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            Samuel Oberdeener, druggist of Santa Clara, was born at San Francisco, California, September 14, 1859.  His father, Moses Oberdeener, deceased,{transcribers note- died 1885 at age 60) was a prominent druggist and prosperous business man at Santa Clara for a number of years.  Samuel removed with his father’s family from San Francisco to Santa Clara when he was eleven years of age.  At the age of fourteen he graduated at the Santa Clara High School with the class of 1874.  He then entered his father’s drug-store as a clerk, at Santa Clara, to learn the drug business.  In 1879 he entered the Department of Pharmacy in the State University of California, at San Francisco, at which he graduated with honor in 1880, receiving the gold medal awarded for his high standing in his class. Returning to Santa Clara, he clerked in his father’s drug-store until September 1, 1882, when he became his father’s successor by purchase.

            Politically, he is a Republican.  In 1888 he received the unanimous vote for member of the Board of School Directors for the town of Santa Clara.  He is an Odd Fellow, and holds a membership in Santa Clara Lodge, No. 52, I. O. O. F., of which he is Past Grand.  He is also a member of Santa Clara Encampment, No. 32, I. O. O. F., of which he is Past Chief Patriarch and Treasurer.  In 1887 he was appointed, by the Grand Encampment of the State of California, District Deputy Grand Patriarch for the Thirteenth District of the State of California.

            April 25, 1887, he was married at Santa Clara to Miss Emma Lauck, daughter of George and Magdellena Lauck, of Santa Clara.

Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.

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Transcribed by Kathy Sedler
Proofread by Betty Vickroy


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