Biography of Henry I. Kowaksky
Marin County, CA Biographies





Henry I. Kowalsky. The subject of this sketch was born in Buffalo, New York, on August 16, 1859, and is the fourth living son of Levi and Fannie Kowalsky. Henry resided in his native city till 1866, when his parents moved to California, coming via Panama, and took up their residence in the city of San Francisco. Mr. Kowalsky's father had come to this State in 1859, and from 1863 resided in Bodega, Sonoma county, returning to Buffalo from that place in 1866, for the purpose of bringing his family to this coast. Henry was sent to the Lincoln Grammar School in San Francisco, passed through all the grades, and completed his education in that institution in 1874. His first attempt at business was to secure a paper delivery route, but only conducted it a few days when he sold out to other parties. This was during the time he was attending school. After being associated with one or two papers in the city, Mr. Kowalsky, in company with Frank Wadleigh, established Our Boys Monthly Magazine in October, 1873, but in. February following the name of the paper was changed to Field and Fireside, and edited by the subject of this sketch. We cannot better give the reader an idea of the enterprise than by copying a press notice from the Daily Examiner. " We have received from the publishers the first number of Our Boys and Girls, a California Juvenile Monthly Magazine, devoted to the interests of the youth of the Pacific coast. A. review of the contents of the number impresses us with the ability and judgment of its conductor. All the matter appears to be original, and none of it is amenable to harsh criticism, considering the productions are those of young persons beginning a literary career. While we do not commend the new class of literature known as amateur journalism, we are constrained to say this juvenile magazine is deserving of encouragement. Its editor, Henry Kowalsky, is a bright youth, with an evident aptitude for the vocation which he has adopted at a rather early period of his life." The publication of the magazine was discontinued, and its editor moved to Tomales, Margin county, in March, 1874. Here he entered the store of his brother, Edward H. Kowalsky, who had located here in 1872. Henry continued in the capacity as clerk till 1877; then went to Marshall, and in company with Mr. Ephraim, bought the store owned by Ford & Kowalsky. In 1878 he disposed of his interest in this store to his brother, E. H. Kowalsky, and moved to Tomales, and joined partnership with the same brother in a store at that place, where he now resides. He is also a member of the "United States Election Map Co.," Henry C. Donnell, Hendry I. Kowalsky and Charles S. Israel being the firm. We are pleased to record the life of a young man now scarcely twenty one years old, which is fraught with deeds that go to make up a man of usefulness, and is only another illustration of what pluck, energy and push can do.

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


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