Standing in the front rank of the capable interior decorators of the East Bay district, Charles Sparwasser has
long commanded a large business throughout this section of Alameda county, many of its finest homes containing
evidences of the high quality of his work. Mr. Sparwasser was born in Germany on the 28th of January, 1872, and
is a son of George and Julia (Meisner) Sparwasser, of whom the former was engaged in the tanning business, and
both of whom are deceased.
Charles Sparwasser was educated in the public schools and a gymnasium in his native land and for a short time assisted
his father in the tanning business. When sixteen years of age he emigrated to the United States, going direct to
San Francisco, where he remained about one year, during which time he took advantage of every opportunity to master
the English language He then went to sea, following that pursuit until twenty two years of age, when he came to
Oakland and learned the trade of interior decorating, including painting and papering, in which he became an expert,
and for the past sixteen years has been in that line of business on his own account. He has done a large amount
of work in the larger and finer residences of San Francisco, as well as throughout Oakland, Berkeley and Piedmont,
and has also done much contract painting. He is painstaking and thorough in everything he does, is artistic in
his ideas, and through the years that he has been in business his work has been his best advertisement.
Mr. Sparwasser was united in marriage to Miss Lidia Frances Anderson, who was reared in this city. By a former
marriage he has a daughter, Julia. He gives his political support to the republican party and takes a helpful interest
in matters affecting the welfare and progress of his community. Courteous and accommodating, cordial in manner,
and square in all of his dealings, he is widely known throughout Oakland and is held in high regard by all who
have come in contact with him.
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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