Biography of George A. Janssen
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GEORGE A. JANSSEN
George A. Janssen, who conducts a prosperous meat business at 4719 East Fourteenth street, in Oakland, was a pioneer in the Melrose district, and his farsighted judgment in locating here has been well vindicated in the splendid trade which he has enjoyed for many years. Born in San Francisco, May 23, 1882, he is a son of Henry and Gesine (Husing) Janssen. His father came to California in 1865, locating in San Francisco, where for many years he was in the employ of the Frye Furniture Company. He went to Alameda when his son, George A., was but two years old, and then moved to Oakland, which has been the family home since. The father is deceased and his widow is still living in this city.

George A. Janssen attended the public schools of Alameda to the age of fourteen years, when it became necessary for him to go to work to assist in supporting his mother. He learned the butchering business, in which he became expert, and for a number of years worked for various concerns in this city. In 1907, sensing the future growth of East Fourteenth street, he established a meat market at his present location, being one of the first to engage in business in his section of the city, and, due to his courteous and accommodating manner and the high quality of his meat, he has always enjoyed a substantial trade.

Mr. Janssen was united in marriage to Miss Christine Meyer, who was born and reared in Hayward, and they are the parents of a daughter, Georgia. Mr. Janssen is a republican but his business has made such heavy demand on his time as to preclude his taking a very active part in public affairs. However, his support can always be counted upon in the advancement of measures for the public welfare and he has long been regarded as one of his community's solid and substantial citizens. He was one of the organizers and a member of the volunteer fire department in Melrose before this territory became a part of Oakland and is a director of the Melrose branch of the Bank of Italy. He is held in high esteem by all who know him.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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