Alfred Abrahamson, who passed away September 30, 1907, was a brick manufacturer, long numbered among the representative, enterprising and successful business men of the city, where he took up his abode in the year 1888. He was horn at Herrijunga, Vestergotland, Sweden, on the 29th of May, 1863, and was a young man of eighteen years when he crossed the Atlantic to the United States in 1881. Making his way to Minneapolis, Minnesota, he there secured a position as foreman in a brickyard, the owner of which took him into his home and treated him like a son. Seven years later he answered the call of the west and in 1888 arrived in Seattle. He obtained employment as foreman in a brickyard in South Seattle and in 1894 purchased a sawmill at Newcastle, King county, but sold this at the end of four years.. Subsequently he became proprietor of a brickyard at Duwamish River and also acquired an interest in a sawmill at Lake Union. Success attended his well directed efforts, for he was thoroughly familiar with every phase of brick manufacture and possessed, moreover, excellent executive ability and keen foresight. At the time of his death he was at the head of the Abrahamson Brick Company, a concern of extensive and profitable proportions, and since her husband’s death Mrs. Abrahamson has successfully conducted the business with the assistance of a manager, J. M. Brewster. Her brother, Nels Anderson, is a member of the firm.
On the 12th of June, 1894, Mr. Abrahamson was united in marriage to Miss Annie Anderson, a native of Skane, Sweden, who emigrated to the United States in 1888, settling first in Iowa and coming to Seattle just before the conflagration of 1889. She holds membership in the Swedish charitable organization named Freja and is likewise identified with the Eastern Star and the Lady Maccabees. Mr. Abrahamson was a worthy exemplar of the teachings and purposes of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the Eastern Star, and he was also a popular member of the Swedish Club. In line with his business, he was president of the Seattle Brickmakers. His political allegiance was given to the republican party. The hope that led him to leave his native land and seek a home in America was more than realized, for here he found the opportunities which he sought and through their wise utilization won both prosperity and an honored name. His passing was sincerely mourned by his many friends and his memory will ever be cherished in the hearts of those who knew him best.