German Hospital

     The German  Allgemeine-Deutsche Unterstuetzungs Gesellschaft, a society to help German speaking people in need, was founded in 1854 and one year later the society opened a free clinic. The society started with 82members which had increased to 6,000 by 1916.



was located at Noe and 14th. Street in San Francisco. Because of anti German sentiments during World -War- I, it was renamed,


Over the years additions were made until in 1965 ground was broken for the new




The first public

Hospital on the

West Coast also

has a German


The first public hospital on the West-Coast was established by Dr. Frederick Zeile, who was born on April 14, 1809 in Reutlingen, Wurttemberg. In 1847, on account of failing health, but mostly because of political entanglements Zeile was compelled to leave his beloved Fatherland. He went to London, like so many of his political compatriots, where he establishes a private hospital in connection with general practice. He found the climate not agreeable and decided to cross the Atlantic but not before he donated his private hospital to the German Benevolent society of London. Frederick reached San Francisco in 1849. Gold had been found, and people of all walks of life and in great numbers, migrated to the “City By The Bay.” Zeile realized that the community was in desperate need of a hospital and with the cooperation of Dr. Turner and Dr. Hastings they founded the first public hospital on the West Coast.







Link to


German American History

in San Francisco

Books in the San Francisco Main Public Library and Berkeley on German Immigration to San Francisco
German American Pioneers in San Francisco

Germans in California and San Francisco

 By Rev. Stephen Kienberger, a must read

German Contribution to Golden Gate Park

Crystal Spring Lake, provides Water for San Francisco and----

Germans in California incl. San Francisco

Dr.Alexander Waldenrath

Das Deutsche Lied am Gold'nen Tor, German Lieder(Songs)since 1851

Huge Singing Festival in San Francisco and Oakland

Grosses Saengerfest,

The California Poppy, our State Flower has a German name

A Miner writes Home1848, Theodore Storm connection

The German Hospital, established in 1852

Historical Timeline of German Hospital

St. Paulus Church, 1867, burned to the ground Nov. 5. 1995

St Matthew's by Niel Nielsen, German

St Matthew's by Niel Nielsen, English

St. Matthew's Lutheran Chruch, 1895, still has service in

German every Sunday         

 St.Mark's Lutheran Church,1849, oldest Lutheran Church on the West Coast,

 Pre Synodical Organizations, The German Lutheran Church,

in San Francisco

 St. Boniface, Catholic Church, 1860, Architect was German Franciscan Monk from Westfalia,

San Francisco Turnverein, 1856

Olympic Club, San Francisco

Turnvereine, Nationwide