Jacob Bischofberger is one of the old-timers of California, of which state he has been a citizen since 1857, and for more than twenty years he has been a resident of San Joaquin county, conducting a profitable and beautiful farming estate situated seven miles west of Lodi. He is a substantial and highly respected member of his community, and has loyally supported all institutions and enterprises which make the well-being of state and society.

Mr. Bischofberger is a native of the republic of Switzerland, where he was born seventy odd years ago, on November 10, 1832, being of a good family of Swiss of long residence in that country. In 1853, when twenty-one years old, he took passage on a sailing vessel bound for the new world, and after a long voyage of fifty-three days landed in New Orleans, so that for more than half a century he has been a citizen of this great republic. The first few years he spent in the different states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri. From Missour in 1857 he crossed the plains to California. He lived in Amador county until 1877, and for a number of years engaged in mining in that county, for a time also following farming. Since 1877 he has been a resident of San Joaquin county, for the first few years residing near Lodi, and in 1882 he settled on the farm seven miles from that town where he still resides. At this place he owns a fine ranch of three hundred and twenty acres, on which he is engaged in general farming and stock-raising.

In 1862 Mr. Bischofberger returned to Switzerland, making the journey by way of San Francisco and the isthmus route. While in his nativeland, on May 1, 1863, he was united in marriage with Anna Toni, a native of that country, and in the same year they came out to California, reaching the Pacific coast via the isthmus, and taking up their home in Amador county. Of the children born of this long and happy marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bischofberger, eight are living, namely: Mary A., wife of William Fohl, of Stockton; Amelia, wife of Thomas E. Jones, in San Joaquin county; Jacob C., in San Joaquin county; Annie E., wife of Jesse Jefferson, in San Joaquin county; Rosetta B., wife of Sylvester Kern, in San Joaquin county; Frank A. and William A., at home; and Mabel E., wife of Fenton Ham, in San Joaquin county.

Mr. Bischofberger has served as a trustee of the Turner school district, and is well known throughout his community for his stanch support of education and social progress. He is a stanch Republican, and his religious associations are with the German Reformed church.

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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