Jacob Brack, Sr., who has passed the seventy-ninth milestone on the journey of life, has spent fifty-four years of this time in San Joaquin county, and no history of the pioneer settlers would be complete without mention of his record and the part he has taken in the substantial improvement of this part of the state. He resides on the Lower Stockton road, near wht is known as Brack's landing and owns a large tract of land which is devoted to general farming and stock-raising.
A native of Switzerland, Jacob Brack was born February 20, 1825, his parents being Jacob and Mary (Kistler) Brack, who were also natives of the land of the Alps. The subject of this review spent the days of his boyhood and youth in Switzerland, and in 1844 emigrated to America, crossing the Atlantic on a sailing vessel which weighed anchor at Havre, France, and started for the port of New Orleans, where anchor was dropped after a voyage covering six weeks and two days. Mr. Brack at once started northward, maing his way to Grant county, Wisconsin, where he became connected with the lead industry. Later he engaged in mining lead on his own account in that county and he also engaged in general merchandising in Plattville, Wisconsin. He remained a resident of the Badger state until 1850, when attracted by the rapid growth and opportunities of the far west, he started for California, traveling across the plains. He left the Missouri river on the 8th of April, and on the 8th of June, 1850, arrived safely in California, since which time he has been identified with the farming interests of the state and has long been numbered among the prosperous agriculturists of San Joaquin county. He has raised the crops best adapted to soil and climate and has also engaged in the raising of stock, and during these years has witnessed many changes in the methods of agriculture followed, as improved machinery has replaced the crude implements of former years.
On the 9th of June, 1854, Mr. Brack was united in marriage to Miss Lena Meyer, a native of Hanover, Germany, and as the years passed by seven children were added to the household, of whom six are now living, Mary having passed away. The others are: Henry, who is living in San Joaquin county; John, at home; Dorothea, the wife of John Keller, a reisdent of Lodi, California; Jacob, also a resident of San Joaquin county; Lena, the wife of John Schleffe, of San Francisco; and Anna, who is at home.
During his long residence in San Joaquin county Mr. Brack has become widely known, and his many excellent traits of character have gained him the friendship and warm regard of many with whom he has come in contact. Although not a member of any church he has contributed generously of his means to support the cause of Christianity, and has led an upright, honorable life. In his political affiliation he is a Republican, yet does not consider himself bound by party ties, and frequently supports the candidates of other parties when he thinks them better qualified for office. He has been a trustee of the Turner school district and is the advocate of practical progress and improvement along educational lines. Brack's Landing was named in his honor--and it was an honor well merited, for during his long residence in San Joaquin county he has ever upheld her best interests and has labored untiringly and effectively for the advancement of her welfare. His private business interests, too, have been conducted in the most straightforward way and he deserves all the praise that is implied in the term "a self-made man," for when he left his native Switzerland his capital was limited and his possessions have all been acquired through his own well directed efforts.
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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