Among those who have attained substantial success in business affairs, and at the same time have contributed in
abundant measure to the upbuilding and development of Oakland, specific mention should be made of A. Stenbro, who,
as a builder of homes, enjoys well merited prominence, for his operations have been on a large scale and in accordance
with the best business methods. He was born on a farm in the northern part of Norway July 28, 1884. His father
was a large land owner, possessing four ranches, and was highly successful in his business, while the family was
socially prominent in their locality.
A. Stenbro secured a good education in the public schools of his native country and in 1902, at the age of eighteen
years, came to the United States, prudently bringing with him enough money to pay his return passage in case he
did not like America. He went to Wisconsin, where he learned the carpenter trade, which he followed there and in
other sections of the middle west, traveling to a considerable extent in order to get acquainted with the country.
Later he was employed in the construction of depots for the "Soo" railroad, working in Wisconsin, North
Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, and this proved a valuable experience for him in construction work. In 1907 Mr.
Stenbro went to San Francisco and in 1911 came to Oakland where he engaged in the building business on his own
account. He has made a specialty of building and selling houses, costing from fifty five hundred dollars up, usually
buying a tract of land on which he erects dwellings, many of which are of his own design. He has operated largely
in East Oakland, particularly on the Mills Garden tract, the Fourth Avenue Terrace tract and on East Thirty sixth
street. He is thorough and painstaking and his buildings stand in evidence of his honest workmanship and his purpose
to build what shall be real homes to those who buy them.
Mr. Stenbro was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Johnson, a native of Norway, and to them have been born six children,
Edwin, Alice, Charles and Clifford, twins, Betty and Jane, twins, all of whom were born in this state. Mr. Stenbro
is a member of Foothill Lodge, No. 564, A. F. & A. M., and the Scandinavian Society. He is keenly interested
in everything pertaining to the welfare and progress of his community and is regarded as one of its most progressive
and substantial citizens, while his genial and affable manner has won for him many warm and loyal friends.
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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