John David Pampel, a representative agriculturist, also conducting a fine vineyard in San Joaquin county, was born in Keokuk county, Iowa, on the 30th of March, 1865, and is a son of Charles F. and Christena (Winter) Pampel, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father is now deceased, but the mother still makes her home in Keokuk county, Iowa, being well advanced in years.

No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of life for John David Pampel in his early youth. He was reared in his native county and attended its public schools, gaining thereby a knowledge of the English branches that fit one for the discharge of life's practical duties. The year 1888 witnessed his arrival in California, and he made his way direct from Iowa to San Joaquin county, where he was employed at agricultural pursuits for a time. He afterward engaged in farming for seveal years upon what is known as the old Tracy place, then owned by the late J. L. Beecher, of San Joaquin county. This ranch is located in the northern part of the county and comprises five hundred and sixteen acres. Mr. Pampel leased the property and continued its operation for several years, or until his removal to his present place of residence in 1902. Here he owns an excellent ranch situated near Acampo and to its further development and cultivation he devotes his energies, carrying on his work along modern progressive lines. He owns here ninety-five acres of land, and he is also the owner of a ranch of fifty acres adjoining his home place. In this he is associated with Asa Van Valkenburgh. In addition to the cultivation of the cereals best adapted to the soil and climate he is also engaged in the raising of grapes and his vineyard contains twenty-three acres. He makes a specialty of Tokays, a well known variety of table grapes, and the fruit which he grows is of such excellent flavor and quality that he finds a ready sale for his product. He also has about ten acres planted to peaches.

On the 4th of September, 1888, in Iowa, Mr. Pampel was united in marriage to Miss Minnie C. Bales, a native of Keokuk county, and they had three children, of whom two are now living: Hazel B. and Harold K. The parents hold membership in the Christian church at Acampo and are advocates of all movements for the general good. Coming to the west in early manhood, he has taken advantage of the natural resources of the state afforded to the agriculturist and horticulturist and in both branches of his business is meeting with gratifying success, his prosperity being the direct result of unfaltering diligence, guided by sound business judgment.

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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