Biography of Gus Gertsen
Napa County, CA Biographies





GUS GERTSEN.
In nearly every community there are certain individuals who by innate ability and sheer force of character win for themselves conspicuous places in public esteem. Such a man is Gus Gertsen, who holds an important place in the administration of the affairs of the town of St. Helena, being superintendent of the city waterworks system and also superintendent of streets. Mr. Gertsen is a Scandinavian by birth, being a native of Norway, and he was born on the 25th of September, 1865. He remained in his homeland until he reached the age of fifteen years, receiving his education in the public schools of his home neighborhood. In 1880 he, came to the United States, locating in San Francisco, where he learned the trade of a machinist in the Greenberg Foundry & Machine Works. Later he was employed in the Risdon Iron Works and the Union Iron Works until 1901, when he came to St. Helena. Here he purchased the Pearl Steam Laundry, which he conducted for nineteen years, enjoying a very fine measure of success, and at the end of that period he sold out and for three years was engaged in the real estate business.

When the city of St. Helena purchased the water system Mr. Gertsen was appointed superintendent, and during the three years that he has been at the head of this importnat department of public works he has made a number of very fine improvements, bringing the system up to the standard of a modern and up to date plant. He took up the old water line running from the reservoir to Main street and replaced it with new eight inch cast iron pipe, which is now amply able to take care of the water flow, which comes in at a gravity pressure of one hundred feet. To prepare for the emergency of a dry season, when the reservoir supply might become depleted, he has also laid a four inch line from Napa creek. New fire hydrants have been installed at proper locations and the old spillway has been rebuilt with concrete. St. Helena's water system, as now constructed, is of sufficient capacity to supply a city of twenty thousand inhabitants. To Mr. Gertsen is due the major portion of the credit for its development, and he takes a justifiable pride in what he has done. Along with his duties in connection with the water system, Mr. Gertsen also is in charge of the streets, and he gives to that department the same careful attention that he does to his other duties. He has proven an ideal man for the positions which he holds, for he has ever had the welfare of the community at heart and has striven in every possible way to promote and conserve the best interests of the people.

Fraternally Mr. Gertsen is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has passed through all the chairs of the subordinate lodge and has sat in the grand lodge, and he is also a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, in which he has passed the chairs and is now serving as treasurer. At one time, while he was engaged in the real estate business, he rendered effective service as deputy county assessor. He has always been public spirited in his attitude toward all measures for the betterment of the locality and is numbered among Napa county's progressive citizens.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

NAVIGATION

Napa County, CA
Biographies

Online
Biographies

New York
Histories

New York
Biographies

Maine
Histories

Pennsylvania
Histories

Pennsylvania
Biographies

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012