Biography of Jorgen (George) Larsen
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JORGEN (GEORGE) LARSEN
Among the grand old men of San Leandro is George Larsen, who, though born under a foreign flag, has been a resident of this locality for over half a century and has proven himself a loyal and patriotic citizen of his adopted country, while in a commercial way he has enjoyed a measure of success that has enabled him to retire from active business and spend his remaining years in well earned leisure. Mr Larsen was born on the island of Fyol, Denmark, on the 13th of July, 1845, and is a son of Lars and Margrethe (Jorgensen) Jensen. He received his educational training in the public schools of Denmark to the age of seventeen years, when he was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade at Ellerop, Denmark, at which he worked from fourteen to sixteen hours a day for four years. He then served in the Danish navy as a marine, and on May 5, 1873, embarked at Copenhagen on a Cunard liner for England. Landing at Hull, he crossed over to Liverpool, where he embarked for the United States, arriving at Castle Garden, New York, after a voyage of two weeks. He secured employment at his trade in Brooklyn, New York, where he remained about six months, and then started for California, to which state a younger brother, Jens Larsen, had preceded him and was working in the quicksilver mines in Napa county. From there the brothers came to San Leandro. Mr. Larsen had a friend, John F. Hooper, with whom he had become acquainted in Denmark and who had accompanied him to California. Mr. Hooper was a woodworker and Mr. Larsen a blacksmith, and when they arrived in San Leandro, in May, 1874, they at once looked for work together. They were fortunate in 'securing employment in the Baker & Hamilton shop, the pioneer manufactory of farm implements in this locality, and there they worked for about six months. Ambitious for independent business careers, on January 1, 1875, they formed a partnership and in a small way engaged in the blacksmithing and wheelwright business. They were successful in this venture and in the course of time developed a very respectable wagon and carriage building business, besides doing a general line of blacksmithing. They remained in partnership until 1888 ands Mr. Hooper died about four years ago, at the age of seventy four years. They were both expert workmen and demanded the best from their employees, so that through all the years of their business life here they commanded the fullest measure of public confidence. During his earlier years Mr. Larsen was an exceedingly active and energetic man and the shop which he and Mr. Hooper built in 1876, at the corner of East Fourteenth street and Callan avenue, is now occupied by Joseph V. Mendonca as a restaurant and hotel.

On March 27, 1875, in San Leandro, Mr. Larsen was united in marriage to Miss Dorthea Andersen, who was born on the island of Fyen, Denmark, and is a daughter of Anders and Catterina (Hansen) Nelsen. The former was a prosperous farmer and both parents are now deceased, the mother dying when her daughter was but eight years of age, and the father when he was seventy four years old. Mr. and Mrs. Larsen have two children: Arthur, a blacksmith, residing at 645 Wood street, San Leandro, is married and has three children, Arthur G., Magdalina and Dorthea; and Anna Margretta, is the wife of Herbert Landis, of San Leandro, mentioned elsewhere in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Larsen have twc great grandchildren. Mr. Larsen is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in San Leandro and the Danish Brotherhood in Oakland. He became a citizen of the United States in Oakland in 1879 and has always given his political support to the republican party. He has watched the wonderful growth and development of this favored section of the state and takes a justifiable pride in the community in which he lives and in the welfare of which he has had a constant interest. Because of his splendid record, his upright life and his fine qualities 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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