Theodore William Leydecker, postmaster of the city of Alameda, California, has been a resident of this place for more than a quarter of a century, he having located here in 1876.

Mr. Leydecker, as his name suggests, is a native of Germany. He was born March 10, 1849, a son of Anton and Anna (Oltmann) Leydecker, both natives of Germany and members of families that had long resided in that country. He grew up on his father's farm, attending school at Otterndorf until he was fourteen years old, and early in life developed a desire to see something of the world. Accordingly, in 1864, he came alone to america, arriving in New York on May 21st. For three years he remained in New York. Then he came to California, first to San Francisco, where he engaged in the retail liquor business. Since locating in Alameda in 1876 he has taken an active interest in its growth and development. From 1892 to 1896 he was one of the trustees of the town, and since March 1, 1898, he has been postmaster, having been re-appointed in April, 1903. He affiliates with the Republican party and has always shown an enthusiastic interest in both local and state politics, frequently serving as delegate to the conventions of his party.

In 1888 Mr. Leydecker married Miss Wilhelmine Kriete, a native of England, and they have three children, Walter, Arthur and Theodore. He has membership in the F. & A. M., I. O. O. F. and I. O. R. M.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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