John Ohm fittingly represents the agricultural interests of San Joaquin county, and is also a fine type of the successful, public-spirited German-American citizen. He has been located on his present ranch at San Joaquin city since 1896, but has been a resident and identified with California agricultural interests since 1881. His success large, but has been well achieved. His personal and business career is ground for just satisfaction on his part, and he stands high in the esteem of his fellow-citizens and neighbors, especially of those who have known him since he came to this state some twenty years ago. He was a strong, manly fellow of nineteen years when he arrived, and his principal capital lay in his sterling character and strength of body and business sagacity. From small beginnings he has become one of the most extensive ranchers in the San Joaquin valley, and all he has is the result of his persevering labors and thrifty habits. He is now the owner of ten hundred and twenty-six acres of land in San Joaquin county, and most of it is under cultivation. He has more recently become interested in the great work of irrigation as applied to the rich though dry lands of some portions of the state. He is a co-partner with Mr. Jacob Voss in the ownership of forty acres near Ripon, this state, this tract being under irrigation and producing regular and exceedingly abundant crops. Mr. Ohm is thoroughly progressive and up to date in his agricultural enterprises, and is considered one of the most prosperous and influential men of the San Joaquin valley.

Mr. Ohm has resided in San Joaquin county ever since coming to America and to this state. For some years before coming to his present location he was engaged in ranching near Woodbridge. For the first few years after arriving in this country he was in the employ of others, but in 1884 he was able to begin farming for himself, and has ever since met with increasing success in his independent operations.

Mr. Ohm was born in Schleswig, Germany, on September 10, 1862, being a son of Dethlef and Wiebke Ohm, both of whom were also natives of that northern province of the German empire. His father is now deceased, but his good old mother still lives in the German homeland, being now past seventy years of age. Mr. Ohm received a good practical education in the schools where he was reared, being well schooled in his native tongue, and since coming to America he has obtained a facile use of the English language. His home being so near the sea, it is not strange that he developed the sailor instincts. At the age of sixteen he went before the mast, and for three years was connected with the German merchant marine. he was also on various vessels in the coasting trade, and besides visiting all the important ports of the Baltic and the North seas, he entered many of the ports of other portions of Europe. In 1881 he emigrated to America, and at once came to California, which has been his permanent home ever since.

Mr. Ohm believes in Democratic principles and votes for the candidates of that party. He was married in June, 1885, to Miss Annie C. Dethlefs, who was born in Holstein, Germany. They are the parents of six children, all living, as follows: Thomas P., Alma, Minnie, Lillie, Annie and John.

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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