KARL S. FREDRICKSON
Sweden has contributed to this country some of her best blood, many of her sons not only winning material success
here, but also attaining places of honor and distinction. Karl S. Fredrickson, of Oakland, stands in the front
rank of the home builders of Alameda county and to a very definite degree has contributed to the growth and development
of this section of the Bay district. He was born on a farm in Sweden on the 2d of June, 1889, and, after completing
a public school course learned the carpenter trade with his brother. In 1910 he came to the United States, locating
first in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he was employed at his trade, and went from there to Detroit, Michigan,
in which city he resided until 1919, when he came to Oakland, California.
Soon after locating here he began building and selling good homes, averaging in cost from five thousand to fifteen
thousand dollars, and during the subsequent years he has erected and sold about fifty residences. He is an expert
architect and draws all of his on plans, so that he is enabled to give each of his houses a distinctiveness not
ordinarily to be obtained from standard plans. These homes have been built in Piedmont, Havenscourt, Fernside and
subdivisions of Alameda and are among the most attractive residences of these districts. A few years ago, while
on a visit to his old home in Sweden, Mr. Fredrickson gained knowledge of a process of making roof tiling from
cement and on his return to Oakland purchased the necessary machinery for its manufacture. He has used this roofing
on many of his houses and in every case it has proven very satisfactory.
Mr. Fredrickson was united in marriage to Miss Ruth Sunberg, who is a native of Chicago, and they have one child,
Harriet, three years of age. Mr. Fredrickson's success is the legitimate reward of his determined and well directed
efforts and at all times he has proven worthy of the confidence and esteem in which he is held by his fellowmen.
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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