Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Theodore Wackermann, proprietor of the Omstead Bakery, at 339 Soquel avenue, Santa Cruz, was born in the province of Westphalia, in the Ruhr district, of Germany, June 20, 1882, and in the province of Hannover he learned the baker's trade. On April 27, 1899, he landed at Galveston, Texas, a youth of seventeen, who could not speak a word of English. The first job offered him was washing dishes in a restaurant, with board and three dollars a week as wages, and work to keep him busy seven days in the week. Later he found a better place at Fort Worth, Texas, at nine dollars per week.

Mr. Wackermann next located at Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he entered the employ of the Harvey Company, as baker for the hotel and cafe, at forty-five dollars per month and board; and remained there a year. In 1902 he arrived at San Pedro, California, where he found employment as deck-boy on the steamer Hermosa, running between San Pedro and Catalina Island. Later he was pastry cook in Los Angeles in the hotel run by Milo B. Potter, and afterward went to Santa Barbara as pastry cook for the Potter Hotel. In 1905 he went north to San Francisco where he was first in the service of Page & Folk, and then of the Young & Swains Bakery Company. He started to work for O. J. Mead in San Francisco and Oakland, when Mead first started to establish his chain of bakeries and restaurants, being employed as head baker there, and continued with Mr. Mead until he had established his twenty-two places.

In February, 1915, Mr. Wackermann came to Santa Cruz and worked in the Chatterton Bakery, and it is to his credit that he helped materially to build up their business. In 1917, however, he decided to start in business for himself and opened a bakeshop on Soquel avenue, on the east side. He bought the bakery business he now owns and later purchased the building in which it was housed. He started with a cash capital of ninety-two dollars and although several other bakers had failed there he has made a pronounced success of the enterprise. When he arrived in California, he had just seventy-five cents in his pocket. That he has prospered is shown in the fact that today he has one of the best bakeries in Santa Cruz. He makes fine bread and pastry, so fine, in fact, that one does not look to find better anywhere.

Mr. Wackermann was married to Miss Delia Bacirini, a native of Solano county, California, and of Swiss-American parentage. They have four children-Bertha, Adeline, Albert and Theodore. Mr. Wackermann belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose. A self-made man, his record of success should serve to inspire and encourage others showing what can be accomplished when one has the will to dare and to do.

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.