Andreas Brekke (1854-1932) came from a shipping family in
Ålesund and founded the Bernhd. Brekke Company in 1880.
He learned his trade with Rønneberg and Sons in Ålesund
and with the shipbroker Clarckson &Co,London. The Bernhd
Brekke firm began by exporting butter to England, and gradually
acquired considerable import agencies within the grocery business,
iron, coal and coke.
A. Brekke also ran a codmeal factory at Børsa and won
several prizes for outstanding quality. He was a major shareholder
in Trondhjems Insurance Company Ltd., where his son was the
he was on a lot of committees and an active tradesman with
honorary posts and board membership in shipping, banking,
finance. For many years he was a
public trustee in the municipality.
main principle was to have 1/3 of his money in cash, 1/3 in
mortgage bonds and 1/3 in shares in companies that he would
do business with. Having debts was out of the question.
A. Brekke was one of the founders of the Association of Trondhjem
(Trade) Agents in 1902.
In 1929 he established the Bernhd. Brekke and Wife Fund, a poor
relief fund, which he continued to support.