Louis de Rome (May 14, 1854 – January 7, 1910) owned the de Rome Foundry (previously Whyte and de Rome Foundry) in San Francisco, "builder of practically all of the bronze statuary in San Francisco" 1, including the statue of Robert Burns in Golden Gate Park. The de Rome foundry also cast the elk in the Elks Plot at Mountain View Cemetery. The de Rome family home still stands at 1076 - 59th Street in Oakland.

De Rome was born in Buffalo, NY, and his family came to California when he was 4 or 5 years old. Louis married Emma Birdella Harris (de Rome) on April 8, 1886, and they had five children: Louis Mighel de Rome (November 29, 1888 – May 5, 1954), Viola Catherine de Rome (December 24, 1895 – May 3, 1966), Charles Rudgear de Rome (May 27, 1899 – January 1, 1947), and Merle Valentine de Rome (March 14, 1902 – December 24, 1918). The Messrs. Louis De Rome & Neil C. Whyte Globe Brass and Bell Foundry entry of the "The Bay of San Francisco" mentions a deceased daughter c.1892, but does not list her name. [ According to the website OneGreatFamily.com, there was another son, Albert de Rome. 3 Louis Sr. had a brother named Albert, but I've seen no evidence of a son named Albert. ]

De Rome cast a bell for the Oakland Fire Department in 1905, which sits outside the Golden Gate Branch Library not far from the family home. It was for the recently completed firehouse across the street from the de Rome house on 59th Street. 2 Son Charles served in the Oakland Fire Department from at least 1924 to 1941, rising to the rank of captain.

At some point the foundry moved from San Francisco to Oakland. After Louis' death, son Louis Mighel de Rome (who was both born and died in the 59th Street home) took over running the foundry. Louis married Cora Virginia Klinkner, daughter of Charles A. Klinkner, and they lived in the de Rome house.

The de Rome foundry also cast the bust of Abraham Lincoln placed in Memorial Park in 1922.

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Death and Burial

Louis DeRome died January 7, 1910, from heart problems; he suffered heart problems while on board the ferry returning from San Francisco in April 1908, and he never fully recovered from them. Louis, Emma, and Louis' mother Catherine are buried in Mountain View Cemetery in plot 30.

Links and References

  1. Well Known Bronze Manufacturer Dies San Francisco Call January 8, 1910
  2. Presents Firebell To City San Francisco Call December 28, 1905
  3. Louis De Rome OneGreatFamily.com