Germany has furnished an important element to our American citizenship. From an early period in the world's civilization the Teutonic race has gone from the fatherland to various portions of the globe, carrying the progress and improvement of the period and promoting the development and upbuilding of various sections. John Frederick Stark is numbered among the sons of the fatherland, who, seeking broader opportunities in the new world, have become a valued citizen of San Joaquin county, he displying in his life record many sterling qualities which have made him a valued representative of business interests and a promoter of the welfare of his adopted county. He resides on Union Island, where he has an extensive ranch, and where he has made his home continuously since 1882.
Mr. Stark is a native of Holstein, Germany, born on the 11th of March, 1854, his parents being christopher and Dorothea (LaFranz) Stark, both natives of Gemany. he was reared in his native country and acquired a good education in its public schools. He afterward served for three years as a follower of the German flag and after his military service was ended he came to America. The year 1880 witnessed his emigration to the new world, and after landing on the Atlantic coast proceeded into the interior of the country and established his home at Davenport, Iowa, where he worked at hte carpenter's trade for a time, having previously learned the business in Germany. In 1882 he continued on his westward way to the Pacific coast, and here he resumed work as a carpenter, being employed at his trade for several years in San Joaquin county. In the fall of 1887 he began farming and has since been identified with agricultural interests. He now owns a large tract of land on Union Island, which he has placed under a high state of cultivation. The fields are richly cultivated and well tilled and everything about the place is kept in excellent condition, indicating the thrift and enterprise of the owner.
On the 27th of February, 1888, Mr. Stark was united in marriage to Miss Louise Albrecht, a native of Germany. They have seven childten: William T., Frederick J., Marguerite, Louise, Ella, Theodore and Minna. The parents hold membership in the Lutheran church at Stockton, and Mr. Stark is a stanch Republican in his political faith. A public-spirited citizen, he favors every movement calculated to improve his locality and advance the interests of state. He enjoys the confidence of his business associates, the respect of his fellow men in all classes, and is well worthy of mention among the leading citizens of this section of California. His life record proves that success is not the result of fortunate combination of circumstances or the outcome of genius, but may be acquired through persistent purpsoe and laudable endeavor. He came to America empty-handed, but strong resolution proved the foundation for prosperity and as the architect of his own fortunes he has builded wisely and well.
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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