John A. Cordes, who is engaged in general farming in San Joaquin county and resides in the Lammersville school district, was born in Hanover, Germany, on the 12th of June, 1873, and his parents, John and Marie Cordes, were also natives of that kingdom. His brother, Paul Cordes, is also a resident of San Joaquin county and is represented elsewhere in this volume.

John A. Cordes spent the days of his boyhood and early youth in the land of his nativity, and was seventeen years of age when he bade adieu to Germany and sailed for America, taking passage on a steamer at Hamburg and ultimately landing at New York. He there re-embarked for California and on reaching the Golden state made his way direct to San Joaquin county, where he entered the employ of hsi uncle, the late George Cordes.

In 1896 Mr. Cordes was united in marriage to Miss Henrietta Duckgeischel, a native of Santa Clara county, California, who was of German parentage. Two children grace this marriage, Elsie L. and Etta. For a number of years Mr. Cordes resided in Santa Clara county, California, and then returned to San Joaquin county, settling upon his present ranch in 1901. It has since been his place of residence and he here has one hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land, constituting one of the good farms of the neighborhood. His attention is chiefly devoted to his business, but he yet finds time and opportunity to inform himself concerning public and political questions of the day and he exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican party.

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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