Peter Braasch, a resident of San Joaquin county for almost a third of a century, has throughout this period engaged in the conduct of a ranch, his present home being near Bethany, where he has nearly a half section of good land under cultivation. He is a native son of Germany, his birth having occurred in Holstein on the 30th of March, 1842. His parents were Claus and Anna (Hauschildt) Braasch, also natives of Holstein.

His education was acquired in the public schools and when a young man he went to sea, spending portions of several years upon the water as a sailor, and while upon these sea voyages he visited China and other countries of the orient, and gained accurate and comprehensive knowledge of the different lands and their peoples. In 1868 he came to America and by way of the isthmus route journeyed from New York city to California. He landed at San Francisco and in the following year came to San Joaquin county. In 1872 he took up his abode upon the ranch which has since been his home, and throughout the intervening years he has given his time and energies to agricultural pursuits. He has worked earnestly and diligently, and his efforts have been directed by sound judgment that has enabled him to overcome all difficulties and obstacles in his path and work his way steadily upward to success. He is now the owner of a ranch comprising nearly a half section of land, and this is well cultivated and yields to him a good return in crops and farm products.

On the 27th of October, 1872, Mr. Braasch was united in marriage to Mrs. Magdalena Luders, a daughter of John and Magdalena (Osterman) Pertz, both of whom were natives of Germany. Mrs. Braasch was born in Holstein on the 21st of April, 1841, and in 1867 came to the United States, crossing the Atlantic on a steamer which weighed anchor in the harbor of Hamburg and sailed for New York city. Thence she came by way of the Panama route to California, and, passing through San Francisco, went to San Mateo county, California, where she made her home for a time. Her first husband was William Luders, whom she married November 5, 1868, and they removed to San Joaquin county and settled on the ranch now owned by Mr. Braasch. Mrs. Braasch is among the representative pioneer women of this locality and has witnessed many changes here as the county has developed from pioneer conditions to take its place among the leading counties of this great commonwealth. Mr. Luders was also born in the fatherland and in 1867 came to San Joaquin county, where he died in the year 1871. By that marriage there were two daughters: Johanna F., the wife of John Rahmstorf, of Alameda county, California; and Rebecca L., the wife of Henry Fiehman, of Santa Clara county, California. To Mr. and Mrs. Braasch have been born seven children, who are yet living: Anna, the wife of August Anderson, of San Francisco, California; William C., who is living in San Joaquin county; Hugo P., August D., Peter G., John H. and Julius, all residents of San Joaquin county.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Braasch are members of the Lutheran church and he gives his political allegiance to the Republican party, while socially he is a member of Sumner Lodge No. 177, I. O. O. F., of Tracy, and Tracy Encampment No. 49. He likewise belongs to Alpha Lodge No. 290, A. O. U W., of Tracy, and in his life he exemplifies the beneficient spirit of these fraternities, which are based upon mutual kindliness and brotherly helpfulness.

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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