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 Ludwig Adolph “Louis” Arzner

Ludwig Adolph “Louis” Arzner

Karlsruhe, Stadtkreis Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 13 Aug 1964 (aged 97)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 100010375 · View Source
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Louis A. Arzner arrived at Castle Garden in New York Harbor on the "Amsterdam" from Rotterdam on December 15, 1881. He married Jennette "Janet or Jennie" Young from Scotland, in 1885 in Detroit, Michigan. Jennette's brother, John Blair Young, married Pauline Werner, sister of my great-grandmother, Bertha A. (Werner) Goms. They had two children: David L. and Dorothy Emma Arzner in San Francisco.

San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California, Volume 71, Number 159, May 8, 1892
ARZNER— In this city, May 5, 1892, to the wife of Louis Arzner, a son.

San Francisco Call, Volume 81, Number 36, January 5, 1897
ARZNER — In this city, January 3, 1897, to the wife of Louis Arzner, a daughter.

They divorced in 1902 and he married Mabel V. (Holmes) Mills on November 7, 1902 in Reno, Nevada, and again on July 21, 1905 in Los Angeles, California. Louis had two sisters: Caroline "Carrie" Brown and Emma Arzner, both born in Germany.

San Francisco Call, Volume 83, Number 151, 30 April 1898
Herzog & Co., the Pacific Coast passenger agents of the Hamburg-American line of steamers, deny most emphatically that the Furst Bismarck has been sold to the United States Government. The steamer sailed yesterday from New York for Paris, London and Hamburg with the following passengers from this coast:
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Gunst, Mr. and Mrs. I. Kahn, Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Walter, child and maid; Jose Prochazka, Karl Wolbach, Benno Triest, D. Marx, Gustavo Corso Knoth, Miss Clara K. Campbell, P. J. Williams, Frank Panter, Louis Arzner and son, Miss Julia Keller, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Young and family. Miss F. M. Van Pelt, Fred Hurst, Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Overton, Miss Eva Overton, Miss Louisa Seyfried, Mrs. Robert Zenker, Master Herbert Zenker, Miss Elley Zenker, H. Detjens, Miss H. Moses, B. Bendit, M. Fleisher, Jacob Nielsen and Mrs. Marie Martens.

San Francisco Call, Volume 87, Number 38, 8 July 1900
At the Resorts
SARATOGA SPRINGS— Among the recent arrrlvals at Saratoga Springs are: From San Francisco— F. Moraghan. Milton Moraghan. Louis A. Arzner and wife. David and Emma Arzner. Mr. and Mrs. L. Fitch. Lucille Levy. Mrs. W. H. Miner. Kate Miner. Fanny Miner. Sheldon Mantel. H. Donegan. Dr. and Mrs. Strickland. H. S. Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mever. Edna Meyer. William Meyer. Celia Meyer. Celia Friedlander. Jack Levy. Mrs. J. Franetta. Mis Franetta. Mrs. Sandman. Miss J. Sandman. Miss L. Sandman. Mrs. Mathews. Miss Underhill. Miss Brown. W. H. Stinsin. Mr. and Mrs. A. Duperu. Nellie Ewing. Leonora O'Brien. Rosamond Shutz, Mrs. Neuman, Harry Neuman, Arthur Neuman. Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Foster. Mrs. Krempe. Lyman Foster Jr.. Elsie Bang, Fraulein Marie Sada. S. M. Simon; Berkeley. Mr. and Mrs. G. Schultze; Alameda — Mr. and Mrs. F. Denninger, Misses M. and E. Denninger.

San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, California, April 2, 1901, Page 12
Mrs. Margaret McLachlan Declared to Be Rational— Mrs. Arzner Also Released.
Two women who were removed to detention hospitals for the insane on complaint of their husbands returned to their homes yesterday. Mrs. Margaret McLachlan of 1024 Sanchez street appeared before the Insanity Commissioners, and upon their recommendation Superior Judge Hebbard ordered her release. Mrs. Jennie Arzner of 6 Franklin street was removed to her home by her husband, Louis Arzner.
Mrs. McLachlan was taken into custody Friday afternoon by the police on the authority of a warrant issued to her husband. At the time she declared that McLachlan had been trying to poison her. She showed no signs of insanity during the three days following, and yesterday morning the Insanity Commissioners lost no time in declaring her to be sane.  Mrs. Arzner was taken from her home to the Atkinson Sanitarium on Butter street Saturday afternoon. Her husband accompanied her, and though she protested against being detained at the place she was left there. According to Mrs. Atkinson, the superintendent of the hospital, she appeared to be rational. Yesterday Arzner was communicated with and directed her return to the Franklin-street home.

