Louis J. Nicolaus, a native son of California, has for the past ten years been a foremost farmer, stock-raiser and dairyman of Sacramento county, residing a few miles southeast of Franklin, where he owns an estate of two thousand well improved acres, one of hte model ranches of the county. He located on this place in 1895, and has since been thoroughly identified with his locality in matters of citizenship and industrial enterprise.

Mr. Nicolaus was born at Montezuma Hills, near San Francisco, May 7, 1858. His parents, Louis and Susanna (Kerth) Nicolaus, were both natives of Bavaria, Germany. His father emigrted to America in 1846, and in 1850 drove ox teams across the plains to California, where he spent some time at gold mining and then went to raising stock at Montezuma Hills. He followed the butcher business for several years at Oleta, Volcano and Pine Grove in Amador county, and then in 1868 located in Sacramento county. At Sacramento he became one of the pioneer brewers, and successfully followed that business until his retirement in 1894, after which he passed his years quietly at Sacramento until his death, on May 5, 1903. He was one of the well known men of the capital city, was a Democrat in politics, and affiliated with the Odd Fellows and various other fraternities. His wife passed away January 1, 1901, and four of their children survive: Louis J.; Emma L., wife of Dr. E. L. Southworth, a well known dentist of Sacramento; Julia E., wife of J. E. Govan, city collector of Sacramento, and Edward A., a capitalist of Sacramento.

Mr. Nicolaus spent most of his youthful days in Sacramento, where the public schools and Atkinson's Business College furnished him his education. For some twenty years he was associated with his father in the brewery industry, from which he retired in 1895 in order to devote his energies to country life and the various departments of ranching.

He was married, April 30, 1894, to Miss Frances L. Gumbert, who was born in Amador county and was reared in Sacramento county. Her parents were August and Caroline (Gramp) Gumbert, her father a native of Germany and her mother of New York state, and they were both California pioneers, her father coming to this state in 1850 and her mother the year following. Her father died September 21, 1903, and her mother resides with Mr. and Mrs. Nicolaus, being now in her sixty-fifth year. August Gumbert was one of the early gold miners of the state, and then for years followed merchandising at Oleta. Mr. and Mrs. Nicolaus have three children, Edna, Gladys and Vera. Mr. Nicolaus' political tendencies are entirely independent, but in many ways he manifests his public-spirited interest in the well-being of his community.

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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