Grumpy Trumpy and His Nut Tree

Frederick Trump 1887

According to the Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy,  “Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted his unhappiness that Google search results seemed to be favoring sources critical of the president. His chief economic adviser suggested that the administration “is taking a look at whether Google searches should be regulated.”

That seems a bit strange to me.  I just saw on Wikipedia (with whom Google has some sort of symbiotic arrangement), a nice big article about Trump’s very own grandfather, Frederick Trump.  You’d think that Trump wouldn’t be such a grump.  He should be pleased that his ancestors are getting their due from Google via Wikipedia and ought to treat them accordingly.

According to the article, Grandpa Trump, born in Bavaria in 1869, finished his barber’s apprenticeship at 16.  But before he could begin to earn a living on his own, he realized that …he was also approaching the age of eligibility for conscription to military service  in the Imperial German Army. He quickly decided to emigrate to the United States,  later saying, “I agreed with my mother that I should go to America.”  Years later, his family members said that he departed secretly at night, leaving his mother a note. As a result of Trump fleeing mandatory conscription required of all citizens, a royal decree was later issued banishing him from the country.  

Sounds vaguely familiar… It truly seems that the apple doesn’t fall far from the proverbial tree. Or in this case (as my friend Sturges Dorrance mentioned to me), we might be talking nuts rather than apples.  But, at least according to Wikipedia, it gets better.  And right close to home, too:


Seattle 1896, Yukon Gold

In 1891, Trump moved to Seattle, in the newly admitted U.S. state of Washington.  With his life savings of several hundred dollars, he bought the Poodle Dog Restaurant, which he renamed the Dairy Restaurant, and supplied it with new tables, chairs, and a range.  Located at 208 Washington Street, the Dairy Restaurant was in the middle of Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Washington Street was nicknamed “the Line” and included an assortment of saloons, casinos, and brothels. Biographer Gwenda Blair called it “a hotbed of sex, booze, and money… the indisputable center of the action in Seattle.” The restaurant served food and liquor and was advertised to include “Rooms for Ladies”, a common euphemism for prostitution. Trump lived in Seattle until early 1893 and voted in Washington’s first presidential election in 1892 after becoming a U.S. citizen.

F. Trump’s Bennett, Alaska Restaurant & Hotel, Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives circa 1899

Well, the article goes on for quite a while.  Suffice it to say that F. Trump (aka Friedr Trumpf) dabbled in mining and in real estate, went to Canada at the time of the Yukon Gold Rush and, again, set up several “restaurants” in the region of the Klondike.  By 1901, he returned to his native Germany, a wealthy man.  As biographer Blair said, “the business of seeing to his customers’ need for food, drink and female companionship had been good to him.”  

There’s lots more.  I leave it to you to utilize Google (quick!  before it comes under siege!) and read about the nuts and the nut tree for yourself.  Great stuff!

2 Responses to “Grumpy Trumpy and His Nut Tree”

  1. william grennan says:

    Careful, the Government might just ban the Oysterville Daybook

  2. sydney says:

    Let’s hope they have bigger fish to fry. But… I actually did think about that. And the next thing I know, someone wrote me on FB that they think I’ve been hacked. Hmmm.

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