San Francisco Call, Volume 90, Number 177, 24 November 1901
Janet Arzner, wife of Louis Arzner, a saloon-keeper, whose place of business is located at 16 Market street, is suing her husband for maintenance, alleging in her complaint that on November 14, 1901, he deserted her, and that since that day he has failed to provide her with the common necessaries of life. The Arzners have two children, one aged 9 years and the other 4. The plaintiff wants $500 a month to clothe and provide food for herself and little ones. She claims that her husband is able to provide this sum without injury to himself or his business. She alleges in support of her demand for this sum that he is possessed of property worth $148,000, which she claims is community property.

The Arzners were married in Detroit, Mich. in 1885.

San Francisco Call, Volume 91, Number 7, 7 December 1901
Saloon-Keeper Says His Wife Ordered Him Out and Held His Clothing.
Louis Arzner, proprietor of the Ferry cafe at 16 Market street, whose wife is suing him for maintenance, filed an affidavit yesterday in which he says he is not the wealthy man his wife claims he is in her complaint. He claims his wife is extravagant, and that since she ordered him out of their house he has made an allowance of $20 a week in addition to presenting her with the rent from an eight-room house. He claims that she compelled him to leave home without his clothes, and that since he left her she has refused to give up his wearing apparel. He also says that since his enforced desertion of her she has bought a raglan worth $80, a sealskin sacque and numerous costly articles of woman's apparel, for which he has had to pay. He objects strenuously to paying his wife the $500 a month she is suing for.

San Francisco Call, Volume 91, Number 15, 15 December 1901
The Ferry cafe is a good stopping place during a tour of the front. Louis Arzner and "Teddy" Osborne, old-timers on the Oakland ferry-boats, will be there to meet you, and a cordial welcome is extended. It is one of the coziest corners on the front, and many a good lunch has been served there.

San Francisco Call, Volume 87, Number 13, 13 June 1902
Janet Arzner has filed a suit for divorce against Louis Arzner, proprietor of the Ferry Cafe, 16 Market street, charging infidelity, and naming Mabel Palmer, of 415 Ellis street as co-respondent. Mrs. Arzner brought a suit for divorce last February, but the case never came up for trial, a reconciliation having been effected. Mrs. Arzner alleges that Arzner, after assuring her that he would do everything to make their future a happy one, filed a declaration of homestead on their home, which, she alleges, he had given to her as a gift in April, 1901. The Arzners have two children.

San Francisco Call, Volume 87, Number 146, 24 October 1902
Louis Arzner, proprietor of the Ferry Cafe, 16 Market street, was granted a divorce from Jeanet Arzner by Judge Graham yesterday. The suit was brought by Mrs. Arzner on the ground of cruelty, Arzner filing a cross-complaint, in which he alleged desertion. He was also awarded the custody of the minor children.

"When Dorothy Arzner was five [1902], her parents divorced and she never saw her mother again. She and her brother moved in with her aunt and uncle [Pauline and John] and Polly was her older cousin. . . And years later, she recalls seeing a woman leave her house and was told that it had been her mother asking to see her, but her father had refused to allow it. Arzner writes of meeting a fortune-teller later who knew her mother. The fortune-teller told her the story of how Arzner’s father had been taken away from her mother by the stepmother."

