The farming interests of San Joaquin county find a worthy representative in August Fiehmann, who makes his home in the Lammersville school district and who has resided upon his present farm since 1885. He rented the ranch for a number of years and in 1896 purchased the property, thereby becoming the owner of six hundred and twenty acres. His has been a successful career and one which indicates the opportunities that are open to young men of determination, laudable ambition and diligence.
Mr. Fiehmann is a native of Holstein, Germany, born on the 1st of January, 1857, and is a son of George and Christine (Cook) Fiehmann, both of whom were natives of Holstein. The mother is now deceased, but the father is still living. Under the parental roof the subject of this review was reared, remaining in his native country until 1873, when, at the age of sixteen years, he emigrated to America, leaving Hamburg on the 17th of May of that year. He took passage on a steamer bound for New York and subsequently embarked for California, landing at San Francisco. Thence he came to San Joaquin county, and for several years was engaged in agricultural pursuits in the employ of others. It was in this way that he gained his start. When some time had passed he began farming on rented land in 1881, and in 1885 took up his abode upon the ranch which is now his home. This he continued to rent until his labors had brought him capital sufficient to enable him to make purchase on the property, and in 1896 the realty transfer was consummated, and he is, therefore, the owner of a valuable property of considerable extent, well improved and equipped with modern conveniences.
On the 30th of October, 1880, Mr. Fiehmann was united in marriage to Miss Caroline M. Schulte, who was born in Minnesota near St. Paul and is a daughter of Bernhard and Gertrude (Hellerman) Schulte, who were also natives of the fatherland. Mr. Schulte is now deceased, but his widow resides in San Jose, California, and is now in the seventy-fourth year of her age. In 1867, when a small girl, Mrs. Fiehmann accompanied her parents and the other children of the family from Minnesota to California, making the journey by way of the Isthmus route. Eventually they landed at San Francisco, and thence came to San Joaquin county in 1868, the family home being established on the ranch which is now the property of Mr. Fiehmann. Mr. Schulte was a representative pioneer settler of the Lammersville school district and in this locality made his home for a number of years. In 1879, however, he removed with his family to Santa Clara county and located near San Jose, California, where his widow still resides. Mr. Schulte died in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1889, while paying a visit to his former home in that state. He was a Republican in politics, but took no active part in public affairs, save that he exercised his right of franchise in support of the candidates of the party.
To Mr. and Mrs. Fiehmann have been born seven children, of whom six are yet living, while Gertrude has passed away. Those who still survive are George J., Adeline L., Marcas O., Henry B., Martin A. and Ruth C.
Mr. Fiehmann is now serving as a trustee of the Lammersville school district and the cause of education finds in him a warm friend, and he does all in his power to promote the interests of his schools in this locality. He is also the champion of other measures for the general good, and he gives a stanch support to the Republican party, believing that its principles contain the best elements of good government. He enjoys the confidence of the business community, the respect of his associates in social life, and he and his wife are both consistent and devoted members of the German Methodist Episcopal church of Tracy.
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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