Louis Burgelin, the builder, owner and proprietor of the Eureka Meat Market at 1226 Market street, Oakland, enjoys
the distinction of having been engaged in the retail meat business longer than any other dealer in the city, having
established his business here fifty four years ago. He was born in Germany on the 24th of February, 1849, and is
a son of John and Johannah (Zollin) Burgelin. His father and grandfather were engaged in the butcher business,
as were representatives of other generations of the family before them. The father died in Germany, after which
the mother came to America and located in Rochester, New York, where a son lived, and there her death occurred.
Louis Burgelip attended the public schools of his native land and when sixteen years of age came to the United
States, joining his brother in Rochester, New York, where he remained four years. In 1871 he came to Oakland, California,
and for about one year and a half was employed in a slaughter house in East Oakland. He then entered the Oakland
meat market, where he worked until 1874, when he embarked in the meat business on his own account. This proved
a successful venture and two years later he erected the building which he now occupies, at 1226 Market street.
He has always taken pride in carrying only the very best quality of meat, and his courtesy and accommodation have
been appreciated by his customers, many of whom have patronized him for many years.
In 1874 Mr. Burgelin was united in marriage to Miss Henrietta Stark, also a native of Germany, and they became
the parents of six children, of whom two are deceased: Louis, Jr., who died unmarried at the age of twenty four
years, and Edwin, who died at the age of seventeen. Those living are as follows: Otto is a resident of Vallejo,
and works in the Mare Island Navy Yard. He married Frances Brosnahan and has three children, Ruth, Louis and Charles.
Walter, who enlisted during the World war and served eighteen months at Camp Lewis and Fort Worden, is now employed
with his father in the Eureka Meat Market. He married Addie Kirkman and resides in Oakland. They have two children,
Marion and Margaret, twins, now five years of age. Annie is the wife of Henry Mohr, proprietor of the Railroad
Meat Market at Tenth and Kirkham streets, Oakland. Lillie is the wife of B. T. Schullerts, owner and proprietor
of the B. T. Schullerts Plumbing shop in Berkeley. The mother of these children died in December, 1927, and her
death was greatly regretted throughout the community, for she was a woman of many fine qualities of character,
kindly and gracious in manner, and was endeared to all who knew her. There are nine grandchildren and one great
grandchild in the family. On Washington's birthday, 1924, Mr. and Mrs. Burgelin celebrated the fiftieth anniversary
of their wedding.
Mr. Burgelin is a republican in his political views and is a member of the Sons of Herman. Because of his sterling
character and friendly manner, he is held in high regard and has a host of warm and loyal friends.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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