San Francisco Call, Volume 93, Number 118, 28 March 1903
Ferry Cafe Illuminated at Very Small Cost.
Warrants Out for Arrest of Proprietor and an Electrician.
H. A. Wood, representing: the Independent Electric Light and Power Company, swore to a complaint before Police Judge Kritz yesterday for the arrest of Louis Arzner, proprietor of the Ferry Cafe, 16 Market street, and Carroll Holmes, an electrician, on the charge of tapping the electric light wires of the company without authority, which is made a felony under section 499A of the Penal Code, approved February 22, 1901. The Independent Company furnishes electric light to a jewelry store at 20 Market street, and it was recently discovered that the service wire of the jewelry store had been tapped outside the meter and the current conveyed to the rear portion of the cafe. A check meter was put on and it is alleged that twenty kilowatts per day were stolen, being of the value of at least $1. Arzner was taking his electric light from the San Francisco Gas and Electric Company, and it was discovered that there was a corresponding drop In the bills paid by Arzner to that company after the wires of the Independent Company were tapped. Employees of the Independent Company went to the Ferry Cafe on March 24. One remained in the cafe on watch while another cut off the current under the jewelry store. Immediately the electric lights in the rear portion of the cafe, thirty-one in number, went out, conclusively establishing the fact that these lights were being supplied from the tapped wires of the Independent Company.
One of the employees was instructed to remain around the cafe for further developments and very soon he observed a man with a coil of wire over his shoulder enter the cafe. The man who was Holmes, the electrician, was discovered with his overalls on surrounded with fuses, pieces of wire and all the other evidences of having been at work reconnecting the wires of the Independent Company. Just at this moment some one cut the house wire so as to prevent any further experiments being made. This is the second case of the kind, the first having been that of Ignatz Beck, a druggist, at 1348 Ellis street, who by a system of tapping the wires, burned a large number of lights which were not registered at the meter. He was tried and convicted before Judge Fritz.

San Francisco Call, Volume 97, Number 138, 16 April 1905
LIQUOR FIRM ATTACHED— A writ of attachment was served yesterday by the Sheriffs deputies on Treadwell & Co., a liquor firm at 116 Sacramento street. The attachment is to secure a claim of $3818.77 held by Louis A. Arzner.

San Francisco Call, Volume 98, Number 51, 21 July 1905
MARRIAGE LICENSES.— Oakland. July 20. The following marriage licenses, were issued by the County Clerk to-day: -Louis A. Arzner, 37, and Mabel V. Mills, 28, both of San Francisco.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume 33, Number 37, 7 November 1905
Thief Secures $31.50 From Cash Drawer of Louis Arzner's Saloon
Busily engaged in eating the contents of a Jar of cookies, a sneak thief stayed in the saloon of Louis Arzner, formerly the St. Louis, on South Broadway Saturday night until it was closed and then robbed the cash register of $31.50. He did not attempt to break open the safe, which had several hundred dollars In it.
When the saloon was opened yesterday morning employees found that the thief had secreted himself in the kitchen of the establishment and while waiting for the place to be vacated, had eaten several pounds of cookies.

San Francisco Call, Volume 113, Number 88, 26 February 1913
M.L. Polaski and L.A. Arzner and wife of Los Angeles are just starting on a tour of the world. They are at the Palace. In discussing their plans Mr. Polaski said: "We are leaving for a year's trip around the world. From Paris we will motor to to Italy, and from there we will sail to Egypt. When we arrive in Egypt we will take to an automobile. I have been told that there is excellent automobiling in Europe. Coming eastward again we will visit China and Japan."

Los Angeles Times, Jun 18 & 19, 1916.
With Funeral Announcements
ARZNER, At his home, No. 2198 West Twenty-ninth place, June 17, 1916, David L., husband of Merced Arzner, son of Louis Arzner, and brother of Dorothy Arzner.
Funeral services under the auspices of Wilshire Lodge, No. 445, F. & A. M. will be held in the chapel of Inglewood Cemetery, Monday June 19, at 3:30 o'clock p.m. Faris, Carmichael & Co., directors.

Los Angeles Times, 17 May 1929, p. 22
ARZNER. May 15, 1929. Miss Emma Arzner, sister of Louis Arzner. J.D. Paris & Co., Directors.

Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug 1964, p. A2
ARZNER, Louis A., beloved husband of Mabel V. Arzner, father of Dorothy Arzner. Services at 1 p.m., Monday. In the Wayside Chapel of Gates, Kingsley & Gates, 1500 South Sepulveda.

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