Florine, the eldest child of William and Bertha Haas, was born in 1881. In 1903, Florine married Edward Brandenstein (later changed to Bransten), whose brother Max had founded the huge beverage concern MJB Coffee. The couple lived at 1735 Franklin Street (San Francisco Landmark No. 126) in a handsome brick residence. Built in 1902, and only a few blocks from the Haas-Lilienthal House, the neo-Georgian style house was a wedding gift from William and Bertha Haas to Florine and Edward. Read about Florine's and her sister Alice's adventures in "The Haas Sisters of Franklin Street: A San Francisco Memoir of Family and Love" by Frances Bransten Rothmann.

Florine at 9-10years old
Florine's Wedding Day
Haas-Bransten House at 1735 Franklin
Edward Bransten and Florine Haas
MJB Coffee Ad c. 1920s
Florine Haas
Alice and Florine, c. 1960s

The Bransten family had lived in San Francisco since 1850, when Edward’s father, Joseph, founded a mercantile company. Edward joined the MJB Coffee Company, which was founded by his brother. MJB became one of the nation’s largest importers of coffee, tea, and rice. Edward was an internationally known tea expert.


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