Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A well trained plasterer whose wife and varied experience has enabled him to carry on successfully the more important work of contracting, sometimes on a large scale, is Andrew B. Jacobsen, of Del Monte boulevard, Pacific Grove. He was born on a farm at Dwight, Illinois, July 28, 1889, and accompanied his parents to San Francisco when he was six years old. His father, Neils Jacobsen, was engaged in dairying until the great fire, following the earthquake of 1906, which destroyed all that he had. He then resolved to enter a new field and took up plastering, at which he did so well that he is now living, with his good wife, in comfortable retirement.

Andrew B. Jacobsen attended the grammar schools of Alvarado, California, and later the Polytechnic of Oakland, and besides enjoying some private study, he was able to pursue an excellent commercial course at Heald's Business College. This latter experience enabled him to become an acceptable bookkeeper for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company but later he took up plastering, for which there was a real demand by those who knew the trade thoroughly, and in 1921 he came to Pacific Grove, where he has been welcomed and patronized, and made to feel that he is indeed one of the Peninsulars. At the present he is plastering the Golden Bough Theater at Carmel, and he has also done the inside and the outside of the Duarte building. The Knights of Pythias Hall and the Titus building are other excellent examples of his work in the commercial districts, and he has numerous specimens of his talent, such as the H. Hansen home, to prove his ability. He has also done much of the best work in plastering on the old Spanish homes on the Mesa. He belongs to the Builders Association.

In 1915 Mr. Jacobsen was married to Miss Dagny Bergesson, a native of Monterey county, and their union has been blessed by the birth of two children, Madeline and Lucile. Fraternally, Mr. Jacobsen is well known and also popular, belonging to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and to the Knights of Pythias.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.