Biography of Arthur L. Schaffer
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ARTHUR L. SCHAFFER
Arthur L. Schaffer, conducting a successful general insurance business in Oakland, is one of the most enthusiastic and effective boosters of the East Bay district. and particularly of Oakland. He has shown mature judgment and wise discrimination in business affairs and well merits the success which is crowning his efforts. Mr. Schaffer was born in Oakland, on the 16th of August, 1880, a son of Louis and Caroline (Fouguier) Schaffer. His father came to California in 1875 and, locating in Oakland, engaged in the wholesale sheep butchering business. He was successful in his material affairs and became prominent and influential in the public life of the city, where he served as chief of police in 1892-3-4 and as president of the city council from 1898 to 1902. His death occurred May 17, 1923. In 1879, in Oakland, he married Miss Caroline Fouguier, who died February 28, 1926.

Arthur L. Schaffer attended the Oakland public schools, graduating from high school in 1898, and then went to work for the electric company which later became the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, with which he remained for eight years. He next engaged in the electrical contracting business on his own account, continuing alone for four years, after which he became associated with his father in the manufacture of fertilizers and tallow. After four years he sold his interests to hi: brother and accepted a commission as district manager of the Woodmen of the World in the East Bay district. He performed the duties of that position for five years and then turned his attention to the insurance business, in which he is still engaged. He maintains offices in the Wolf building, at East Fourteenth street, and Thirty fifth avenue, and deals in all kinds of insurance, including fire, automobile liability, casualty and plate glass, and his energetic and enterprising methods have enabled him to realize a splendid measure of prosperity.

Mr. Schaffer was united in marriage to Miss Ruth R. Harlow, a lifelong resident of Oakland and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Harlow. Mr. and Mrs. Schaffer have a daughter, Evelyn. The republican party receives Mr. Schaffer's political support and during all the years of his residence here he has shown a commendable interest in local public affairs, giving his aid consistently to all measures for public advancement. He is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World and the Native Sons of the Golden West, the East Lake Exchange Club, the Normandie Garden Improvement Association, of which he is president, and the Fruitvale Businessmen's Association. His material success has enabled him to embark in interests outside his regular business and he is now erecting several business blocks in different sections of Oakland, thus giving tangible evidence of his faith in the future prosperity of this district. He is recognized as a citizen of genuine worth and his sterling traits of character have won for him a high place in the estimation of his fellowmen.

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


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