Joseph Studarus, vineyardist, fruit grower, farmer in the famous American River agricultural district of California, with his beautiful homestead located a short distance west of the town of Mills in Sacramento county, was born near the city of Sacramento, November 20, 1855. A son of sturdy and upright Swiss people, John and Margaret (Resch) Studarus, both now deceased, he inherited the excellent racial characteristics of his parents and has applied them to a career of successful and prosperous endeavor. Of his home ranch of three hundred and thirty-eight acres, he devotes eighty-six acres to the raising of various kinds of fruit, with a vineyard of fourteen acres. He also has a fifty-four acres vineyard just east of Mills.

John Studarus, the father, was a man of unusual worth and ability, and has left his impress on the industrial and civic activities of this section of the state. Born in Switzerland, educating himself for the most part, he resided a few years in the states of Virginia and Ohio, and in 1852, with his family, crossed the plains to California, driving ox teams on this memorable journey. Spending some time at mining in Eldorado county and then coming to Sacramento county, in 1857 he located on the ranch where his son Joseph now lives, and lived there till his death in May, 1899, his wife having preceded him to the silent bourne in November, 1873. John Studarus is to be numbered among the pioneer fruit growers of the American River district. Independent politically, self-reliant and resourceful in business affairs, he mainteained a place of infuence among his fellow citizens until his death and his name is still honored in the community where he lived. His living children, by two marriages, are as follows: Joseph of Mills, and Charles, on Grand Island, this state; Catherine, widow of John J. Hanlon, late of Sacreamento, where she now resides; Elizabeth, wife of Edward Gruhler, of Sacramento; Caroline, wife of Peter Nelson, of Oakland; Josephine, wife of Conrad Schneider, of Sacramento; Louisa, wife of Harry W. Williamson, of Sacramento county; Lillie, wife of Edward Kelley, of Oakland; Clara, wife of Edward Westlake, of Sacramento; Clarence, who resides with Mr. Joseph Studarus. The father was connected, fraternally, with the Odd Fellows Order at Sacramento.

Mr. Joseph Studarus was reared to man's estae in the county where he has spent his active life and was educated in the public schools. Public-spirited as a participant in community affairs, he served a term of three years as a member of the board of trustees of the Brighton school district. As to politics he is independent. He affiliates with Industrial Lodge No. 157, I. O. O. F., at Sacramento, and also with Sacramento Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West.

December 10, 1880, Mr. Studarus married Miss Margaret Schwab, who is a native of Sacramento. They have one daughter, Agnes B., who married C. B. Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham is connected with the Earl Fruit Company of California.

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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