GEORGE L. HOOSON
In the improvement and development of Hayward, George L. Hooson has been a prominent figure. As a cement contractor,
he has done a large amount of sewer, sidewalk, road and foundation work, in which he has been highly successful.
Mr. Hooson is a native of the locality in which he now lives, having been born in Hayward on the 9th of June, 1880,
and is a son of Casper and Catherine (Sullivan) Hooson, the former born in Alsace-Lorraine, Germany, and the latter
at St. Johns, New Brunswick. The father and his brother George came to the United States when young men, locating
in Ohio, where they worked at the carpenter trade. In 1849 Casper Hooson joined the gold rush to California, coming
across the plains, and for several years worked in the mines of northern California. Later he located at Union
City, Alameda county, where he was employed at the carpenter trade and also did contracting, until during the early
'60s, when he moved to Hayward. Here he successfully followed the same line of business up to the time of his retirement,
and his death occurred in 1902, when he was ninety seven years of age. His wife came to San Leandro in 1876, was
married here, and her death occurred here in 1916.
George L. Hooson was reared in Hayward, where he attended the grammar school to the age of fourteen years, when
he went to work ford Geary & Grindell, liverymen and undertakers. He remained with that firm for fourteen years,
and then went to Sacramento, where for four years he was employed by F. A. Lafferty, who operated a large livery
business. Returning then to Hayward, he went to work in the livery and undertaking establishment of Sorensen Brothers,
with whom he remained three years, quitting that firm to go into the cement eontracting business, in which he is
still engaged. He has done a vast amount of work in his line throughout this part of the county and, due to his
honest and thorough workmanship and his honorable business methods, he has won not only large material success,
but, what is of more value, the confidence and respect of the public.
In 1908 Mr. Hooson was united in marriage to Miss Leona L. Kerr, who is a native of Illinois, and they are the
parents of one child, George W., who is a graduate of the Hayward grammar school and is now a student in St. Elizabeth's
school at Oakland. Mr. Hooson takes an active part in local public affairs and is an ardent supporter of the republican
party. He is a member of Cypress Camp, No. 141, W. O. W.; Eden Parlor, No. 110, N. S. G. W., Lodge No. 86, I. D.
E. S.; and is also a director of the Hayward Builders Exchange. He has led an industrious life, idleness being
foreign to his nature, and has so ordered his actions as to earn the sincere respect of all who know him, being
regarded as one of the substantial and dependable citizens of his community.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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