Biography of Joseph J. Weiss
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JOSEPH J. WEISS. - The Hurlbutt Market, on Fifth street, Eureka, conducted by the firm of Weiss & Baumgartner, is one of the most up to date provision houses in the city, and the sanitary, neatly kept establishment has set a high standard for merchants to follow in its modern equipment, convenience of arrangement and facilities for prompt service. Mr. Weiss has been a resident of Eureka for more than a quarter of a century, and from the time of his arrival here until he bought out the business was in the employ of L. S. Hurlbutt, the former proprietor. He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and of German extraction, his father, Joseph Weiss, having been born in Germany, whence he came to this country when twelve years old, living in Ohio from that time until he came to California. He learned the butcher's trade in Cincinnati and afterward conducted a meat market there for a number of years. Now he is a resident of Eureka, and, though seventy five years of age, is actively assisting his son at the Hurlbutt Market,

Joseph J. Weiss was born September 18, 1864, and was reared and educated at Cincinnati, living there until he attained his majority. Then he came to California, in the year 1885, first locating at San Diego, where he found employment in a butchering establishment. After a year in that city he came to San Francisco, where he worked in a meat market for about two years, in 1888 arriving at Eureka, which has since been his home. Entering the employ of L. S. Hurlbutt, he remained with him until he took over the business on his own account in 1900, buying out the Hurlbutt Market, which name he has since retained. He has a partner in the ownership and conduct of the establishment, Fred Baumgartner; they do business under the firm name of Weiss & Baumgartner, and their enterprise has attracted a large trade, which systematic methods and accommodating service have not failed to hold. They have a large trade in fresh and pickled meats, sausages, butter and eggs, and put up large quantities of bacon and lard, doing their own slaughtering; the slaughter house is located on Elk river, about five miles south of the city. In 1914 they erected, at Nos. 312 and 314 Fifth street, the substantial and finely appointed business building which they now occupy, commodious and specially arranged for the needs of the business. It is a one story structure, 30x70 feet in dimensions, of concrete, and strictly sanitary in every respect, easily kept clean and carefully looked after. A large share of the success which the firm has enjoyed may justly be attributed to Mr. Weiss, whose long experience and thorough familiarity with the ins and outs of the local trade have been most valuable. Progressive and energetic, he has not only demonstrated the proper spirit in the conduct of his business, but has proved himself equally wide awake in matters affecting the welfare of his adopted city, where he is held in high esteem by a wide acquaintance.

Mr. Weiss was married at San Francisco, in 1890, to Miss Laura Brandt, of that city, and they are the parents of two children: Joseph C., who is employed at the Hurlbutt Market; and Olive, who is now engaged in teaching in the Eureka Business College. With his family Mr. Weiss resides at his well kept home, No. 918 J street, where he and his wife entertain their many friends, and their hospitality and good will are appreciated by all. Mr. Weiss was made a Mason in Humboldt Lodge No. 79, F. & A. M., of which he is past master. He is a member of Humboldt Chapter No. 52, R. A. M.; is past eminent commander of Eureka Commandery No. 35, K. T., and also a member of Islam Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., San Francisco, and a charter member of Eureka Lodge No. 652, B. P. O. E. He is progressive and enterprising and very optimistic for Eureka's greatness and is ever ready to give of his influence, time and means toward its upbuilding commercially, socially and morally.

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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