Julius Bruse, a prosperous agriculturist near Linden, has been a resident of California for over thirty years and of San Joaquin county since 1878. During all this time he has devoted his attention with much success to the various departments of farming life, and by his steady industry and perseverance has made his way to a front rank among his fellow citizens. His homestead, all of which he owns and which he has paid for out of the accumulations of his own thrift, consists of seventy-eight acres. Four acres of this are devoted to the raising of good varieties of table grapes, and twenty-five acres to apricots and peaches, the rest to general farming.

Mr. Bruse came to California in 1874, from Illinois, and during the first four years on the Pacific slope he lived for a time in Sonoma county and then in Virginia City, Nevada, coming to San Joaquin county in 1878. He embarked in agricultural operations on his own account in 1900.

Mr. Bruse, though foreign born, is a thorough American, and has the combination of German-American characteristics which are most successful in this country. He was born in Schleswig-Holstein, now a part of the German empire, then belonging to Denmark on October 20, 1848, a son of Mathias Bruse, both father and mother being natives of that country. After receiving a fair schooling in the German language, he decided to come to America. Embarking on a vessel of an English line at Liverpool, he made the boyage to Quebec, Canada, in eleven days, and thence went at once to Illinois. He was in Chicago for a while, then in Sterling, Illinois, and later at Dixon and Rock Island in the same state, and lived in those various places until coming to California in 1874.

In politics Mr. Bruse is a Republican. He is affiliated with Charter Oak Lodge, Knights of Pythias, at Stockton, and is one of the popular and highly esteemed men of his community, where, in the ranks of the unmarried men, he has done his part as a good citizen and a useful factor in all public enterprises.

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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