Joseph A. Hollenstein is a prosperous agriculturist and vineyardist residing near Acampo in San Joaquin county. He has been a Californian throughout his active career, and has always been known for being able to make a success of his undertakings, and he has also enjoyed the entire confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens. he has lived in this state since the fall of 1875, and during these thirty years has gained an honorable and substantial place for himself in the industrial, civic and social affairs of his state.

Born in the little republic of Switzerland, November 22, 1858, where his parents, John G. and Elizabeth (Senn) Hollenstein, were natives and emigration to the land of opportunity in the new world. He had received first-class and practical educational advantages in his native land, and at the time of his coming to this country was well prepared to take up the duties and responsibilities of a busy career. He and his father crossed the Atlantic on an Inman Line steamer, which they boarded at Liverpool, and after their arrival at New York they came directly to California. Contra Costa county was their first location, and in the following years the mother also came from Switzerland and joined them there. Mr. Hollenstein's father died in 1877, and his mother lived for a number of years as a widow, passing away near Galt, this state, in 1899.

Mr. Hollenstein was married in October, 1895, to Miss Magdalena Ehler, who was born in Missouri. They have three sons: Joseph A., Jr., Charles R. and George. Mr. Hollenstein is a Republican in politics, and is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias at Galt. He has followed agriculture for a number of years, and with most gratifying success in all lines. He came to San Joaquin county in 1885, being located on a place near Lodi until the fall of 1892, when he moved to Sacramento county and continued his farming near Galt until the fall of 1901, since which time he has been again a resident of San Joaquin county, his present valuable farm and vineyard being near the town of Acampo. He has manifested in all his undertakings, whether in private or civic affairs, a spirit of progressiveness and enterprise which has brought him success and the confidence of all with whom he has dealings.

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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