Edgar I. Jessen, proprietor of the California Phonograph Company, at 1432 San Pablo avenue, Oakland, which handles
music, musical instruments, phonographs and radios, is generally recognized as one of the leading radio authorities
in the East Bay district and has been very active in popularizing these truly remarkable machines. A native son
of California, Mr. Jessen was born in San Francisco on the 8th of November, 1889. His parents, Niels and Alma (Andersen)
Jessen, were born in Norway. The father came to California in 1875 and the mother in girlhood, their marriage occurring
in San Francisco, where Mr. Jessen engaged in business as a wholesale merchant for many years. His death occurred
in 1925, and his widow is still living in San Francisco.
Edgar I. Jessen attended the public schools of his native city, graduating from high school, and then learned the
plumbing trade, at which he was employed for three years, after which he went east. However, realizing the need
of a better preparation for a business career, he took a commercial course in a business college, after which he
entered the employ of the Wiley B. Allen Company, dealers in music, remaining with that concern for eight years,
during a part of which time he was in its branch stores. Later he was with the California Phonograph Company, in
San Francisco, for six years, but in 1922 determined to embark one an independent business career, and came to
Oakland, where he opened a music store. This proved a successful venture and two years later he took over the Oakland
branch of the California Phonograph Company, which he is still conducting under the same name. He carries a complete
line of sheet music, a large stock of musical instruments, phonographs and radios. He was a pioneer in the development
of the radio, the wonderful possibilities of which he early foresaw, and took an active part in the organization
of the Alameda County Radio Trades Association, comprising the retailers and jobbers of the county, and was recently
elected president of the organization.
Mr. Jessen was united in marriage to Miss Bessie L. Burkholder, who was born in San Jose, California, and they
are the parents of two children, Eleanor and Dorothy. Mr. Jessen votes with the republican party and he is a member
of Apollo Lodge, A. F. & A. M.; Oakland Consistory, A. A. S. R.; Aahmes Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., and Alameda
Lodge, B. P. O. E. He is an energetic and progressive business man, has realized a very gratifying measure of prosperity,
and in the commercial circles of his city is held in high regard. He has given his support to every measure for
the progress and betterment of the community and is regarded as one of Oakland's substantial citizens.
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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