1866 - 1935 (68 years)
||Photograph of the Los Alamos General Store|
The "Emporium" during the period owned by Max Z. King
||A modern drawing of the Los Alamos General Store|
Undated photograph. Kindly provided by John (Jack) Allen, Max's grandson. Geraldine King Allen wrote on the back of the photo, "My dad."
||Los Alamos General Store - The Emporium - July 1909|
This photo is courtesy of John (Jack) Allen. Written on the back, "Mother and grandpa in front and Pet the horse that bit me." The store motto was "We don't sell cheap goods, we sell good goods cheap." The photo shows Geraldine King and her father Max King [Konig].
||S. S. Werra|
The S.S. Werra was built by John Elder & Co, Glasgow for Norddeutscher Lloyd and was launched on July 4,1882. The iron-hull ship was 433.1 ft in length, 45.9 ft in breadth and had a gross weight of 4,817 tons. She had two funnels, four masts, a single screw and traveled at a speed of 16 knots. The ship could accommodate 125 first-class, 130 second-class and 1,000 third-class passengers. Her maiden voyage from Bremen to Southampton and New York began on October 12, 1882. After her last voyage on this route on November 9, 1891, the Werra was transferred to the Genoa - New York run. Between December 1898 and the summer of 1899 she was chartered to Spain to repatriate Spanish troops from Cuba. On September 24, 1899 she began sailing from Bremen to Southampton, New York, Naples and Genoa. Following her final voyage between Genoa, Naples and New York, which began August 28,1901, she was scrapped.
||Max Z. King (and family) Entry in the 1910 United States Federal Census|
||Max Z. King Entry in the 1920 United States Federal Census|
||California Voter Registration Records - 1900-18|
Undated, from Santa Barbara County
||Rachel Morris King Obituary - San Francisco Chronicle - 16 Jan 1941 - Page A3|
"In this city, January 15, 1941, Rachel, beloved wife of the Max King, loving mother of Mrs. John Allen, Mrs. Albert J. Wilkinson of Honolulu, devoted sister of Mrs. Robert Salinger. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 o'clock p.m. at the mortuary of Halsted & Co., 1123 Sutter St., near Polk."
||Max Z. Konig [King] and Family - 1900 United States Census - Los Alamos, California|
The 1900 census shows Max Z. Konig (born October 1866, age 33, born in Austria, emigrated to the United States in 1887, a merchant) living with wife Rachel (born November 1873, age 26) and daughter Geraldine (born May 1899, 9 months old). Address: Bell Street, Los Alamos, California.
Year: 1900; Census Place: Los Alamos, Santa Barbara, California; Roll: T623 110; Page: 2B
||Max Z. King Obituary - Los Angeles Times - 17 Sep 1935 - Part II, Page 18|
"Max Z. King, beloeved father of Geraldine Allen of San Francisco and Helen Wilkinson of Honolulu, T. H. Services today at 11 AM in the Little Church of the Flowers. Mortuary, Forest Lawn Memorial Park Association, Inc., in charge."
||Max Z. King Death Certificate - Los Angeles County, California|
The death certificate of Max Z. King shows he was residing at 1031 North Bonnie Brae Street, Los Angeles, at the time of his death on 15 Sep 1935 in Monte Sano Hospital. His date of birth is shown as 20 Oct 1866 (age 68 yrs 10 mos 25 days) - in U.S. for 50 years, California for 40 years. Occupation shown as "general merchant," until 1915 (date of sale of Los Alamos store?). Causes of death: apoplexy and cerebral hemorrhage (for four days), chronic nephritis. Informant John B. Allen of San Francisco.
District 1901, local registration number 11484.
||Max Z. King - 1930 United States Census|
The 1930 census shows Max Z. King, age 60, divorced, living at 1031 North Bonnie Brae, Los Angeles. He owns the property, with a value of $25,000. He is shown as a hotel proprietor, having emigrated to the United States in 1886. He is shown as born in Austria.
