 1882, served as president of the St. Andrew’s Society and was a trustee of Mountain View Cemetery from 1888-1901.