Frederick Lass, son of Captain Christian and Mrs. Julia Lass

Frederick and Julia on their wedding day



Fred Lass in the 1920 and 1930 US Censuses


Fred Lass shows up as Head of Household in both the 1920 and 1930 US Censuses. 


In the 1920 US Census Fred is 45 years old, a farmer who owns a fruit farm in Santa Clara Township. His household consists of his 44 year old wife Julia, his 18 year old daughter Johanna, his 76 year old father Christian, his 29 year old brother-in-law Adolph Knauth who is employed as a machinist in an Iron Foundry, and his 38 year old sister-in-law Bertha Knauth.  (The Census is dated January 5, 1920—which would have been just a couple of months before Captain Christian Lass died. The family’s address is actually listed as 1889 Santa Clara St. Also noteworthy, although Julia and Bertha were born in California, Adolph was born in Arizona.)


In the 1930 US Census Fred is listed as a 55 year old farmer who owns a farm at 1889 Market Street in Santa Clara Township.  The rest of his household consists of his 55 year old wife Julia W. and his 45 year old

sister-in-law Bertha Knauth.  (Because of the census takers handwriting style, the “L” in Lass can be mistaken for an “S” – some census indexes have mis-transcribed the family surname as “Sass” instead of “Lass”.)


Obituary for Fred Lass 

Transcribed from the San Jose Mercury News  May 27, 1932, p. 26

LASS—In Santa Clara, Cal., May 26, 1932, Fred N. Lass, devoted husband of Julia Lass, dearly beloved father of Mrs. Carolyn Bull, Mrs. Johanna Haynes and the late Julia Lass, loving grandfather of Julia, Elizabeth, Caroline, Dorothy Jean and Thomas Walter Bull Jr. and Elwood Haynes Jr.; a native of California, aged 57 years.

   Friends are invited to attend the funeral services tomorrow (Saturday), May 28, 1932, at 3 o’clock p.m. from the family residence, 1889 Market Street, Santa Clara.  Entombment, Oak Hill Cemetery.

   Arrangements in charge of the Santa Clara Undertaking Co.