"Mayor of Alum Rock"
The career of George W. Alexander has manifested business
enterprise and progressiveness, and he is the energetic president of the Alexander
Company, manufactures of Tru-Malt Syrup. A New Yorker by birth, he was
born February 22, 1863, in New York City, a son of Isadore and Emily
Alexander, who were early settlers in California, coming here as early as 1849,
via Nicaragua, the mother returning to
her native state, where the subject of this sketch was born. Her return
trip was made by the way of the Isthmus
of Panama. The father was a shoemaker by trade, and was the fist man to
teach the Chinamen of San Francisco to make slippers, and at onetime employed
as many as 300 men. He was a man of liberal education and conducted
stores in Oakland and San Francisco with marked success. Both parents have
George W. Alexander was educated in the public schools of Oakland and learned his trade under the able supervision of his father. He removed to San Jose in 1884 and for eighteen years was engaged in the shoe business. He has the distinction of being the first superintendent of Alum Rock Park, and became known as the “Mayor of Alum Rock."
The marriage of Mr. Alexander occurred in San Jose and united him with Miss Celestine Hart, the oldest daughter of Leopold A Hart, pioneer dry good merchant of San Jose. Mr. Alexander lends his time and influence to the betterment of his community in general, is actively identified with the Chamber of commerce, Merchants' Association, and Humane society. Fraternally he is affiliated with the local organization of Elks. His recreation , from his busy cares, is playing golf and he was a charter member of the Golf Club of San Jose and is also a member of the Country Club. Throughout his entire life, he has exercised high and honorable principles and his activities for the good of the community in which he has resided for so many years, has been far-reaching and resultant.
Sawyer, Eugene T,History of Santa Clara County, California :
with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the county
who have been identified with its growth and development from the early
days to the present
Los Angeles, Calif.: Historic Record Co., 1922, 1776 pgs.
Transcribed by CDF
Transcribers Note---------1933 a Hart Family Murder made national news.........