Biography of Samuel Rehoefer
Kings County, CA Biographies





SAMUEL REHOEFER.
Samuel Rehoefer is a man who has lived to good purpose and achieved a greater degree of success than falls to the lot of the average individual. By a straightforward and commendable course he made his way to a leading position in the business world and is now able to lay aside the cares of mercantile affairs and enjoy the ease which he so richly earned. Samuel Rehoefer, a respected retired merchant of Hanford, was born in Bavaria, Germany, in July, 1851. In early childhood he was brought to the United States, the family settling in Louisville, Kentucky, when he was nine years of age.

Samuel Rehoefer attended the public schools of that city and in young manhood was employed as clerk in various stores in Selma, Alabama; Victoria, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas, and other places. In 1878 he came to California, working first as a clerk in a store in Stockton, but later went to Dixon, Solano county. Eventually he went to Fresno, where he entered the employ of the Kutner-Goldstein Company, working in the dry goods department by the side of Mr. Kutner. Later that firm opened a branch store in Centerville and Mr. Rehoefer became a partner in the tusiness there. This store was destroyed by fire and the Kutner-Goldstein Company in 1882 opened a branch store in Hanford. This store, which was located on Sixth street, was at first fifty by one hundred and fifty feet in size, but the growth in the business necessitated enlargement of the room to twice that size. Mr. Rehoefer was made manager of this new store and retained that position until 1904, when he resigned and entered into a partnership with F. J. Steel. They bought the Taylor Shoe Company's business and stock, changed the name to Steel & Rehoefer, and continued in business together for twelve years, at the end of which time Mr. Rehoefer sold his interest and retired from active business. This store is now known as the Kings Shoe Company. Many years ago Mr. Rehoefer bought the lot at No. 207 Donty street and later erected a business block on it, now bearing his name, the building being eighty feet front by one hundred and twenty five feet deep. Though nominally retired from active business pursuits, Mr. Rehoefer has not abated his public spirited interest in the welfare of the community and is an ardent supporter of every movement for the benefit of the public. A kindly, genial gentleman, he has won a host of warm personal friends throughout the county.

Mr. Rehoefer is a Mason, in which he has attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite; belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star; the Knights of Fythias, and Islam Temple of the Mystic Shrine, at San Francisco.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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