Biography of George H. Close
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





GEORGE H. CLOSE. - The Standard Furniture Company, of which Mr. Close is the manager and owner, stands at the forefront of the enterprises contributory to the commercial advancement of Eureka. The proprietor gives the credit of his success to the opportunities offered by the town, but many believe his own personality and wise business judgment formed an equal factor in laying the foundation for a concern of permanent value to the community. While he has been in touch with the history of Eureka ever since he landed here in 1883 and meanwhile has made his home here the greater part of the time, prior to coming to this northern California seaport he had lived in New Brunswick. His birth occurred at Fredericton in that province in 1861 and his training in the trades of carpenter and millwright was had in his native locality, so that when he came to the States he was well qualified to earn a livelihood. At first he had charge of the repair department in Vance's mill and the Bayside mill, while at the same time he became interested in conducting a moulding factory on First street.

The management of a small furniture store in Eureka gave Mr. Close his early experience in the business which he since has made so successful. After he sold out that small store he engaged in other occupations in the county, but six years later he resumed the old line of business, opening a furniture store on the corner of Fifth and E streets, in the building now occupied by the Times. From there he moved to the substantial two story building, erected in 1910, and located on the corner of Sixth and J streets. Everything about the building is thoroughly modern and convenient. Handsome large windows afford abundant space for the display of the stock, which consists of a full line of furniture and carpets. It has been the aim of the proprietor to keep only modern furniture in stock. Customers have the choice of a varied assortment in every line. Reasonable prices and modern stock have enabled the proprietor to build up a large trade in the city and county, where he worthily ranks among the leading business men. While largely concentrating his attention upon the management of his store he has not failed to devote considerable time to affairs of civic importance and to the support of every project that conduces toward the general welfare, although he is not in any sense of the word a politician. His fraternities, Eureka Lodge, B. P. O. E., and the Moose, receive his cooperation in their philanthropic efforts and many charities. By his marriage to Margaret Esty, who was born in New Brunswick and died in Eureka in 1900, he is the father of six daughters, namely: Mrs. Julia Machabee, of Sparks, Nev.; Mrs. Lucile Haskell. of Oakland, Cal.; Nola, who has charge of the home since the death of her mother; Mrs. Mildred Johnson and Miss Margaret Close (twins), and Caroline, at home.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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