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The old and honorable trade of mirror-making is one requiring peculiar skill and experience and only those succeed in it who have given it careful and patient study. One of the successful mirror- makers of California is Herman Rydberg, No. 2116 Fourth street, Sacramento. Mr. Rydberg was born in Smaalan, Sweden, May 16, 1869, and was there educated and initiated into the mysteries of mirror-making. When he was eighteen years old he went to Australia, where he worked at his trade until 1906. From Australia he came to San Francisco and engaged in business on his own account. After eighteen months' successful experience there, he came to Sacramento and established a place for the manufacture of mirrors at First and I streets under the name of the Sacramento Mirror and Glass Beveling works. In April, 1911, he moved his establishment to Fourth and U streets, where he erected a fine factory, covering a ground space of 30x80 feet, fitted up with new machinery and all essentials for the successful manufacture of fine mirrors and the accurate beveling and artistic decoration of glass. His business gives constant employment to four men.

March 26, 1909, Mr. Rydberg married Miss Lucy Smith, a native of Scotland, who had come to Sacramento. They have a son, George, who was born March 27, 1910. Politically Mr. Rydberg is a Republican; he affiliates with the Masons and the Fraternal Brother- hood, and he and Mrs. Rydberg are attendants upon the services of the German Lutheran church, toward the maintenance of the varied interests of which they are liberal contributors. 

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