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The president of the John Breuner Co., Louis F. Breuner, of Sacramento, Cal., was born in the city of Sacramento, state of California, on the 15th day of August, 1869. He is the son of John and Katharine (Kenchler) Breuner, both natives of the Fatherland. John Breuner came to the United States in 1849, and to California in 1852, locating at Sacramento, where he established the well- known furniture firm of John Breuner Co. It is difficult to point to a better instance of what may be accomplished by perseverance and principle than is presented in the history of John Breuner, who, in spite of the many serious and discouraging obstacles encountered in the way of fire and floods, rebuilt his store which now stands as a commendable monument to his undaunted and honest business methods. John Breuner was a leader in his profession, and his genial disposition held the respect of the entire community until his death in 1890.

It was in the public schools of Sacramento that Louis F. Breuner was educated. He was compelled to leave school at the early age of eighteen years on account of the impaired health of his father, which caused much responsibility of the latter 's extensive furniture interests to fall upon the young shoulders of Louis and his brother John, Jr. When the father passed away the sons continued the business under the name of John Breuner. A few years later, through the untiring and energetic efforts of Louis and John, Jr., a magnificent building was built, which now stands as an orna- ment to the city of Sacramento. The business was greatly enlarged by the addition of new departments, ranking the firm as a strictly house furnishing establishment and one of the largest on the Pacific coast.

Louis F. Breuner is a man of honorable and progressive character, numbering his friends by the hundreds, not alone in his own town and state, but the eastern states as well, where his business interests take him yearly. He has always taken a keen interest in the development and prosperity of the city and is one of the leaders in any movement proposed for the good of the community at large. Being the incumbent of high positions of different kinds, Mr. Brenner has been in the public eye practically all his life.

Mr. Breuner has been closely affiliated with Masonic work for the past fifteen years, being a Knight Templar and a life member of the Shrine. He has been a member of the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar of the state of California, for ten years and over, having been elected in April, 1910, to the highest office of the Grand Commandery, that of Grand Commander of the State, which he held for one year. He has the distinction of being one of the youngest men to hold this position, such honors in the past having fallen to the lot of men in older years.

Mr. Breuner was the youngest man called to the presidency of the Chamber of Commerce, which office he held with signal ability during the period of 1900-2. He is past president of Simset Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West, with which order he has been identified since becoming of age. He is an Elk, Woodman of the World, and a member of the Sutter Club of Sacramento and the Union League and Olympia Clubs of San Francisco. On June 14, 1893, Mr. Breuner married in Cincinnati, Ohio, Clara F. L. Schmidt, a native of that city. They have five sons. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011