Biography of Claus Spreckels


Spreckels, Claus. Sugar refiner. Born in Lamstedt, Hanover, 1828. Came to the United States in 1846. Was employed at Charleston, SC, and New York. Went to San Francisco, 1856. Conducted a store, and later a brewery. Established Bay Sugar Refinery, 1863, procuring raw material from Hawaii. Invented new refining processes. Acquired sugar properties in Hawaii. Built new refineries. Had a beet-sugar farm of 1,500 acres, and a factory at Watsonville, CA. Spreckels was a large owner in Oceanic Steamship Company, plying between San Francisco and Honolulu. Died 1908.