Biography of J. Joseph Krieg
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J. JOSEPH KRIEG
Among the leading business men and public spirited citizens of Oakland stands J. Joseph Krieg, who has built up a large and prosperous clothing business, conducting two up to date stores, while in matters affecting the welfare of the community he has long been a prominent and efficient factor.

Mr. Krieg was born in Germany on the 27th of July, 1876, and is a son of Engelbert and Alberta (Steinwachs) Krieg, who brought their family to Alameda, California, in 1889, and here the father was engaged in the laundry business. Both parents are now deceased. Mr. Krieg attended the grade schools in his native land and after coming to Alameda had two years of grammar school work, after which he took a commercial course in Heald's Business College. He was first employed at various occupations and for seven years served as a driver for the Mandler bakery, during which time he formed many lasting friendships. He then obtained a position as bookkeeper, which employment he followed for four years in San Francisco, and on the first of April, 1906, he engaged in the cigar business in Alameda with Joseph Halton under the firm name of Krieg and Halton. They also opened a men's furnishing store, which they carried on in connection with the cigar store, and, their business increasing, they found it advisable to admit partners into the enterprise. Later they sold the cigar store and opened a clothing store at Santa Clara and Park streets, Alameda. This proved a successful venture and, taking in another partner, he opened a second store on Fruitvale avenue, incorporating under the name of the J. J. Krieg Company. Subsequently Mr. Krieg sold his interest in the Alameda store and devoted his entire attention to the Fruitvale business. In 1924 he bought back the Alameda store, which he put into the corporation and placed his son in it as manager. Both stores handle large lines of everything worn by men and boys and are considered the leading establishments in their line in their respective communities. The Oakland store has a frontage of one hundred feet on Fourteenth street and Fruitvale avenue, being the largest store in East Oakland.

Mr. Krieg was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Wolf, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, but was reared and educated in Alameda. She has been a worthy helpmate to her husband and has given him splendid assistance, being in charge of the office work. They are the parents of two children. Joseph H., who was educated in St. Elizabeth's parochial school, St. Anthony's College at Santa Barbara, and Heald's Business College, and who is managing his father's store in Alameda, is a past president of Alameda Parlor No. 47, N. S. G. W. Frances is a senior in the St. Elizabeth high school.

Mr. Krieg's father was very active in Catholic circles and was one of the organizers of St. Elizabeth's parish, which was instituted particularly for the German speaking people of Alameda county, and Mr. Krieg has ably and effectively continued the work begun by his father, especially in relation to St Elizabeth's church. He was chairman of the building committee and was largely instrumental in the raising of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the new church and three hundred thousand dollars for the new school, which was built of reinforced concrete. He is a member of Oakland Lodge No. 171, B. P. O. E.; Oakland' Council, K. C., fourth degree; Alameda Lodge, No. 24, Y. M. I.; Alameda Lodge, No. 1076, F. O. E.; Fruitvale Lodge, I. O. R. M.; Fruitvale Camp, No. 431, W. O. W., and the Ancient Order of Foresters. He belongs also to the Alameda Rotary Club, the Oakland and Alameda Chambers of Commerce, the Oakland Merchants Exchange and St. Francis Benevolent Society. He has given liberally of his time and means to the advancement of the best interests of his community, giving his earnest support to every measure for the advancement of the public welfare, and no citizen of Oakland is held in a higher esteem than he is.

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


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