One of the long established and best known business houses in Calistoga is the firm of Siemsen Brothers, butchers
and wholesale and retail meat dealers. The firm is composed of William, George and Jerome C. Siemsen and Frank
Richter, and it has been in existence about twenty five years. Its record is one of which its members have just
reason to be proud, and it has long been recognized as one of the most substantial enterprises in Calistoga. The
retail market at that place is popularly known as the People's market. The firm maintains a slaughter house, killing
all of their own meat, and they have the added advantage of raising their own animals, keeping a large flock of
sheep and from seven to eight hundred head of cattle. They own two sheep ranches, one in Sonoma county and the
other in Napa county. They are exceedingly particular and painstaking in the preparation and handling of their
meats and they enjoy a large and constantly increasing wholesale business throughout this section of the state,
while their retail shop handles its full share of the local trade.
The father of the Siemsen brothers was William Siemsen, of Germany, who Immigrated to the United States in young
manhood. He came direct to California and at first devoted his attention to mining, later becoming an expert accountant,
and he was a prominent man during his active life. He was the father of four children, the three sons previously
named and a daughter, Mrs. Katie Butler. The son, William, was born in Napa and the other brothers in Calistoga.
William Siemsen is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Native Sons of the Golden West; George is a
member of the Native Sons of the Golden West and the Indepenident Order of Odd Fellows, while Jerome C. is a member
of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Native Sons of the Golden West. He
is also a member of the board of directors of the Calistoga National Bank. The brothers have always been consistent
and persistent boosters for Callstoga and Napa county, giving their support to every measure or movement for improvement
or upbuilding of the community in any way.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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