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Adolphe Roos Obituary

29 Dec 1908, San Francisco Chronicle, p. 10



Adolphe Roos Succumbs to Long Illness at Home in This City


Adolphe Roos, founder and senior partner of the firm of Roos Brothers, died at 1:30 o’clock yesterday morning, after a lingering and painful illness. Although the aged merchant had been ill for a long time and submitted to an operation last April, his relatives did not anticipate that the end would come so soon, and they were terribly shocked at his death, which occurred at the family residence, Jackson and Octavia streets.


He was born in Weissenburg, Alsace, a few miles from Strassburg, seventy-one years ago, and received his early education in the schools of his native town. He came to San Francisco in 1857. In the course of a few years he became well and favorably known throughout the city and founded the firm of Roos Brothers in 1869, with his brother, Achille. Through its sterling integrity and strict business methods the firm acquired a most enviable reputation for fair dealing and for catering to the best trade, until its name became a household word, a reputation which it still enjoys. The business prospered and a branch was established in Virginia, Nev., where the firm repeated the success it had attained here.


For thirty-five years and until the fire of 1906 the firm conducted business at the corner of Kearny and Post streets, and held patronage of the most desirable trade in California.


For the last three years Adolphe had relinquished active participation in the management of the business, leaving the burdens and care of the extensive establishment to this brother, Achille, and to his three sons, who followed the path he had marked out for them.


While blunt and unconventional in manner and speech, he was exceedingly kind and generous, and gave without stint to the poor and needy. He was a contributing member to almost every charitable and philanthropic organization in California, and dispensed much charity privately and without ostentation. He contributed toward orphanages, homes for the aged, kindergartens, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, and found delight in giving. On one occasion a committee, while collecting a fund for charity, failed to call upon him before the desired amount had been secured. He felt slighted, sent his check for a generous sum, and requested the committee not to overlook him again when on a like mission.


He was a member of La Parfaite Union, No. 17, Free and Accepted Masons, and of Bay City Lodge, No. 71, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


The Permanent Downtown Association, at a meeting yesterday, adopted resolutions of condolence on learning of his death. 


A widow and three sons—George H., Leon L. and Robert A. Roos—and a brother, Achille, survive him. The funeral will be held to-morrow morning from the residence, 2000 Jackson street.

Owner/SourceSan Francisco Chronicle
Date29 Dec 1908
Linked toAdolphe ROOS

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