LOUIS EMIL SCHOENEMANN.
In nearly every community have lived individuals who by innate ability and sheer force of character have attained
success and won for themselves conspicuous places in public esteem. Such a man is Louis Emil Schoenemann, who for
nearly forty years has been numbered among the leading business men of Tulare. He was born on the 6th day of March,
1855, in Stockton, California, the son of Dr. C. W. and Sarah (Williams) Schoenemann. These parents were married
in Illinois and in 1851 started on their wedding trip, making the long and tiresome journey by ox team to California.
They located in Stockton, where Dr. Schoenemann entered upon the practice of medicine, being the pioneer in his
profession in that locality.
L. E. Schoenemann secured a good public school education and was then employed as a clerk in a store in Ione. In
1881 he came to Tulare for the benefit of his health and was so attracted by the locality that he decided to remain.
He engaged in ranching until 1884, when he went into business in Tulare, but his store was destroyed by fire two
years later. He then formed a partnership with M. C. Zumwalt, under the firm name of Schoenemann & Zumwalt,
and engaged in the gents furnishings business at No. 131 East Tulare street, where they have remained in business
continuously since. He has not only been successful in commercial affairs, but has taken an active part in every
move for the betterment of the community, being recognized as a public spirited and progressive citizen. He was
the first treasurer of the city of Tulare, holding that office for five years. He was a member of the board of
trustees for one term and also has been a member of the board of education. For the past thirty years Mr. Schoenemann
has been president of the Tulare Oil & Mining Company, with oil lands around McKittrick, Kern county.
Mr. Schoenemann was married to Miss Katherine Delehanty of Petaluma, California, who was born in New York state
and brought to California by her parents when four years of age. To Mr. and Mrs. Schoenemann have been born three
daughters: Olga, wife of E. C. Pendleton, a civil engineer for the southern California Edison Company; Clara I.,
at home; and Geneva, who died in 1909. Mr. Schoenemann is a republican. He has for forty seven years been an active
member of the Masons, and also belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World, of
which he was the first presiding officer; and the Tulare Board of Trade. He is an Episcopalian in religious faith.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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