For more than a dozen years Inseam Schaffler has been satisfactorily filling an important and exacting position,
that of chef at the Napa State Hospital, where some three thousand meals are served three times a day, the menu
being maintained at a high standard, both as to quality and variety. He does his work efficiently day after day
and takes a justifiable pride in the smoothness with which his department functions. Mr. Schaffler is a native
of Wittenburg, Germany, and he was born on the 21st of April, 1860, a son of Antone and Josephine (Beck) Schaffler,
the former of whom was a paymaster and forester for the German government, having had a force of sixty men under
him. Both parents are now deceased.
Anselm Schaffler received a practical education in the public schools of his native land, and at the age of fourteen
years he started to learn the profession of a cook and baker, which vocation he has followed continuously since,
a period of over fifty years. Coming to the United States, he went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad, serving
as chef for six years at the El Carmelo Hotel at Pacific Grove. He then accepted the position of chef at Leland
Stanford University, where he remained through two semesters, after which he went to the Paraiso Hot Springs, the
Carlsbad of America, where he remained for about four years._ He next went to San Francisco and was in the Grand
Hotel cafe until the earthquake of 1906, after which he opened the Grand Hotel, between Polk and Van Ness streets,
running it for about three years. Because of the state of his wife's health, he then took his family to Colorado,
and in December, 1912, he came to Napa as chef at the State Hospital. He is undoubtedly the right man for the place,
having been retained continuously to the present time, and he has been highly commended for the excellent character
of his services here.
Mr. Schaffler was married to Miss Jeanette Braidwood, of Mount Vernon, New York, and they have two children - Fred,
of San Francisco, and Helen Louise. They also have two grandchildren. Fraternally Mr. Schaffler has been for over
fifteen years a member of San Francisco Lodge No. 26, Loyal Order of Moose, and his political affiliation is with
the progressive branch of the republican party. He is very fond of music and is a close and thoughtful student,
his reading covering a wide range of subjects, so that he is a man of wide and general information.
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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