A native of the twon of Kehrig, county Mayen of Coblenz, Prussia, Martin Schwall has nevertheless been an American to all intents and purposes during his life, for he was but eight years old when brought by his parents to the United States. He is a typical American citizen, thoroughly in harmony with the spirit of the Republic, making the most of his own opportunities, and steadily working his way upward to success and to all that is desirable and ennobling in life. He was born on the 6th of January, 1865, being a son of John and Gertrude (Fuhrman) Schwall, also natives of Prussia. The mother died several years ago, but the father survives, and now makes his home in Sutter county, California, near Nicolaus.

In 1872, when but eight years of age, Martin Schwall made the journey with his parents from Prussia to California, the family locating first in Sutter county, near Nicolaus, where the son was reared to years of maturity on his father's farm, while his educational privileges were received in the public schools of the county, although the knowledge there received has been greatly supplemented in after years by wide experience and observation. In the fall of 1900 Mr. Schwall located on the farm which is now his home, in Sacramento county, and consisting of one hundred and sixty acres of rich and fertile land, which he devotes to general farming purposes. The success which he has achieved in his chosen occupation has been gained by well applied, persistent energy and hard work, and many substantial improvements have been made upon his farm. In politics he is independent. He is now serving as trustee of Pleasant Grove school district, and no one more eligible or more thoroughly acquainted with the duties of the office could have been chosen.

On the 2d of February, 1892, Mr. Schwall was united in marriage to Josephine K. Albert, a native of the town of Obwalden, county of Unterwalden, Switzerland, and a daughter of Joseph M. and K. Albert, both also natives of that country. They came to California in 1881, taking up their abode in San Jose, where the mother still resides, but her husband was called away in death on the 12th of October, 1904. Their daughter Josephine was but thirteen years of age when the family removed from Switzerland to California, and in San Jose, this state, she was reared, and there gave her hand in marriage to Martin Schwall, by whom she has become the mother of three children: Annie M., Albert J. and Frank M. Mr. and Mrs. Schwall enjoy the esteem and good will of a large circle of friends and acquaintance, and Mr. Schwall is numbered among the public-spirited, progressive and enterprising citizens and leading agriculturists of Sacramento county.

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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