El Dorado County
HENRY A. GIEBENHAIN
Henry A. Giebenhain is numbered among California’s native sons. He is now residing in Placerville, where he is engaged in business as the proprietor of the Mountain Brewery, which was established in this city in 1853. He was born here on the 15th of December, 1864. His father, Fred Giebenhain, was a native of Germany and crossed the Atlantic Ocean and North America to California in 1852. The next year he came to Placer County, where he engaged in mining. He followed that pursuit at Gold Hill and at Mud Springs, and also conducted a bakery at Gold Hill. In 1857 he came to Placerville and purchased the Mountain Brewery, which he successfully conducted. It was one of the first in the county and he supplied Placerville and the adjacent cities with the products of his brewery, which were also shipped to Nevada. As the output was of excellent quality he enjoyed a large sale and his business continuously increased.
In 1857 Mr. Giebenhain was united in marriage to Miss Mary Foster, a native of Germany, who in 1856 immigrated from her native country and became a resident of Auburn, California, joining her sister who was then living there. Mr. and Mrs. Giebenhain became the parents of seven children, all born in Placerville, and of this number six are still living, namely: Fred, at home; Carrie, the wife of Jacob Winhart, a resident of Dayton, Washington; George, who died in the thirty-first year of his age; Henry A., of this review; and William, Frank and Mary, who are still with their mother. The home is a large brick residence situated near the brewery. Mr. Giebenhain died leaving his family in good circumstances, for through an enterprising business career he had acquired a comfortable competence.
In politics he was a Democrat and in religious views was a Presbyterian. His wife is a member of the Catholic Church and is an estimable lady. The sons, Henry and William, hold membership relations with the Native Sons of the Golden West. Henry Giebenhain is a careful and prosperous businessman, of keen discernment and indefatigable energy, and in the control of the brewery is meeting with excellent success. He is a worthy representative of a family that is widely and favorably known in Placerville.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.