Charles H. Niestrath, who for eighteen years has been a representative of agricultural interests in San Joaquin county, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on the 19th of September, 1860, and is of German lineage. His parents, Henry and Eva (Beck) Niestrath, were natives of Germany, and in his youth the father left that country and came to America, landing at New Orleans. He afterward lived in St. Louis, Missouri, and finally settled in Pulaski county, Illinois, where he still makes his home. He has now passed the seventieth milestone on life's journey, and he has devoted the greater part of his life to agricultural pursuits, thus providing for his family.

When but a small boy Charles H. Niestrath accompanied his parents on their removal from his native city to the farm in Pulaski county, Illinois, and there he was reared, early becoming familiar with the labors of field and meadow. He attended the public schools through the winter seasons, and assisted in the farm work through the summer seasons. He continued to make his home in Illinois until 1886, when he left that state for the Pacific coast and took up his abode in San Joaquin county, California, where he has since resided with the exception of a brief interval spent in Sacramento county. Here he has been identified with agricultural interests and for twelve years he held the responsible position of superintendent of the Williams estate, comprising over three thousand acres of land on Union Island. This is the property of Thomas H. Williams, Jr., and was well managed by Mr. Niestrath, who has broad and practical experience in every department of farming.

In 1901 he purchased and located upon his present farm, comprising forty-four acres of rich and arable land on Roberts Island, and he also owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in Fresno county. He is now meeting with success in his undertakings, and what he has accomplished shows that his activity has been directed by a well balanced intellect.

On the 31st of January, 1891, Mr. Niestrath was united inmarriage to Miss Rose A. Niroad, a native of California, born and reared on Ryer Island in Solano county. She is a daughter of Henry Niroad, now of Stockton, California, and who is one of the pioneers of the state, having come here in 1852. In that year he settled on Ryer Island, where he made his home until 1899, when he took up his abode in Stockton, whee he is now living a retired life, at the age of eighty years. To Mr. and Mrs. Niestrath three children have been born: Arthur H., Mabel E. and Earl E.

Mr. Niestrath is a member of Sumner Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Tracy, California, and is also identified with the Modern Woodmen Camp, at Stockton. In politics he is a Democrat with independent tendencies, for he does not consider himself bound by party ties. In 1903 he was elected a trustee of Reclamation district No. 544, for a term of two years, and has since served as superintendent of the board of trustees. The interests which affect the welfare of the general public awaken his attention, and he gives to many public measures his earnest support, being a citizen whose loyalty to the general good is above question. He came to California eighteen years ago, without capital, but is to-day a substantial citizen of his adopted county and deserves and receives the respect which is ever accorded in recognition of successful and honorable accomplishment.

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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