Publication Number: T626
Publication Title: Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930
Content Source: NARA
Census Year: 1930
County: LOS ANGELES
Browse Description: LOS ANGELES CITY
Enumeration District: 19-396
Description: LOS ANGELES CITY, ASSEMBLY DIST. 64 (PART), BOUNDED BY (N) SUNSET BLVD.; (E) GLENDALE BLVD.; (S) BELLEVUE AVE.; (W) N. ALVARADO.
Sheet Number: 12B
||"San Francisco Girl Marries Wilkinson"|
Miss Helen King married Albert Wilkinson "immediately after disembarking from the steamship Maui." Mr Wilkinson was assistant auditor at the Bank of Hawaii, and Miss King was "a well known California girl."
||Immigration Manifest - Max Konig|
||Max King's Grave at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California|
Max Z. King was interred in Interment Space 1, Lot 896, Section: Sunrise Slope on September 17, 1935. He was 68 years, 10 months and 25 days old at the time of his death on September 15, 1935. Information provided by Carmen Ramos, Glendale Records, Forest Lawn Memorial Parks, by e-mail dated 26 Jun 2008.
||Max Zan Konig  |
||Max Z. King |
||20 Oct 1866
||Austria [5, 6]
||20 Sep 1884
||New York City, New York 
|Name: Max Konig|
Arrival Date: 20 Sep 1884
Birth Date: abt 1867
Ethnicity/ Nationality: Bavarian (German)
Place of Origin: Bavaria
Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany and Southampton, England
Destination: United States of America
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Werra
||Los Angeles, California 
|Shown in the 1923 City Directory as a "mach[inist]" with home at 1029 1/2 North Bonnie Brae. Shown in 1924 City Directory at same residence address.|
Not listed in the 1925 or 1926 City Directories.
In 1927 listed at 1029 North Bonnie Brae.
In 1928-1929 listed at 1031 North Bonnie Brae.
In 1930 listed as "Mgr, Bonnie Dale Hotel, 1031 North Bonnie Brae."
1029 -1030 North Bonnie Brae
Los Angeles, California
||15 Sep 1935
||Los Angeles, California 
|According to the probate documents (there was no will) Max King owned a small hotel at the time of his death - the Bonnie Dale Hotel - located at 1027-1031 North Bonnie Brae Street, Los Angeles. |
The inventory indicate that he owned the property on which the hotel was located (lots 26 and 27A of the Lake Side Tract, as per map recorded at Page 42 in Book 6 of Maps, Records of Los Angeles County, California; also that portion of Lot 4 in Block 40 of Hancock's Survey as per map recorded at Page 208 et seq in Book 2, Miscellaneous Records of said County).
Lot 26 was appraised at $5,000, and lot 27A at $2,500, on 20 Jan 1936. In addition, Max had $209.25 on deposit in the Bank of America, and $150.00 in household goods, furniture, and furnishings in the four buildings numbered 1027, 1029, 1029 1/2 and 1031 on North Bonnie Brae Street, Los Angeles.
Max also owned lots 1 to 6 (inclusive) in Block 14 in the Town of Los Alamos, as per map recorded at Page 406, in Book B of the Miscellaneous Records of Santa Barbara County.
The Claims against the estate included Forest Lawn Association (undertakers), $459.95, a plumber, and Dr. W. V. Patterson ($45.00).
The hotel appears to have been operated as a going concern, and lot 1 was sold for $7,550 (gain of $2,550), lot 2 was sold for $4,800 (gain of $2,300), and the personal property sold for $500 (gain of $350). The two lots were encumbered.
The amount distributed to Helen King Wilkinson and Geraldine Allen was approximately $5,000, and the six Los Alamos lots.
1027 - 1031 North Bonnie Brae Street
Los Angeles, California
||15 Sep 1935
||17 Sep 1935
||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California 
- The General Store was built in 1880, shortly after the town of Los Alamos, California was founded in 1876. Los Alamos was a major stage coach stop on the route that ran from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara. The General Store is one of the oldest buildings in town. In 1882, the echo of horses hooves from the stage coach diminished with the replacement of the long whistling and rhythmic sounds of the Pacific Coast Railway.
