Adolph Bauer, vineyardist and wine manufacturer of Lodi, has for a number of years been one of the leading citizens of his locality, enjoying to the highest degree the confidence and regard of his associates in business and social relations.
Born in Alsace, Germany, October 21, 1862, a son of Native Alsatians by the name of Louis and Mary (Blum) Bauer, he was reared in his native country, and in that famous wine and grape district of Europe he learned in all thoroughness and detail the business of wine making as an apprentice in one of the foremost wine and brandy manufacturing and exporting houses of Alsace. In 1880, when eighteen years old, he came to America, direct to DeKalb county, Illinois, where he lived and worked at farming until 1886, and during four winter terms he attended the public schools of DeKalb county and thus supplemented the education which he had received in his native country and language.
In 1886 Mr. Bauer came out to California, locating in Yolo county, where for a time he was employed in the orleans vineyard and later in the Yolo winery at Woodland. In 1889 he assumed the duties of manager of the California winery at Sacramento. He remained in that position for eleven years, from 1889 to 1900, and in the latter year he built the well known winery just south of Acampo, which was conducted at first under the name of Bauer and Guggolz and later under Bauer and Brack. Mr. Bauer sold out his interest in this winery in April, 1902, but has continued to act as its superintendent down to date. Mr. Bauer is partner in the firm of Bauer and Guggolz which owns and operates the fine vineyard of eighty acres near Acampo, one of the most productive and valuable grape ranches in the county. Also since April, 1902, he has been superintendent of the Wests winery at Lodi. he has made a reputation for himself as a wine manufacturer, and as superintendent of the two wine plants above mentioned he has placed their products in the first rank of excellence.
Mr. Bauer is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity at Lodi, with the Foresters of America at the same place, and with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Sacramento. He also is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men at Sacramento. Politically he is a Republican, and can always be found as the supporter of progress and civic advance whether in his own community or in state and nation.
He was married on April 27, 1889, to Miss Carrie Blickley, of Yolo county. Five children have been born into their home, and four are living: Herman A., deceased, and Ellen J., Clara F., Theresa C. and Annie.
Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II
The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine
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