Biography of C. Grosjean
Marin County, CA Biographies





C. Grosjean. Son of J. B. Grosjean and Jeanne Comet, was born in Albertville, Haute Savoir, France, April 28, 1839, where he received his education and resided until August 15, 1854, on which date he sailed for America, and arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 24 of the same year. Until 1862, not having learned a trade, he occupied himself in various ways. In that year, however, he moved to New Iberia, in the same State, and after seven months proceeded to Houston, Texas, and there sought and obtained employment in a confectionery store. Soon after he was engaged by Weyman Parisat to convey certain goods to New Iberia, and having sold the goods on arrival, with the proceeds he purchased a quantity of rum, and then returned to Houston; almost immediately thereafter was despatched by the same firm with a tram laden with cotton to Brownville, Texas, where he arrived after a protracted journey of forty five days. We next find M. Grosjean working as steward in a hotel at Matamoras, Mexico, but, remaining there only four months, he obtained employment from the firm of Victor Pretat & Co., of that place, and was by them despatched to Laredo, a distance of two hundred miles, with an assortment of goods which he exchanged for cotton, and with this commodity retraced his steps to Matarnoras. We now discover M. Grosjean as a partner in the wholesale and retail business of Claude Collet at Bagdad, fifty miles below Matamoras, where he continued for fifteen months, at the expiration of which they sold out and Went back to New Orleans; but, sojourning there only two months, he returned to Houston, Texas, and commenced a grocery business, which he continued until 1872, when, disposing of his interest, he came to California, and soon after opened his liquor business in San Rafael, Margin county.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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