Materials relating primarily to Falk's civic activities. Includes letters written to him, many of them from prominent men
in San Francisco and in the State; copies of some letters written by him; biographical sketches; personalia; awards and citations;
photographs; clippings; speeches; and subject files, including material on Bay Area Rapid Transit District.
Adrien J. Falk was born December 9, 1884 in San Francisco. After attending John Swett Grammar School and completing one year
at Lowell High School, he left school to take a job as errand boy for a liquor wholesaler. In 1905 he found employment with
the wholesale grocery firm of Sussman, Wormser and Company, as S & W was then known, as a billing clerk. He became, in turn,
assistant bookkeeper, cashier, credit manager, officer manager, secretary, sales manager, general manager, director, vice-president
(in 1930) and president (in 1946). During this period he saw the transition of S & W from a small wholesale grocery business
to a leading packer and distributor of canned foods. Retiring from the presidency in 1956, he continued to serve the Company
as a consultant.
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