A collection of material related to the
personal and professional life of John Center, San Francisco businessman and civic
John Center (1817-1908) was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and came to the United States
in 1836. Center settled first in Wisconsin then moved to California in 1849 to seek his
fortune in gold; however, he decided to engage in the gardening business instead of mining
and settled in San Francisco. He became involved in many enterprises, including the nursery
business, real estate, and mining speculation. In 1863 he established the Center Company for
mining in California's Owens Valley. Center promoted the expansion and civic improvement of
San Francisco, especially in the Mission District where he first settled.
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