Progress always represents the combined effort of many, and advancement in any line results from the aggregate endeavor of many. Among those who have contributed to the agricultural development in San Joaquin county is George Thoming, who since 1866 has made his home in California and now resides in the New Jerusalem school district in San Joaquin county, where he owns and operates three hundred and twenty acres of good land under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Thoming was born in Holstein, Germany, December 28, 1843, a son of Michael and Wiebke (Thode) Thoming, who were also natives of Holstein. In his native country the son was reared and in its public schools was educated. Viewed from a financial standpoint, his life has been a success, and while he had no pecuniary assistance at the outset of his career he has gradually worked his way upward through determined effort, and occupies an enviable position among the farmers of San Joaquin county now in comfortable circumstances.

Mr. Thoming emigrated to America in 1866, taking passage at Hamburg on a steamer for New York, and thence he came by way of the isthmus route to California. He left Hamburg on the 2d of June and arrived in San Francisco on the 13th of July, 1866. He remained in the neighborhood of that city for a short time and then removed to Solano county, California, whence he came to San Joaquin county in 1868. In 1870 he took up his abode on the ranch in the New Jerusalem school district which has since been his home. Here he owns three hundred and twenty acres, all of which is under cultivation and yields to him good crops in return for the care and labor which he bestows upon the fields.

In 1875 Mr. Thoming was married to Miss Lena Mashoff, a native of Holstein, Germany, and to them were born five children, of whom three are living: Jacob; Annie, who is the wife of Francis Hook; and Charles. Those deceased are Henry and Charles. The wife and mother died March 24, 1883.

In community affairs Mr. Thoming is deeply interested and has been the champion of many measure which have resulted beneficially to his locality and county. He has for thirteen years served as a trustee of the New Jerusalem school district, and for eleven years of that time has been clerk of the board of trustees. He is unfaltering in his advocacy of the principles of the Republican party and most loyal in his support of everything that tends to advance public progress and elevate society. He belongs to the Lutheran church and is identified with the Knights of Pythias lodge at Tracy, California. He is also a member of Sumner Lodge No. 177, I. O. O. F., at Tracy, and of Tracy Encampment, and in his life exemplifies the helpful spirit which is the basic element of the fraternity. Coming to America when twenty-three years of age, he has never regretted the step then taken. On the contrary, time has proved the wisdom of the removal, for in this land, with its broad and varied opportunities, he has worked his way upward, winning success and gaining for himself the confidence and good will of those with whom he has been associated in relations of friendship and of business.

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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