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The artistic ability displayed by Mr. Ebel in floriculture comes to him as an inheritance, for his father, Frederick Ebel, has few superiors in landscape gardening and in the appropriate selection of plants to produce certain desired effects. The two have exercised an uplifting influence upon their art in Sacramento, influencing the residents to develop taste in the selection of plants, in the arrangements of flowers upon their lawns and in the massing of plants for display. The beautiful lawns of the capital city arouse the admiration of all visitors and not a little credit for the same justly belongs to the Ebels, who possess in an unusual degree a genuine love for flowers and a remarkable taste in the creation of artistic effects in landscape gardening. The elder florist, who was born in Hamburg, Germany, and came direct from his native land to Sacramento about 1870, has always made a specialty of landscape gardening, in which capacity he was employed on the state capitol grounds. While in the employ of the Crocker family during the early days he assisted in their important designs for artistic landscape effects and platted as well as superintended the grounds of their art gallery. Throughout his entire life he has engaged in the one occupation. No inducements have been sufficient to divert him from the business of his choice and he is now conducting a florist's establishment on Tenth and P streets, where he carries a complete stock of cut flowers as well as every variety of plant life appealing to his large circle of customers.

At the time of his arrival in Sacramento Frederick Ebel was a single man, but shortly afterward he was united in marriage with Miss Dora Stehr, a native of the same German city as himself. They have lost one of their children, a son, August, and the surviving members of their family are Mark H. and Lucy, the latter being the widow of William Woolston, of Sacramento. Mark H. was born in Sacramento November 10, 1874, received a common-school education in his native city and after leaving school worked for his father for a time, meanwhile acquiring a thorough knowledge of plants and flowers. For three years he had the management of the floral business of C. B. Strong & Co., and upon the discontinuation of the same by the owners he purchased the florist's department, which he has since conducted, having been at different locations at various times since he started in business for himself during 1893. At this writing he is the owner and manager of the establishment at Nos. 1016-18 Seventh street, where he conducts one of the most attractive stores of its kind in the city. He has established home ties, having been married September 7, 1911, to Miss Louise Dougherty, of Sacramento, a lady of education and culture, who joins with him in maintaining an intelligent interest in all movements for the betterment of the city. Bv virtue of his birth in Sacramento he has become identified with the Native Sons of the Golden West, while his fraternal relations are further expanded through membership with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Independent Order of Foresters. Ever since he attained his majority he has voted the Republican ticket at national elections and has maintained a warm interest in public enterprises, but has not aspired to official honors nor cared to identify himself with partisan politics. 

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