SURNAMES: GROTHE, BRANDWOLD, WOLDHAGEN,
Industry and perseverance have been leading traits in the career of Ole
Jordheim, junior member of the firm known as the Faultless Bakery,
conducting a wholesale and retail baking business in San Jose. Mr.
Jordheim was born in Jordheim, Gol Parish, Hallingdale, Norway, August
15, 1891, the son of Ole and Barbara (Grothe) Brandwold, both natives
of Norway. The father had fine educational advantages in his native
country, and in 1900 he removed with his family to Edinburg, N. D.,
where he owns a large general merchandise store. The mother passed away
when Ole was a child of seven. She was the daughter of. Odd Grothe,
better known as the "Larer og Kirkesanger," teacher and deacon in the
parish of Hemsedal. Although eighty-eight years of age, he is still
active and holds an important position, able to teach and lead the
singing in the parish church. Mr. Brandwold was married a second time
and lives in North Dakota.
After the death of his mother, Ole Jordheim went to live with his
maternal grandfather. His education was obtained in the government
schools of his native parish, later he took a course of two years in
the Christiania high school, where he became well versed in the English
and Norwegian languages. His first ambition after finishing school, was
to become a teacher, but the glowing tales of opportunity and wealth to
be gained in America proved too alluring, and he sailed from
Christiania, arriving at Hull, England, thence by rail to Liverpool,
where he again took passage, arriving at Ellis Island, New York in
April, 1908. From New York he went to Edinburg, N. D. for a visit to
his father. In the fall of 1908 he arrived in San Francisco, where his
uncle, Knudt Grothe, was engaged in manufacturing ice-cream cones. Mr.
Jordheim was employed in this business for eleven years. At the end of
this time, he removed to San Jose where he opened an ice-cream cone
factory, but was only engaged in this line for six months. On October
31, 1920, he acquired an interest in the Faultless Bakery, purchasing
Mr. Gold's interest. Since that time, the bakery has been removed to
more commodious quarters and remodeled. The firm does a wholesale and
retail business with a capacity of 4000 loaves a day.
The marriage of Mr. Jordheim in San Francisco in 1915, united him with
Miss Signe Woldhagen, a native of Trondjhem, Norway. She came from
Norway to America when but seventeen years of age. Mr. Jordheim is a
great lover of music and was for six consecutive years secretary of the
Nordmandene's Sangforenig of San Francisco; he is also a member of the
Sons of Norway. He gives unstintingly of his time and means to promote
measures of advancement of his adopted city. That which has won Mr.
Jordheim the esteem and popularity so universally accorded him is the
character which is his both by inheritance and training, his many
sterling qualities establishing him firmly in the business and social
circles of the city.