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JOHN SUVERKRUP

 

 

†††† John Suverkrup had been actively and successfully identified with the lumber business in San Bernardino for a third of a century when he passed away in March, 1922, and his interests are still carried forward under the name of the John Suverkrup Lumber Company, which conducts branches in Riverside and other cities in southern California.He was born in Schleswig-Holstein, near Kiel, Germany, April 26, 1851, his parents being Frederick and Dorothy (Bowk) Suverkrup, lifelong residents of the same locality.

†††† John Suverkrup attended the public schools at the place of his nativity and after putting aside his textbooks was apprenticed to a flour miller, learning the milling trade, at which he worked until he had attained the age of twenty years.In 1871 he crossed the Atlantic to the United States, landing in New York, where he worked in a sugar refinery for two years.The he determined to come west and in 1873 arrived in San Francisco, where he was employed in a grist mill for six months.Next he made his way to Sacramento, where he purchased a partnership in a grocery store but sold out at the end of eighteen months.Then he came to San Bernardino and here he remained.Mr. Suverkrup first rented a ranch, started a dairy thereon and conducted the same successfully for nine years.In 1884 he purchased a ranch but later disposed of the property.In 1887 he acquired an interest with John Hook in two sections of timber land and the following year embarked in the retail lumber business in San Bernardino in association with Mr. Hook, whose interest he bought about 1910.Thereafter he continued in the lumber business alone to the time of his death, developing a trade of extensive and profitable proportions and becoming widely recognized as a capable and reliable business man.His honorable methods and his genial personality made him many friends throughout the district in which he operated; square dealing was the keynote of his life, and he fully merited his prosperity and high standing.

†††† In 1894 Mr. Suverkrup was united in marriage to Miss Emma Williamson, a daughter of William Williamson, of San Francisco.They became the parents of three sons, as follows: Herbert, who married Estelle Rucker, and has a son and a daughter, John Herbert and Barbara Estelle; John Edward, who married Stella Mason and has one child, Meredith; and Fred.

†††† Mr. Suverkrup gave his political support to the Republican Party and always manifested a keen interest in civic movements of worth, contributing much to the progress of his home city.He held membership in the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce and was among the pioneers to whom so much is owed for their early work in the development of the city and state.He belonged to the Fraternal Aid Society and was highly esteemed throughout the community in which he so long resided.Coming to the new world in young manhood, he here found the opportunities which he sought and through their wise utilization won both prosperity and an honored name.His death, which occurred March 9, 1922, when he was nearly seventy-one years of age, was the occasion of deep and widespread regret.Mrs. Suverkrup, who survives her husband, erected a beautiful home at 423 Eighteenth Street in 1931 and is a recognized leader in San Bernardinoís social circles.

 

 

 

Transcribed by Bill Simpkins.

Source: California of the South Vol. II, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 243-244, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,Indianapolis.1933.


© 2012 Bill Simpkins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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