The General Store was purchased in 1900 by Max King and renamed "The Emporium." The new store was transformed into a department store. However, the following year the Southern Pacific Rail Road built a wider-gauge track from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara bypassing the town of Los Alamos. With the development of the new railway, the Pacific Coast Railway could not compete with the larger railway company and eventually closed down its operations in 1934.
From the website for The General Store, Los Alamos: http://www.generalstoreca.com/index.html
||Walsh - Wilson Family Tree | Craig
||26 Feb 2018 |
||Rachel Morris, b. 15 Nov 1873, California d. 15 Jan 1941, San Francisco, California (Age 67 years) |
|Record ID Number
|+||1. Geraldine Rose King, b. 31 Aug 1899, Los Alamos, California d. 01 Mar 1985, Auburn Ravine Convalescent Hospital, Auburn, California (Age 85 years)|
|+||2. Helen Lucile King, b. 10 Aug 1903, Los Alamos, California d. 10 Sep 1980, Irvine, California (Age 77 years)|
| ||3. Melville Sanford King, b. 21 Oct 1905 d. 07 Feb 1906, Los Alamos, California (Age 0 years)|
||New York Times Article - "Violent Earthquate Shock in California" - Published 1 Aug 1902|
"Buildings Razed in Los Alamos and People Panic-Stricken. Every Brick Structure in Town Either Demolished or Seriously Damaged - No Loss of Life Reported - Great Gaps in the Earth." This earthquake hit Los Alamos on 31 July 1902. (The great San Franciso earthquake was on 18 April 1906, almost four years later.)
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||15 Jun 2008 |
- [S48] 1910 United States Federal Census.
1910 United States Federal Census shows Max Z. King (age 43 nearest birthday) and wife Ray (age 32) married for 12 years. They are living with two children, Geraldine R. (age 10) and Helen L. (age 6). They've been married for 12 years, and live with two servants. Max is shown as a merchant in a general store. He is shown as owning his own home, free of mortgage.
- [S49] 1920 United States Federal Census.
The 1920 United States Federal Census shows only Max Z. King in Los Alamos. He is shown as owning his own house, free of mortgage, and age 53 at nearest birthday. He is married. Year of immigration into the United States is 1887, naturalised in 1890. Able to read and write. Born in Bukowina, Austria. General merchant, self-employed.
- [S54] 1900 United States Federal Census, Supv Dist No. 6, Sheet 2B, Enum. Dist. No. 160.
The 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Los Alamos (June 1, 1900) shows Max Z. King (born Oct 1886, immigrated to U.S. 1887, Naturalised) living with his wife Rachel (born Nov 1873) and daughter Geraldine (born May 1899). Max and Rachel are shown as married for two years, and he is shown as a merchant.
- [S4914] California Voter Registrations, (www.ancestry.com) (Reliability: 2).
Undated California voter registration record shows name of Max Zan Konig, age 34, in Los Alamos. On (presumably) later voter registration records name is shown as Max King, a storekeeper -- and Republican.
- [S4927] Carmen E. Ramos, Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Reliability: 2).
Forest Lawn indicated Max was 68 years 10 months 25 days old at the time of his death. This agrees with the October 1866 date that I had previously. Doing the calculations this indicates a date of birth of 21 Oct 1866. To calculate elapsed dates, I used http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/birthday.html
- [S56] California State Registrar, 17 Sep 1935, District 1901, Local Register 11484 (Reliability: 3).
Date of birth shown as 20 Oct 1866
- [S5004] Ancestry.com (Reliability: 3).
Year: 1884; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 480; Line: 12; List Number: 1214
- [S4955] The Los Angeles Directory Company, Los Angeles City Directory (Reliability: 3).
- [S4954] Superior Court - State of California, 1935 - 1937 (Reliability: 3).
- [S4927] Carmen E. Ramos, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 26 Jun 2008 (Reliability: 3).