George Nesche, now deceased, was a pioneer settler of Sacramento county whose history forms an integral part of the history of this section of the state, for he assisted materially in its early improvement and development and through his business efforts contributed to its early progress and prosperity. He was a native of Hanover, Germany, born August 1, 1829, his parents being Henry and Joanna (Bich) Nesche, who were likewise natives of Hanover. When their son George was eight years of age they sailed for America, crossing the Atlantic in 1838 and landing at New York city. They made their way into the interior of the country, settling first at Little Beaver, Ohio, down the Ohio river, where the father worked for six months in a flouring mill owned by a Mr. Moore. On the expiration of that period they continued their westward journey to Hermann, Missouri, where the father was employed by different parties until 1849. He then purchased land in Gasconade county, Missouri, where he lived until his death in 1851. He had four sons and four daughters.

George Nesche practically started out in life on his own account when only twelve years of age. He not only provided for his own support but also assisted materially in the support of the family. In 1852 he came from Missouri to California, making the journey across the plains with ox teams, with a company of fifty men and their families. They were six months upon the way but eventually reached White Rock, six miles above Hangtown, now Placerville. Like others who sought success in the west, he made his way to the gold fields, where he spent about six years, meeting with a fair measure of prosperity during that time. He was also employed at intervals upon different ranches and in 1858 he returned to Missouri by way of the Isthmus of Panama and New Orleans. He spent six months in visiting at his old home and then again came to California by way of New Orleans and the Isthmus route. In 1859 he purchased two hundred and forty acres of land near Sheldon. With characteristic energy he began the improvement of the property, which he cultivated for some years, and then sold his interest therein. In October, 1869, he returned to Hermann, Missouri, by rail and was married to Miss Julie Hoffman, a native of that place, whose parents died there. In March, 1870, he brought his young wife to California and again the journey was made by rail. For three years they lived on a rented farm, after which he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in San Joaquin township, twelve miles from Sacramento city and three miles from Florin. Few improvements had been made upon the place but his efforts transformed it into an excellent property. He planted vineyards and orchards and in connection with the raising of various fruits he also carried on general agricultural pursuits. He was a successful and prosperous farmer along progressive lines that resulted in bringing him richly merited success. His time was thus occupied until his death, which occcurred August 8, 1904.

As before stated Mr. Nesche was married to Miss Julia Hoffman, the wedding ceremony being performed March 3, 1870. She was born March 26, 1851, and her parents were Paul J. and Caroline (Fischer) Hoffman, both of whom were natives of Germany, but became early settlers of Hermann, Missouri, locating there about 1834, thus casting in their lot among the pioneer residents who reclaimed that district for the purpose of civilization. To Mr. and Mrs. Nesche were born five children: Caroline, who was born November 26, 1870, and is the wife of Charles J. Schreimer, of this county; George H., who was born January 7, 1872, and is living on the Nesche ranch, near Florin; Johanna, born April 25, 1876, and now at home with her mother, at No. 2409 L street, in Sacramento; Celia L., who was born February 12, 1880, and is deceased; and one that died in infancy.

Mr. Nesche was a Republican in his political views and his religious faith was indicated by membership in the Lutheran church. He displayed throughout his entire life many excellent traits of character which endeared him to friends and neighbors. His life ecord, too, proved that success is not a matter of genius but is the outcome of clear judgment and experience. He worked persistently and earnestly year after year, and the Nesche ranch is to-day the visible evidence of his life of enterprise and activity. Mrs. Nesche now resides in Sacramento and is a member of the German Lutheran church. She has lived in California since 1870 and has, therefore, been a witness of much of the development and progress made in Sacramento county. As the years have gone by her circle of friends has constantly increased and she enjoys the warm regard of many who know her.

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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