H. P. VOGENSEN.
Few men in Petaluma have won their independence through more satisfactory or praiseworthy means than H. P. Togensen,
and few have been more thoroughly in touch with the growing fortunes of this progressive town. In a substantial
sense he has had a hand in its upbuilding, for during the past thirteen years he has erected many of its finest
buildings and incidentally has been the means of raising immeasureably the architectural standard of the town.
Financial gain is the first and also the legitimate object of any undertaking, but it is doubtful if in any business
is it so essential that men engaged therein should under all circumstances follow strict lines of integrity as
in that of general contracting, wherein is not only involved a large amount of money, but the building erected
must stand and give service for years and consequently should be done on honor. This is the first consideration
in whatever Mr. Vogensen attempts and without question is the secret of his phenomenal success as a contractor
Mr. Vogensen was born in Haderslev, Denmark, August 2, 1865, and when a youth of seventeen years he put into execution
a plan which had been forming in his mind to come to the United States. Embarking from Denmark in April, 1883,
after reaching New York he came by rail across the continent to San Francisco, and from there came to Petaluma,
his residence here dating from May 26, 1883. This has been his home ever since, with the exception of two years
spent in the Willamette valley, Ore. Among the buildings which stand as monuments to his skill and ability as a
contractor and builder may be mentioned the telephone building, Schoeningh Brothers block, postoffice building,
Canevascini livery stables, Danger's poultry farm buildings (over fifty in number and the largest buildings in
the United States devoted to that purpose). Golden Eagle Flour Mill, Gossage building, Sweet building, Dr. Peoples'
residence, Captain Mount's residence, the Swiss-American Bank building, and bank outfitting for the Wickersham
building, many fine residences throughout the city not enumerated above and creamery buildings in various parts
of the county, besides which he is now erecting the Catholic parochial residence at Olema, Mann county. This is
only a partial list of Mr. Togensen's accomplishments since coming to Petaluma, but the high class of work here
shown proves conclusively that the utmost confidence is reposed in his ability, an honor which he appreciates and
honestly merits. A further example of his architectural ability may be seen in his fine new residence on Fifth
and H streets, with a mission cottage adjoining. The grounds are tastefully laid out and well kept up.
Mr. Vogensen's marriage in 1902 united him with one of his country women, Miss Christina Andresen, and three children,
Amelia, Halvor and Corm, have been born to them. In addition to his business as a contractor Mr. Vogensen is a
director of the Swiss-American Bank, a member of the board of trustees of Petaluma, a member of the Chamber of
Commerce, and is also connected with other commercial organizations in the town. Fraternally he is identified with
all branches of the Odd Fellows order, and is past grand president of Dania Lodge. He was made a Mason in Petaluma
Lodge No. 180. F. & A. M. Taken all and all, Mr. Vogensen is a successful and enterprising man, devoted to
family, friends and fellowmen, and is esteemed by all for his upright and worthy character.
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911
Sonoma County, CA
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