HENRY WEIERSHAUSER


Henry Weiershauser is a representative agriculturist of San Joaquin county. His postoffice is at Stockton, near which his fine farming estate is also located, and he has the modern advantages of the rural free delivery, being situated on route No. 4, so that, while prosecuting to profit his ranching industry, he maintains close connection with the outside world, and is really more in touch with the stirring life and activities of the universe about him than were many citizens of large cities some half a century of years past. Mr. Weiershauser is right up to date in his operations, and has shown himself to be a fine manager and a good business man, and enjoys the esteem and high regard of the best citizens of the county. He settled on his present ranch in 1878, and has lived there ever since. He owns in his own name one hundred and sixty acres, and his wife possesses eighty acres, so that their combined estate makes two hundred and forty acres, which is kept under the highest degree of cultivation, and its productivity is equal to that of any similar tract in this rich district of California.

Mr. Weiershauser came to San Joaquin county in 1871, being fresh from his German fatherland, and for several years he was in the employ of others before he finally launched into his own enterprise in 1878, since which time his hard work and well directed toil hav brought him large returns. He was born in Hesse-Nassau, Germany, on May 7, 1844, being a son of Michael and Elizabeth Weiershauser, both natives of Germany. He lived in his native land until he was twenty-seven years old, and in his early years received a practical schooling, which was much enriched and amplified by his later experience and contact with actual life. He served as a soldier in the Austrian army during the war between Austria and Prussia in 1866, and was also a soldier in the German imperial army during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. He fought at the battle of Sedan, one of the decisive battles of the world, and also at Metz and many others, and gave his service from the beginning to the end of that great conflict. When the company of which he was a member went forth to the war it contained one hundred and seventy men, but the hard campaigns so decimated the ranks that barely twelve or eighteen whole men returned to their firesides when victory was finally won.

Shortly after the war Mr. Weiershauser emigrated to America, taking passage on a steamer at Bremen, and coming by way of New York to California and San Joaquin county. He was married on May 7, 1885, his birthday, to Miss Barbara Schmitz, who is also a native of Germany. They have three children in their household circle, named Henry J., Annie G. and William B. Mr. Weiershauser is a Republican in politics, and is an intelligent and public-spirited citizen. He is a self-made man, since all that he has made in life has been the results of his individual efforts, and San Joaquin county possesses no better member of society or one more confided in by his neighbors and friends than this thrifty and progressive German-American who has lived and given evidence of his worth by the fruits of his toil during the past twenty-five years of residence here.

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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