SANTA CLARA COUNTY The Valley of Heart's Delight
From the Commemorative Edition January 1, 1892, San Jose Daily Mercury
MEN WE ALL KNOW
Biographical Sketches of Well-Known San Joseans
THE STORY OF THEIR SUCCESS.
SURNAMES: SCHEMMEL, STEIGER,
Herman C. Pfister of the firm Schemmel & Pfister was born in San Jose November 12, 1861. He is the youngest son of Adolph Pfister, a pioneer of California, and one of the best known and most respected citizens of this
county. Mr. Pfister Sr. came around Cape Horn with Colonel Stevensons' regiment in 1847, was at the mines in El Dorado county during the gold excitement, and has twice been Mayor of the city of San Jose, and is the
founder of the San Jose Free Library.
Herman C., the subject of this sketch, was educated in San Jose Institute, now long since closed, and in 1878 engaged in the hardware business, at 64East Santa Clara street. He successfully conducted that business for twelve years, selling out in 189- and buying an interest in the musical establishment of his brother-in-law, H.L. Schemmel. On the 24th of last
June Mr. Pfister was married to Miss Lena Steiger, daughter of the founder of the Pottery Works.
Mr. Pfister looks after the financial matters of the firm, whose business is the largest of any music store on the coast outside of San Francisco,and embraces several of the adjoining counties. Mr. Pfister is a member of Palo Alto 82, Native Sons, and a director of the Germania Club.
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