Germany has furnished to America many worthy citizens. They have come from the fatherland without capital, but have readily adapted themselves to changed conditions, surroundings and customs, have taken advantage of existing opportunities and through consecutive endeavor have gained prosperity. It is of this class that Henry Lehmann is a representative. He now resides near Roberts Island bridge in San Joaquin county, where he owns a valuable farm of three hundred and twenty acres of land under a high state of cultivation. It has been his home continuously since 1871.

Mr. Lehmann was born in Holstein, Germany, July 11, 1845, and is a son of Jurgen and Abel (Lutjen) Lehmann, who were also natives of Holstein. In the fatherland Henry Lehmann was reared and educated, attending the public schools in accordance with the laws of Germany. Practical experience and observation have also broadened his knowledge and made his life much more effective and useful. In the fall of 1869, making his way to Hamburg, he there took passage on the steamship Teutonia and after twelve days landed at New York. He lived for a short period in Cook county, Illinois, and subsequently became a resident of Douglas county, Nebraska, where he remained for a time. On leaving that state he came to California nd settled upon his present farm in San Joaquin county in 1871. This is located near Roberts Island bridge, and is a valuable property of three hundred and twenty acres of rich and arable land. His labors have resulted in making it very productive, and he is one of the wide-awake, enterprising and progressive agriculturists of his community.

On the 20th of September, 1878, occurred the marriage of Mr. Lehmann and Miss Fredericka Muller, who was born in Holstein, Germany. This union has been blessed with seven children, six of whom are yet living, namely: Henry G., Bertha C., Freda J., Helen M., Herbert C. and Anita A. They lost one son, Gustav D. Mrs. Lehmann passed away October 14, 1895. She was a lay possessed of many excellent traits of character, which endeared her to a large circle of friends.

In politics Mr. Lehmann is independent, but oftentimes votes for the men and measures of the Republican party. He is identified with the Lutheran church and takes an active interest in all that pertains to the educational, moral and material development of his community. Since coming to America he has made two trips to his native land, visiting there first in 1878 and again in 1892. While he has a deep affection for the land of his birth he has a still stronger attachment for the land of his adoption, and is thoroughly American in thought and spirit, there being no native son who is more devoted to the stars and stripes. In his business caraeer he has made for himself an honorable name and won a competency that now classes him with the substantial residents 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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