Herman F. Strecker is extensively engaged in farming in San Joaquin county, where he is classed with the prosperous and progressive agriculturists. He owns four hundred acres of land and operates altogether six hundred acres. He resides on the San Joaquin river near the Brandt Bridge, having located here in 1895, and in 1899 he purchased his farm.
Mr. Strecker is one of the worthy citizens of California that Germany has furnished to the new world. He was born in Posen, Germany, March 16, 1867, was reared in his native country until eighteen years of age, and during that period acquired a very practical education in the public schools. His father, August Strecker, died in the year 1883, and in 1885 the mother, with her two daughters, came from Germany to San Francisco, California, where she resided until her death in 1900.
Herman F. Strecker had sailed for the new world in the fall of 1884 and made his way direct to San Francisco. He resided there, however, but a short time, after which he went to Contra Costa county, where he made his home for a number of years. He was employed for a time as a farm hand and later engaged in farming on shares, leasing between seven and eight hundred acres of land. In 1895, he came to San Joaquin county and again carried on farming on shares until 1899, when he purchased his present property. This comprises four hundred acres of rich and arable land, and in addition to its cultivation he is engaged in the operation of a rented tract of two hundred acres. His farming interests are now extensive and important, and being capably managed have made him one of the prosperous agriculturists of his portion of the state.
On the 25th of September, 1892, Mr. Strecker was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Grosser, who was born in Alameda county, California. They had one daughter, Helen M., whose birth occurred August 28, 1893. Mrs. Strecker departed this life on the 10th of February 1903, and herdeath was deeply regretted by many friends as well as her immediate family, for she had awakened feelings of affection and regard in all who knew her. Mr. Strecker also enjoys the high respect of those with whom he has come in contact and is known as a reliable business man, a progressive citizen and a faithful friend. The hope that led him to seek a home in the new world has been more than realized, for he has here found the opportunities he sought and has by their utilization won a place among the men of worth who promote the political, moral and legal status of a community.
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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