L. P. BEHRENS
Few men have brought more honor and recognition to San Mateo county then L.P. Behrens, cashier of the First National Bank and president of the San Mateo County Savings Bank of Redwood City. As a banker and financier Mr. Behrens has become known throughout the state so favorably that the honor of being president of the California Bankers’ Association fell to him.
This was a rare distinction to come to a man from a county which had so few members of the Association and was so unimportant compared with the great financial centers of the state. As a recognition of the splendid service of Mr. Behrens to the Association, he was presented with a beautiful loving cup when he retired from office.
As the directing genius of two of the county’s largest financial institutions, Mr. Behrens has been a potent factor in the development of Redwood City and the peninsula. He has financed many large business enterprises and has been instrumental in locating several large industrial plants on the peninsula.
The $1,250,000 bond issue for good roads is only one of the big movements for the betterment of the county that has received Mr. Behrens’ hearty support and which can attribute its success in a great measure to his work and influence.
Mr. Behrens’ business demands have partly restricted his activities in public life, although he has found time to serve as a member of the Board of Governors of the San Mateo County Development Association and president of the Sequoia Union high school board.
Mr. Behrens was born in Shasta City, Cal., on August 24, 1860. Before coming to Redwood City twenty-five years ago he had interests in Colorado and Alameda County. He belongs to the Masons and Odd Fellows.
Transcribed by Betty Wilson
Source: History of San Mateo County by Philip W. Alexander & Charles P. Hamm page 162. Press of Burlingame Publishing Co., Burlingame, CA. 1916.
© 2004 Betty Wilson.
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