The Valley of Heart's Delight
Palo Alto's French Laundry
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
PALO ALTO HISTORY AND GENEALOGY
SANTA CLARA COUNTY -The Valley of Heart's Delight'
July 19, 2005