GEORGE P. HELLWIG
George P. Hellwig, who for over a third of a century has conducted the leading meat shop in Alvarado, is a member
of one of the pioneer families of this locality, his father having located here over seventy years ago, since which
time representatives of the name have always done their full part in the development and improvement of this section
of Alameda county. Mr. Hellwig was born at Alvarado July 26, 1876, and is a son of Philip and Eliza (Switzer) Hellwig,
natives of Germany. The father came to California, by way of the isthmus of Panama, in 1856 and located at Alvarado
at a time when this section of the county was little more than a wilderness. He became the pioneer merchant here,
establishing a butcher shop, which he conducted for many years, and on retiring, the business was taken over by
his son, George P. He also became the owner of seventy five acres of good land, also now owned by his son. Both
parents are deceased, the father dying in 1903 and the mother in 1912. They had three children.
George P. Hellwig, the only one living, received a good public school education, which he supplemented by a commercial
course in the Pacific Business College in San Francisco. When seventeen years of age he became associated with
his father in the meat business and has been identified with it continuously since. He has built up a large and
prosperous business here and has also established branch meat markets at Hayward, Niles and Centerville, this county,
all of which are profitable enterprises. He maintains his own slaughter house and thus insures to his patrons absolutely
fresh meat at all times. He conducts his business according to the highest commercial ethics and the prompt and
efficient service which he renders has been one of the secrets of his success.
Mr. Hellwig was united in marriage to Miss Willa Cecil, a native of Virginia. He is a member of Alameda Lodge,
No. 167, A. F. & M.; Oakland Consistory, A. A. S. R.; Islam Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of San Francisco; Oakland
Lodge, No. 177, B. P. O. E.; and the Sons of the Golden West, having belonged to the two last named orders since
1902, and is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a man of kindly and courteous manner,
genial and friendly in his social relations, and because of his long and honorable business record and his exemplary
character commands the respect and good will of 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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