Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog
1. The Artist: Vital statistics
Choosing the sources most likely to be reliable leads to the following biographical profile of the artist. (The sources, in parentheses, are identified more completely at the end of this page.)
|name:||Frederick Ferdinand Schäfer (German; from signatures)|
Frederick Ferdinand Schafer (Americanization; Great Register)
|parents:||names not located; both born in Prussia (Census 1880)|
|born:||Brunswick (Braunschweig) (Interview)|
Prussia (now part of Germany) (Census 1880)
August 16, 1839 (Certificate 1, year confirmed in Great Register)
|married:||Sophia Braun (1838-1924), (Certificate 2, Obituary 2)|
(spelled Soffia in Census 1880)
in 1860 (Interview)
|children:||Otto M. (1867-1911) (Interview, Obituary 1, Obituary 2)|
Eda (1882-1935) (Interview, Obituary 1, Obituary 2)
|moved to U.S.:||1876 (age 37) (Certificate 1)|
|moved to California:||by late 1876 (Certificate 1, Advertisement)|
|studio:||San Francisco, California, 1880-1886 (Directory 1)|
presumably in his residence from 1887 onwards
|residence:||Myrtle Street, Oakland, California, 1880-1882 (Directory 2, Census 1880)|
Alameda, California, 1883-1904 (Directory 2)
Oakland, California, 1905-1927 (Directory 2)
|naturalized:||San Francisco, California, October 24, 1884 (Great Register)|
|died:||Oakland, California, July 18, 1927 (age 87) (Certificate 1, Obituary 1)|
Interview: William K. Dick's notes (undated, c. 1975) of a conversation with grandson Frederick O. Hughes.
Certificate 1: Death certificate of Frederick Schafer, signed by his daughter Eda (Mrs. J. C. Freitas).
Certificate 2: Death certificate of Sophia Braun Schafer, as reported by William K. Dick.
Obituary 1: Frederick Schafer, Oakland Tribune, 19 July 1927.
Obituary 2: Sophia Schafer, Oakland Tribune, 1 July 1924.
Advertisement: San Francisco Evening Bulletin, 3 October 1876, advertisement of painting sale.
Directory 1: Langley's San Francisco Directory, 1880-1886.
Directory 2: Husted's Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley Directory, 1879-1927.
Great Register: Great Register of Alameda County, California, 1886, page 155, entry 11595. (Schafer's entry also appears in the Great Register of 1888.)
Census 1880: United States Census for Myrtle Street, Oakland, Alameda County, California, June 3, 1880. (As reported by ancestry.com.)
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