Henry A. D. Petzinger is a Californian and a San Joaquin county resident of mroe than forty years' standing. As an agriculturist he is one of the best and most representative, and on his ranch of two hundred acres near Waterloo, which has been his home and center of operations since 1889, he has enjoyed a degree of prosperity which ranks him among the most enterprising men of his class in San Joaquin county.

Mr. Petzinger was born in Prussia, Germany, September 30, 1848, and at the age of four years was brought by his father and mother to this country. His father, Anton Petzinger, was born at Frankfort-on-the-Main, was reared and married in Germany, and when he brought his wife and child to America he took passage on a sailing vessel at Hamburg and was seven weeks en voyage before reaching New York city. He lived first at St. Johnsville, New York, then in Watertown, same state, and bout 1855 went west to Des Moines county, Iowa, which was the family home and where the son Henry received most of his education until 1864. In the latter year the family went around by the isthmus to California. Stockton was reached on March 11, 1864, and fourteen days later the father died, thus leaving his wife and young children practically strangers in the new country. Anton Petzinger was a carpenter by trade, and carried this on in connection with farming. His wife survived him until July, 1902. Four children of these parents still live, namely: Henry A. D.; Antoinette, wife of W. E. Shaw, of San Francisco; Casper, in Stockton; and Jacob F., of San Francisco, who is captain of the state tug Gov. Markham, plying on San Francisco bay.

Mr. Petzinger was not particularly well advantaged from an educational standpoint in his youth, and owing also to his father's early death he has from youth up been acquainted with the serious and practical side of life, making his own way to a substantial position among his fellow men. In his younger years he learned the carpenter trade at Stockton, and has followed the trade more or less ever since, although for the past fifteen years farming has been his principal occupation. He located on his present ranch in 1880.

July 4, 1875, Mr. Petzinger married Miss Elizabeth Hummell, who was born in Minnesota and who in childhood came across the plains with her parents and located in Stockton. Seven children have been born of this marriage, and six are living: Anton W., who is captain of the steamer Capt. Walker, plying between Stockton and San Francisco on the San Joaquin river; Clara Isabella, wife of Charles Cady, a resident of Stockton; Wilhelmina, Henry E., Daniel W. and Ernest, all at home. Mr. Petzinger served as a trustee of the Madison school district for one term, and during that time was clerk of the board.

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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