John Emde, who died at his fine home near Lodi in october, 1897, was for many years one of the foremost citizens and agriculturists of San Joaquin county, a man known and esteemed for his broad-mindedness, his integrity of chracter and personal worth, his ability in all transactions, and his eminent public spirit and usefulness in all the relations by which he was associated with his fellow citizens or home and family.

Mr. Emde was born in the kingdom of Prussia, January 20, 1825, so that he had passed the age of threescore and ten when he was called to his final reward, and had fulfilled most honorably the obligations laid upon him through such a long life. He was a son of natives of Prussia, and when he was a boy he accompanied an uncle to this country. For some years he resided down east, and in the fifties he crossed the plains to the Golden state, where he was destined to pass the remainder of his years. He had come out to this state attracted by the gold discoveries, and for a number of years he was engaged in gold mining in Amador county. He took up his abode in San Joaquin county about 1874, locating in the neighborhood of Lodi, and in the early eighties he moved to the ranch where his widow and family now reside. Mr. Emde gained his prosperous condition entirely through his industrious and persevering efforts, and at the close of his career of endeavor he left an estate of four hundred acres in San Joaquin county. but while thus favored in material affairs, he was not remiss in those things touching the public and social welfare and family life. He was loved for the kindly spirit which he always manifested to those about him, and whether at home, among friends or with his business asociates he was a man of honor, helpfulness and animated by the truest ideals of humanity. He was a Repubican in politics.

Mr. Emde was married, October 8, 1867, to Miss Ursula Toni, a daughter of John and Eva (Yeager) Toni, all of them natives of Switzerland. At the age of sixteen Mrs. Emde came to America in company with Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bischofberger, of San Joaquin county, the latter being her sister. From ew York they went around by Panama and arrived in Amador county, where Miss Toni was later married to Mr. Emde. There were five children by this happy union, and the three living are Edith U., wife of L. C. McMurty, John W. and Henrietta M.

John W. Emde, the son, who was born in this state March 3, 1870, is an enterprising and successful rancher and stock-raiser of San Joaquin county, residing near Lodi on the Emde ranch. He is the owner of seven hundred acres, most of which he has acquired and developed by his own industry and excellent business management, and he is known as one of the most progressive young men of the county. He is a Republican in politics, and is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias lodge at Lodi. He has served as a member of the board of trustees of the Henderson school district, and like his father, he has been found true to all the trusts reposed in him and has attained a substantial position in the locality where he has spent most of his life.

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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