Biography of P. William N. Wieboldt
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P. WILLIAM N. WIEBOLDT
Numbered among the successful and progressive citizens of pioneer descent in San Francisco is P. William N. Wieboldt, owner and proprietor of Wieboldt's Funeral Parlors at 835 Valencia street, one of the modernly equipped mortuaries of the city. Mr. Wieboldt was born in San Francisco, May 23, 1876. When he was one year old, he was taken in charge by an uncle, Lafrenz Foge, and by him reared to manhood. Mr. Foge was a native of Germany, and settled in San Francisco in the early days. He won a place in local history as the proprietor of the popular Felsen Grotto, a high class German beer garden at Fifth and Market streets. Here conviviality reigned in its best phase, and true sociability permeated the garden. The patrons of the original Tivoli opera house found pleasure and refreshment here between acts at that popular playhouse.

P. William N. Wieboldt graduated from the Horace Mann school in the Mission district. He became acquainted with work very early in his life; however, his first employment having been with the George W. Gibbs Iron and Steel Company. Later he was with the Miller, Sloss & Scott Hardware Company. About twenty dollars per month was his income during these formative years of his life, but the experience he acquired was priceless and he learned the habits of industry, courage and perseverance which insured his later success. In 1904, he started in the undertaking business, in which he met with substantial success and progress, and since 1919 he has conducted funeral parlors at his present address, 835 Valencia street. His place of business is equipped in modern fashion, and he is prepared to satisfy any desires of his patrons.

Mr. Wieboldt has been twice married. His first wife, who is now deceased, was Marie Nienstaldt, a native of San Francisco, and to this union there were two daughters born, Dorothy and Marie. Mr. Wieboldt was married secondly to Tillie Goedecke Bauer, who was born in San Francisco.

For twenty years, Mr. Wieboldt has been treasurer of the San Francisco Schuetzen Verein, which is a society devoted to target and trap shooting. He is a director of the California Hall Association. His name is also on the membership rolls of the following organizations : the Germania Club; Occidental Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; San Francisco Lodge, No. 3, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; the Woodmen of the World; Precita Parlor, No. 187, Native Sons of the Golden West; King Solomon Lodge of the Masons, also the chapter, cornmandery, and Islam Temple of the Mystic Shrine; and Morgarten Grove, No. 3, Order of Druids. These many fraternal connections indicate the social popularity of Mr. Wieboldt and his tendency to participate in local affairs of interest and to make friends. He is interested in San Francisco, and holds cherished memories of the earlier days when there were few streets, and wooden bridges connected the various portions of the community.

From:
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931


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