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.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Hebrews 12:1