Erick O. Brandstad holds a foremost rank among the farmers and stock-raisers of San Joaquin county. Possessed of the sturdy ability and enterprise native ot his race, a man of active energy and constant resolution, his success has been steadily maintained and is of the cumulative order, increasing in extent and importance as a result of each year's operations. Mr. Brandstad has large tracts of land under his control, partly his own and partly what he keeps under lease. He resides on the well known Shippee ranch, located several miles from Stockton and near the Cherokee Lane. This he has leased and conducted since the fall of 1899. He also owns one hundred and sixty acres of land on Cherokee Lane west of and near the Shippee ranch, and he owns another ranch of three hundred and fifteen acres located on the Calaveras river, about eleven miles northeast of Stockton. He farms all told about seventeen hundred acres of land, and in this line of operations has been successful to a high degree. He enjoys the esteem and confidence of the entire business public and his fellow citizens, and his high standard of ability and personal integrity has made him an influential character in his locality.

Mr. Brandstad is a native of Norway, where he was born September 15, 1860, being a son of Ole and Hilga Brandstad, both natives of that country. he was reared in his native land, receiving a fair education in his native tongue. In 1881, after he had passed his twentieth year, he took passage on a steamer at a Norwegian port and crossed the Atlantic, bound for New York city. But the vessel landed its passengers at Quebec instead, and from there he went to New York. From the latter city he at once went to San Francisco, and in the same year, 1881, located in San Joaquin coutny. For several years in this county he engaged in agricultural pursuits in the employ of others, but since about 1888 has been farming on his own account, steadily prospering and advancing in all departments of his endeavor.

September 30, 1899, Mr. Brandstad married Miss Mary C. Wike, who was born in Norway and came to America in 1899. They are the happy parents of three children: Hilga G., Eric C. and Brunhild. Mr. Brandstad affiliates with Truth Lodge No. 55, I. O. O. F., at Stockton, and in politics is independent.

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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