Employed, 1886-1889, by Red Star Line, Knauth Nachod and Kuhne (foreign bankers in New York), A. S. Lascelles & Company (exporters, New York) and Lilienthal Brothers (hop merchants, New York). In 1889 formed partnership with Paul and Louis Horst and Frank Jones under name of Horst Brothers, hop merchants, New York and San Francisco. Organized, 1898, and president E. Clemens Horst Company, San Francisco.
Engaged in growing hops and fruit. Also canning and packing fruits and exporting barley. Inventor of the hop picking machine and natural air driers of hops.