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In our commerce and industries, from the railroad builder to the bank president, our foreign-born citizens have shown excellent qualities, and this is especially true of the natives of Austria. Bernard Frommer was born in Kra Kow, Austria, and landed in New York City in 1884, coming to San Francisco from there in 1888, and was for several years thereafter employed along mercantile lines. He came to Sacramento in 1895 and in that year and in 1896 was employed as salesman in cue of the stores of that city. Then he opened a small furnishing store for men on K street and two years later opened his present clothing store at 301-303 K street, in a fine business building of which he is now the owner. As a progressive merchant and man of commercial achievement he has made a record that might well be envied by any business man in California. His beginning was comparatively small and represented very little capital, but by close application to business and by his splendid judgment and financing he has been very successful and built up a large trade. He has amassed a comfortable fortune, being the owner of much valuable real estate, one of his choice holdings being at the corner of Eleventh and K streets. On this, in 1912, Mr. Frommer erected the Frommer Building which is a credit to the city as well as himself. It is a four story structure of Roman pressed brick with terra cotta finish, and it is the consensus of opinion that it is the most modern and up-to-date building in construction and architecture of any in the city. He took a very active part in the building of the Hotel Sacramento, of which he is a large stockholder.

To some extent Mr. Frommer may be said to have inherited his peculiar business ability from his father, who was a successful merchant in Austria. He is a member of the Retail Merchants Association of Sacramento and of the local Chamber of Commerce, is identified with the Jewish Congregational church and is active in various charitable societies. As a business man he is public-spirited and helpful to all worthy interests. His parents died in Austria some years ago and lie has a sister living in the old family home. He has been as successful in his real estate as in his commercial ventures and those who know him best know that his success has been honorably achieved. All in all, he is one of the notable upbuilders of Sacramento. 

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