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Duisenberg Family


Charles  DuisenbergThe family of Charles A.C. Duisenberg lived at 1031 Harrison Street. Charles Duisenberg was part of the wave of German migrants that swept into San Francisco during the late 1840s and 1850s. He was born in Bremen, Germany and came to California with his brother in the early years of the Gold Rush, where he became a successful business man.

Like many other German immigrants to San Francisco, Charles Duisenberg settled in the "wilderness" to the south of Market Streeet, close to Emmanuel Russ and his Russ Gardens. These pleasure grounds were very popular among SanDouble-click to view larger image Francisco's German community. In 1867, he married Minna Gross Schupf, an accomplished poet and author. They had six children, and the family remained in the Harrison Street house until Duisenberg's death in 1894.

The Duisenbergs were well-to-do entertained often. Although the Duisenbergs were wealthy, the block surrounding their home did not keep pace with their fashionable status. By 1887, tenement housing for the workers for nearby industries had been built near their house.

Double-click to view larger imageAfter Charles died in 1894, his widow had sold the house on Harrison Street and moved to a more fashionable neighborhood. In an abandoned privy left behind on Harrison Street, 6,981 artifacts representing 2,436 items including tablewares, bottles, clothing and shoes. It seems that before they moved, the family threw away many unwanted and outdated items. Among the things discarded were 127 serving and tableware vessels suggesting the style with which the Duisenbergs - well-known for their hospitality – entertained their guests.

 

 


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