Henry Finck, one of the extensive land owners of San Joaquin county, now owns and controls a valuable ranch of nineteen hundred acres, whereon he has made his home since 1900. He is a native of Hanover, Germany, born September 5, 1844. He spent the first fifteen years of his life in the fatherland, and then emigrated to America in 1859, going by way of the isthmus route to San Francisco, where he resided for several years. He came to the United States with a maternal uncle, henry Dimmer, late of San Francisco, and in the fall of 1866 Mr. Finck removed from that city to San Joaquin county, locating several miles west of Tracy, where he engaged in farming and butchering. During the first four years he was in partnership with the Lammers Brothers, and then he continued in the same line of business on his own account at what is now known as Lammersville, but was formerly called Moore's Landing. In his business operations there he was qite successful and remained there until 1887, when he settled upon his present ranch. His home was then near Banta, but in 1900 he removed to his present residence, which is on the same ranch but is located near San Joaquin Bridge. The land which came into his possession was in its primitive condition, hardly a furrow having been turned or an improvement made, but with characteristic energy he began its development, with the result that his is now one of th best developed farms of the county, and nearly the entire amount of nineteen hundred acres has been placed under the plow. For a time he followed butchering as well as general agricultural pursuits, but during the last few years he has devoted his energies entirely to the raising of grain and stock and also to dairying. He labors untiringly, and his life of thrift and industry in the management of his extensive ranch has resulted in making him one of the prosperous citizens of the county.

On the 30th of September, 1875, Mr. Finck was united in marriage to Miss Lena Rhoday, who was born near Hamburg, Germany, and came to California when a maiden of fourteen summers. To this marriage were born nine children, six of whom are yet living: Frederick H., Gesena A. R., Anna D. J., Harry C., Elizabeth D. and Mqrtin L. His wife died April 21, 1902.

Mr. Finck is a Republican in politics, and fraternally is connected with the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias lodges at Tracy, California. He has served as a school trustee for several years and is deeply interested in all that pertains to the promotion of the cause of public education, realizing its importance as a preparation for life's practical duties. He has seen this locality improved from a frontier condition, all of the evidences of an advanced civilization being introduced, while the wild, waste land had been reclaimed and the unproductive tracts have been transformed into rich and productive fields. He has aided in the work of progress, especially along agricultural lines, and is classed with the leading farmers of San Joaquin county.

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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