Henry E. Losse

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Henry E. Losse
Employer A.C. Kuhn & Company, H.E. Losse and Company,
Occupation Dried fruit packer

Henry E. Losse was a dried fruit packer in San Jose and Santa Clara. Losse came to San Jose in 1889 to buy prunes and dried fruit for his Indianapolis-based wholesale grocery run with A.C. Kuhn and Larger. He found San Jose so pleasant that he decided to move to California, and encouraged his partners to follow. All three grocers came to California and built a packing house on Ryland Street near the Southern Pacific Market Street station[1]. Losse retired from the company in 1906[2]

Losse's packing house burned in 1911; the company moved operations to their Santa Clara branch. The company sold out to Rosenberg Brothers in 1917.

Losse was also an investor in the Vendome Hotel, owned the Delmas Ranch near Sunnyvale, and also owned 1100 acres near Visalia.

H. E. Losse died in 1918[3]


  1. Henry E. Losse: in Eugene Sawyers's History of Santa Clara County, California, 1922
  2. Beautiful Service Held for H. E. Losse: April 17, 1918 San Jose Evening News. " Mr Losse came to San Jose about 28 years ago and engaged in the dried fruit business until he retired in 1906. He held a large interest in the Vendome hotel where his son, A. N. Losse, is manager. Besides this son, there survive him the widoww, a daughter, Mrs. J. C. Blair, and two sons, Weir and Etheridge Losse.
  3. Beautiful Service Held for H. E. Losse: April 17, 1918 San Jose Evening News. " H. E. Losse, the well known capitalst, who died at the age of 65 years, was buried at the beautiful Cypress Lawn cemetery yesterday. Dr. Noel Porter, the Episcopal clergyman, officiated at the services at the home, the famous "Dasa Delmas" and at the burial rites at the grave.