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Without considering whether or not they are fitted for a higher charge than the one which has been entrusted to them, many people are bitter in their denunciation of fate, feeling assured of their ability to serve in some particular niche which they fancy has been unjustly denied them, and forgetting the old adage concerning the wisdom of him who keeps on improving himself, whether or no he descries upon life's ladder a higher position which may, if he be prepared, belong to him. Fully cognizant of the importance of making himself familiar with the line of work in which he chose to cast his efforts, and mindful also of the necessity of daring in the presence of confidence in his own powers, was Mr. Elkus, who passed away at his home in San Francisco, after a successful and honorable career as a leading manufacturer and retail clothier of that city. Of Teutonic origin, his birth occurred in Berlin, Germany, where, also, were born his parents. Leaving school at the age of thirteen he immigrated to America and engaged as a cap manufacturer in the east. In 1850, after an eventful trip by way of Cape Horn, he arrived in Sacramento, where he established a clothing store, later opening a factory devoted to the manufacture of furnishing goods and clothing, and he successfully conducted both ventures until his death.

Mr. Elkus was married to Miss Cordelia deYoung, and they were the parents of ten children, of whom seven are living. Albert, the eldest, began early in life to interest himself in his father's business. Born in Sacramento, August 17, 1857, he received his education in the schools of his home section, graduating from high school when but sixteen. Shortly thereafter he accepted a position as typesetter in the service of the Sacramento Bee, resigning after two years to become his father's bookkeeper. In this capacity he learned the business thoroughly and became proficient in the management of every detail of the business, much to his father's satisfaction. Many times has Albert Elkus demonstrated his capability and adaptation for the various situations he is required to meet and 'the offices of honor which he is called upon to fill and, as his father's successor, he has maintained most progressive measures, being also widely known for his just measures toward those who are subordinate to him.

A man of exemplary principles and high regard for others, industrious and ambitious to a high degree, the life of Louis Elkus was well spent and no shadow of unfair advantage in his dealings remains to sully the name borne by his son. 

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