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Among the successful business men of Sacramento is William Hencken, who was born in San Francisco, August 1, 1874, the son of John and Anna Hencken, natives of Germany, who came to California on a sailing vessel around Cape Horn in the '50s. The son attended the public schools of his native city until he reached the age of fifteen years, when he started out to work for himself, and for a period covering seven years he filled several store clerkships, only relinquishing the duties of one position to assume another higher up and more remunerative. Thinking to better himself he came, in 1898, to Sacramento, where he accepted the first position that was offered him, that of driver for the Union Laundry and this he filled for four years, meanwhile becoming familiar with that line of business. He was instrumental in organizing the Sacramento Laundry Co., now located at Front and streets, of which he is vicee-president, and the same steady devotion to business he has maintained during the last eight years has helped to make the company a success.

Mr. Hencken 's first marriage was solemnized November 15, 1899, to Miss Lulu Thielbahr, by whom lie had two children, Victor and Carl. Three years after her death he married her sister, Miss Edna Thielbahr, of Sacramento, and they have a daughter, Margaret.

William Hencken is a member of the Foresters and the Woodmen of the World, and is an earnest fraternity man. He is politically a Republican, broadminded and progressive. 

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