No country has furnished as large a population to the citizenship of San Joaquin county as has Germany, for many of the residents of this portion of the state were either born in the fatherland or are descended from German ancestry. To the latter class August Schlichtmann belongs, who now makes his home about three miles south of Bethany on what is known as the old Schlichtmann homestead, comprising six hundred and thirty-three acres of land, the greater part of which is under cultivation. He was born in San Joaquin county on the 23d of February, 1872, and is a son of Claus and Anna Schlichtmann, both of whom are natives of Germany and the father is now deceased. He was a pioneer of San Joaquin county and resided for many years in the neighborhood of Bethany, where his death occurred on the 5th of July, 1899. His widow still survives him and now makes her home in Alameda, California, in the seventy-fifth year of her age. She is one of the esteemed pioneer women of this state, who like the husbands and fathers, bravely faced the hardships and idfficulties of pioneer life in order to establish homes in the far west. Of the children born to Claus Schlichtmann and his wife five are now living: Christina, the wife of John Bruhns, of San Joaquin county; Johanna S., the wife of John Krohns, of San Joaquin county; Claus, who is living in Bethany, California; William F., who makes his home in San Joaquin county; and August, who is residing on the old Schlichtmann estate.

August Schlichtmann is largely indebted to the public school system of his native county for the educational privileges which he enjoyed and which fitted him for life's practical duties. He attended the public school at Lammersville, and for some time was a student in Healds Business College at San Francisco. From his youth he has been identified with agricultural pursuits. When not engaged with the duties of the school-room his time was largely occupied with the work of field and meadow, and since attaining his majority he has followed the occupation to which he was reared, and, living upon the old homestead farm, he is now engaged in the cultivation of six hundred and thirty-three acres of land, the greater part of which has been placed under the plow. The fields are cultivated according to modern methods and yield an excellent return for the care and labor bestowed upon them. Mr. Schlichtmann is progressive in all of his farm work and now has a well developed property, its characteristic neatness and thrifty appearance indicating his careful supervision.

On the 3d of September, 1896, Mr. Schlichtmann was married to Miss Emma L. K. Hachmann, of Livermore valley, California. They have two children, Claus and Annie. In his political views Mr. Schlichtmann is a Republican and fraternally is connected with Sumner Lodge No. 177, I. O. O. F., of Tracy. Having spent his entire life in this locality he is well known and is popular with many friends because he has displayed in his life the qualities which command regard and also a genial, cordial disposition.

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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