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Of that energetic and progressive blood that makes the German- American a good citizen in whatever community his lot may be cast, the well-known bookbinder of Sacramento whose name gives prominence to this page was born August 3, 1876, a son of Charles F. and Henrietta (Motfelt) Weisman, natives of the Fatherland of history and of song. His father came to the United States when a young man and served a while by enlistment in a New York regiment that did gallant duty in the Civil War. After the close of that memorable experience he came to California, making the overland journey with oxen, and arrived after about five months arduous travel in Sacramento. There he met and married Henrietta Moffelt, who in 1864 had come alone across the ocean to America and, after remaining some time in New York, had come on to California. To this worthy people were born four children, of whom William J. is the only one living in Sacramento county. Two of them live in Berkeley, Cal., and the remaining one died young.

Educated to the useful life he planned for himself Mr. Weisman acquired his training in the public schools of Sacramento. After laying down his text-books he apprenticed himself to E. W. Bruennirig, of Sacramento, to learn the bookbinder's trade, and labored in his establishment six years. Those were six years of honest and earnest eudea\'or, devoted to gaining- knowledge l)oth funda- mental and in detail that would be essential to a successful career in the field that the young man had determined to enter. The succeeding eight years he passed busily in the binding department of the state library. Then for four years he was in the cigar and tobacco trade. But no success in and other department of endeavor could be so dear to him as even moderate prosperity as a book- binder, and he purchased the Sacramento Bookbindery, at No. 309 J street, which he has conducted with increasing success to the present time. His plant is modern in every detail, fitted with up-to-date machinery and appliances and capable of turning out fine work in large quantities. He makes a specialty of the manufacture of loose-leaf office devices and other record supplies which have come in demand during recent years, and as a business man and as a citizen is notably progressive. He builds not alone for himself but for the community, for he believes that the good fortune of one is in a measure the good fortune of all. In his political convictions he is Republican, and on his party ticket he was nominated for city collector in 1906, but was defeated at the polls. He married Miss Alice Collins, daughter of Wilkie Collins of Sacramento, September 28, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Weisman are popular in the circles in which they move and their home is noted for its hearty hospitality. He is identified with the Elks, with the Native Sons, with the Eagles and with the Foresters of America. Of Sacramento Parlor No. 3, N. S. G. W., he is a past president, and in the Foresters has served as chief ranger. 

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