The Valley of Heart's Delight

Palo Alto's French Laundry
BIO- Sawyers

A welcome addition to the business circles of Palo Alto is found in G. Lacoste, the genial and enterprising proprietor of the French Laundry, located at 642 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, Cal., where he does fine work and is giving the best of satisfaction to his large patronage.   He was born in France near Massous, Hautes Pyrenees, on September 14, 1886.  His father  Peter Lacoste , was a carpenter by occupation in France and served his country as a soldier in the war of 1871; he became well-to-do and owned a number of  houses in Massous and about fifty acres of land.  His father passed away in France in December, 1921, at the age of eighty-two years, but his mother, Mary Lacoste, is still living there.

G. Lacoste attended the public schools in France and there learned the laundry business.  In 1906 he set sail for New York and then crossed the country to San Francisco during the same year.  He had no trouble in finding employment in a laundry in San Francisco  and continued until the recent war, when he worked as a machinist, continuing for two years. Then he was a proprietor of a laundry in San Francisco.  In 1921 he removed to Palo Alto and purchased this business and is succeeding even beyond his expectations.

On May 1, 1921, Mr. Lacoste was married; to Miss Louise Lanassus, a native of France, and together they are making a splendid success of the  laundry business,.  Mr. Lacoste keeps a well-lighted, well-ventilated, clean and sanitary  laundry and employs three men and four women.  He is  public-spirited and is taking his place among the business men of his locality.

Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1493


SANTA CLARA COUNTY -The Valley of Heart's Delight'

July 19, 2005