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J. BERNHARD KLUNE

A native of Hanover, Germany, born May 31, 1849, son of J. D. and Mary Klune, this well known and popular jeweler of Sacramento came to the United States in 1868 and has proven himself such an adopted son as his chosen country may well be proud of. He had attended public and then private schools in his native land until he was fourteen years of age, and the following four years he had industriously and determinedly devoted to an acquisition of a knowledge of the jeweler's trade. That knowledge he gained by actual work under skilled and well-informed masters who saw to it that he was not neglected in any feature of their ancient and beautiful handicraft. Consequently, at nineteen, he was well fitted for the career he had chosen, and his experience has demonstrated that he made no mistake in choosing Sacramento as a field for his endeavors toward success.

Soon after his arrival in America he settled at Sacramento, where he was employed as a watchmaker by his uncle until 1879. He then embarked in the jewelry business for himself, and his success is well known to all observing citizens of Sacramento. His business prospered almost from the outset and was enlarged from time to time until in 1907 it was found necessary to incorporate it, which measure brought it prominently before the public under the style of Klune & Floberg. Mr. Klune was elected president of the company, and he has been its general manager, planning its business and directing the steady advancement which has brought it into the front rank of concerns of its kind in California. He is a member of Washington Lodge No. 20, F. & A. M., Sacramento Chapter No. 3, R. A. M., Sacramento Commandery No. 2, K. T., and is also a Scottish Rite thirty-second degree Mason and member of Islam Temple, N. M. S., of San Francisco. In addition, he affiliates with the Elks, the Foresters and the Maccabees. In religion he is a Lutheran, in politics a Republican. He married in Sacramento, May 2, 1879, Miss Emma Rave, and they had one child, Bernhard R., who passed away aged thirty- two years. 


Source:
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