Biography of Onward R. Moller
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ONWARD ROSSELL MOLLER
Onward R. Moller, president of the Electric Steel Foundry Company, of Berkeley, owes his present success to his determined efforts along definite and well directed lines, and his record has gained for him an enviable place in the industrial circles of Alameda county. Mr. Moller was born in Santa Rosa, Sonoma county, California, February 12, 1889, a son of Philip Henry and Sarah (Mills) Moller, the latter a native of Canada. His father was born in San Francisco, California, February 6, 1864, and was a son of Captain Henry and Emma (Lang) Moller. Captain Moller, a native of Denmark, was well educated, being able to speak seven or eight languages. He came to California in 1849, locating on Montgomery street, San Francisco, where he followed the trade of ship carpenter and sailmaker but later became captain of a river boat running to Sacramento. He lived to the age of seventy five years, his wife dying when sixty six years old. Their only child, Philip H. Moller, who was reared and educated in San Francisco, moved to Napa, and thence to Santa Rosa, which was his home for many years. He secured a public school education there and when twenty one years of age learned the carpenter trade. He was in business on his own account for awhile but later was for ten years a guard at the San Quentin prison. About five years ago he came to Berkeley and has since served as carpenter at the Electric Steel Foundry plant. In Santa Rosa he was married to Miss Sarah Mills, and they have three children living. Onward Rossell; Clifford, who is a contractor in steel products in San Francisco; and Blanche, the wife of Richard Snyder, of Vancouver, British Columbia. The mother died in 1907, and in 1908 Mr. Moller was married to Mrs. Sarah McDonnough, who was the mother of a daughter, Lillian, who took her step father's name and is now the wife of Collin DeVine.

Onward R. Moller was reared in Santa Rosa, San Rafael and San Francisco. He attended the public schools, including the day and night high schools of San Francisco, graduating from the academic course in the latter school in 1910. He served an apprenticeship as electrician, after which he worked for the local telephone company and in various electrical shops. In the meantime he had continued his studies in the night high school, obtaining a rather comprehensive knowledge of bookkeeping, business management and common law. About 1921 he went to work for the Marchant Foundry, in Emeryville, but later entered the employ of the Green Steel Casting Works. This company failed and in 1925 Mr. Moller and A. Klaeger were persuaded to take over the plant. They changed the name to its present form and started in with three employees. By diligent attention to the business and wise management they have achieved noteworthy success, and now give steady employment to twenty five men. On October 24, 1926, the business was incorporated, with O. R. Moller as president, A. Kloeger as secretary and treasurer, and Edward Sextus, as vice president, and with an authorized capital stock of one hundred thousand dollars. The company does general jobbing steel foundry work, producing automobile castings, and castings for Diesel engines and gas engines, and for electric equipments.

On January 1, 1911, Mr. Moller was united in marriage to Miss Mabel Hogan, who was born and reared in San Francisco, where her family had long resided, and they are the parents of three children, Chester, Dorothy and Ralph. Mr. Moller is a member of the East Bay Foundrymen's Association and the Berkeley Lions Club. He is a stanch republican in his political views and has shown a live interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of his community. Mrs. Moller is a member of St. Mary Magdaline Roman Catholic church in Berkeley. Mr. Moller is a man of marked natural ability, possesses a strong personality and agreeable manner, and throughout the community in which he lives is held in high esteem.

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


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