Biography of Charles A. Larson
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





CHARLES ALFRED LARSON. - From the age of twenty years Mr. Larson has made his home in the United States, and throughout all of this period he has been identified with Northern California, his original destination in 1887 having been San Francisco and his first employment that of a laborer in a manufacturing plant at Oakland. Born in Westergothland, Sweden, July 16, 1867, he was reared on a farm and had no educational advantages except such as a neighboring school afforded. During 1888 he came to Eureka, a stalwart young man of twenty one, industrious and capable, and ready to engage in any business that offered an honest livelihood. For two years he worked in the John Vance mill on G street, after which he engaged as a stevedore along the water front for a number of years. Meanwhile he was eagerly awaiting any opportunity for more important activities and thus it came about that finally in 1902 he was in a position to embark in general merchandising. The opening of the Eureka Co operative Mercantile Company's store, at No. 1900 California street, marked an important epoch in his life, for since then, as president and manager of the company, he has risen to rank among the leading merchants of the city and county.

Solely through his own capable efforts and through his evident adaptability to the happy solution of mercantile problems, Mr. Larson has met with recognized success and has seen his business develop with such rapidity as to justify the establishment of a second store, where he has his headquarters. The new store at No. 2100 California street is large and well stocked, carrying a general line of merchandise, hardware, dry goods, shoes and similar accessories, in addition to having a department for the sale of hay and grain. In connection he built and is operating a large bakery, which supplies bakery goods for his own stores, as well as enabling him to fill orders for other stores in Eureka. The successful business man of today is the ripened product of the Swedish emigrant of 1887, ambitious to find a home in the new world, energetic and industrious, and never content to do less than his best in even the humblest task. He is a member of the Retail Grocers' Association of California and takes an active part in the Eureka local of the same, and served as delegate to the state convention at Del Monte in October, 1914. With all of his engrossing business claims he has found time for participation in the Scandinavian Brotherhood, Fortuna Lodge No. 212, I. O. O. F.; North Star Lodge No. 39, K. P., at Arcata, and Hoopa Tribe, I. O. R. M. He was made a Mason in Humboldt Lodge No. 79, F. & A. M., and is a member of Eureka Chapter No. 52, R. A. M., and Eureka Commandery No. 35, K. T. With his wife and family he is a member of the Swedish Lutheran Church, of which he is president of the board of trustees. By his marriage to Emma Anderson, a native of Sweden, he has six children, all of whom were born in Humboldt county, namely: Verona, Esther, Oscar, Alfred, Selma and Edwin.

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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