A Brief History

History is important

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

In Part I of the history we need to go back ... way back to 1885 when the first Trump came to the United States to avoid mandatory military service in Germany.

As the story goes, Friedrich Trump started out as a barber, but soon saw opportunity on the western horizon. He made his way to the west coast and made the 'family money' by providing 'necessary' services to the miners during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Trump had moved from Kallstadt, Germany in 1885 and started cutting hair in Manhattan, but he was no wealthy barber, and when he heard buzz about Bennett, he came, he saw, and he capitalized.

One of his establishments - The Artic Restaurant and Hotel - was described thus in a local newspaper at the time.

“I would advise respectable women traveling alone, or with an escort, to be careful in their selection of hotels at Bennett,” he wrote. “For single men the Arctic has excellent accommodations as well as the best restaurant in Bennett, but I would not advise respectable women to go there to sleep as they are liable to hear that which would be repugnant to their feelings – and uttered, too, by the depraved of their own sex.”

These establishments provided manly entertainment - drinking, gambling and ladies of the night. I don't care how you dress it up, old Fred ran whorehouses, and became a rich man doing it.

Trudeau Presents Trump with photo of Grandpa's "hotel"

Friedrich returned to Germany in 1901, a wealthy man, looking for a wife.  He did not return empty-handed. He brought with him his new wife - a busty blond named Elizabeth. Elizabeth found life in New York tiring and wanted to return home, so in 1904 the young family returned to Germany.

Friederich applied to be repatriated to Germany (he was a US citizen by this time) stating:

“I did not immigrate to America in order to avoid military service, but to establish for myself a profitable livelihood and to enable myself to support my mother” 

The German government denied his request.