GRUENHAGEN BROS., the pioneer merchants of Creston. Robert W., the senior brother, was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin,
in 1855, and Edward H. was born in the same place in 1859. Their parents, William F. and M. Gruenhagen, were natives
of Germany, and came to the United States when they were respectively eight and ten years of age. They settled
first in Milwaukee, and afterward in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where they and lived raised their family. They came to
California, October 2, 1884, and now reside at Creston, San Luis Obispo County. The brothers opened a store, seventy
two feet long, and have it stocked with merchandise of all kinds, drugs, jewelry and farm implements; their business
extends about fifty miles. They own a ranch of 740 acres thirty miles northeast of Creston, where they are raising
horses and cattle.
Robert W., in 1880, was married to Miss Bertha Zick, a native of his own town. They have three children, viz.:
Ed. H., Elsie and Robert W. Edward H. Gruenhagen was married in 1889 to Miss Feda Ploetz, native of Wisconsin.
He enjoyed the distinction of being postmaster of the town during the administration of President Cleveland; in
politics he is a Democrat. His brother, Robert W., is a Republican.
A Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
and Ventura, California
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