Henry Rohrbacher, a former well known citizen of Stockton, San Joaquin county, died January 9, 1902. For many years he had been one of the prosperous business men of Stockton, and as a man of happy, genial nature and thorough integrity he had a large acquaintance and is held in grateful remembrance by his fellow citizens.
Mr. Rohrbacher was born July 20, 1845, in the province of Alsace, at that time a part of France but now annexed to the German empire. His parents were George and Barbara (Happel) Rohrbacher, both native Alsatians, and he lost his father in childhood. The first twenty-three years of his life were spent in his native land, being reared to farm life and receiving his education in both the German and French tongues, and for some time he followed the business of hemp pulling for the manufacture of linen, also conducting a vineyard for a time. He lived with his mother until he came to America. In 1868 he landed in New York, and a few days later set out for California by way of Panama, the steamer Golden Gate bringing him to San Francisco on May 16, 1868, and on the following day he arrived in Stockton. For the first few years he was employed at various occupations, in a tannery, at steamboating, in harvesting and threshing, at draying, etc. In 1870 he and his brother Philip went into the bottling business under the name of P. Rohrbacher and Brother, which firm continued until 1874, when Henry bought out the entire business, and from that time until his death carried on the business as sole proprietor. He was also distributing agent for the Willows brewery and Wunder brewery, both well known establishments of San Francisco, and did a very large business for these houses. For several years he was also local agent for the National brewery of San Francisco.
Mr. Rohrbacher was married in San Joaquin county, October 17, 1878, to Miss Caroline C. Leffler, a daughter of the late George J. Leffler, of San Joaquin county, whose personal history will be found elsewhere in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Rohrbacher were the parents of seven children: Birdie, Ernestine, Gustav H., George H., Jr., and Harry W. J., and two deceased, Henrietta and Otto.
Mr. Rohrbacher was eminently public-spirited in all his actions and was always known as a friend of public schools and all other causes worthy of his consideration. He was prominent in fraternal circles, belonging to the Odd Fellows, the Improved Order of Red Men and several other orders. In politics he was a Democrat. Mrs. Rohrbacher and her family reside at 621 East Channel street in Stockton, and have many friends in the social circles of the city.
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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