Frank Brunst, manufacturer of and dealer in cigars at No. 131 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1842. He attended the public schools up to the age of fourteen years, when he commenced learning the cigar and tobacco business, working in his native town for eight years. In 1863 he came to the United States, arriving in New York January 19, 1864, and came almost immediately, via Panama, to San Francisco. He remained in San Francisco four years working at his trade. In 1868 he came to San Jose, where he has remained, engaged in cigar manufacturing and dealing. He first commenced this business with F. Bunemann (lately deceased), but for the last sixteen years has been alone in the business. He sells the most of his goods to dealers in Santa Clara County.
He was married in 1870, to Miss Annie Mercker, a native of Bavaria, Germany. They have one child, Frank Brunst, Jr., engaged in the factory with his father. Mr. Brunst is a member of the Independent Order of Red Men, of Hermann’s Sons, and of the Turnverein in San Jose. His parents were John and Magdalena (Gutfreund) Brunst, both natives of Bavaria. His father died in his native place and his mother came to California and died at the home of her daughter, at the age of eighty-one years.
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- Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.
Transcribed by Kathy Sedler
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