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Male, born 1848-01-04, died 1920-06-14

Associated with the firm network

Engstrum, F.O., and Company, Building Contractors

Professional History


Principal, F.O. Engstrum and Company, Building Contractors, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1912;



Born in Sweden, Engstrum immigrated to the US in about 1871. He lived in Weatherford, TX, in 1880, but resided in Hueneme, CA, by 1900. It appears that he moved about a fair amount during his career as a building contractor.

He was listed in the 1910 US Census as residing in San Jose, CA. (See, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: San Jose Ward 3, Santa Clara, California; Roll: T624_106; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0099; FHL microfilm: 1374119, accessed 04/13/2017.)

He died in New Bern, NC, where he was traveling with his son, F.E. Engstrum, in 1920. He had been under a doctor's care for about 8 days prior to his demise. (See Source Information North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007, accessed 04/13/2017.) He passed away of apoplexy and high blood pressure at 72, according to his death certificate.


He married Elizabeth C. Weatherly Engstrum (born c. 09/1856 in TX-d. 1920). Her parents were both from AL. She and Frank married c. 1873 in TX.

Elizabeth was listed as being alive in the 1920 US Census (taken 01/02-03/1920) but her husband was listed as "widowed" on his death certificate of 06/14/1920.


According to the 1910 US Census, Elizabeth and France had five children, three of whom were alive in that year. In 1920, a son, Frederick Edgar (born 07/11/1874 in TX-d. 11/24/1923 in Los Angeles, CA) was with Franz in NC when he died. His World War I draft registration card indicated that he worked as a both a farmer and contractor on 09/04/1918. He lived at 1825 North Wilton Place in Los Angeles, CA, in 1918. (See, Source Citation Registration State: California; Registration County: Los Angeles; Roll: 1530902; Draft Board: 14, accessed 04/13/2017.) He passed away at age 49 in 1923.

Two other children alive in 1900 were Blanche May Engstrum Bryson (b. 11/02/1881 in TX-d. 04/14/1969 in Broad Oak End, Hertfordshire, England) (See, Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; General Records of the Department of State; Record Group: RG59-Entry 5166; Box Number: 66; Box Description: 1969 BL - CK, accessed 04/13/2017.) and Paul Earl Engstrum (born 11/24/1888 in Escondidio, CA-d. 09/1967 in Richmond, VA.)

Paul would become a civil engineer living much of his adult life in the Washington, DC-VA area.

Biographical Notes

Franz Otto Engstrum was known as "Frank" in the US.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 5500