California Genealogy and History Archives
son of Philip and Clara Bettens, R. M. Bettens was born at Vevay, Ind.,
May 10, 1874, and there he was reared until he was about thirteen years
old, acquiring Ms primary education in the public schools. Then he was
brought to California by his parents, who settled at Escondido in 1887,
and it was in the high school there that the succeeding two years were
In 1889 young Bettens began his business career as a clerk in a general merchandise store, where he was employed, with increasing responsibilities and increasing earnings, five years. Subsequently, with his brother, Albert, as a partner, he took up hotel work at Byron Springs. There they remained until 1901, when they leased the St. James Hotel at San Jose, Cal., catering to the public successfully, with increasing knowledge of and liking for the business, until July, 1909, when they took over under lease the Sacramento Hotel, at Sacramento. Since then they have successfully operated both hotels. Their management of these two fine public houses has been of such a character as to commend them very approvingly to the traveling and wheeling people of Northern California, and it is probable that no hotel man in this part of the state is more widely or more favorably known than is Mr. Bettens. It may be added that his acquaintance has been extended and made permanent bv his helpful membership of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011