Paul Cordes, who folows farming in San Joaquin county, was born in Hanover, Germany, January 12, 1870, his parents being John and Marie Cordes, who were also natives of the fatherland and are now deceased. In the place of his nativity Paul Cordes spent the days of his boyhood and youth, and to the public-school system of Germany he is indebted for the educational privileges he enjoyed. He was in his sixteenth year when he emigrated to America, taking passage at Hamburg on a steamer bound for New York. He did not tarry in the eastern metropolis, however, but made his way direct to California, proceeding into the interior of the state, and located in San Joaquin county, where he has since resided. He was first employed by his uncle, George Cordes, for a number of years. His uncle was one of the pioneer settlers and leading farmers of this portion of the state, and for a long period resided upon the ranch now owned by Paul Cordes. He took an active part in the agricultural development of San Joaquin county and contributed in other ways to material progress and upbuilding of this portion of the state. He died September 17, 1902, and the community mourned the loss of one of its honored and respected early settlers. In politics he had been a Republican, and he was ever loyal in support of his honest convictions. He had a wide acquaintance in the county, was a self-made man who achieved both character and a fortune and commanded the respect of all with whom he came in contact. After working for his uncle for a number of years, Paul Cordes became the owner of a farm which had previously belonged to George Cordes, and he has now four hundred and eighty acres of land in the Lammersville school district, constituting a very desirable property. He has placed many improvements thereon and has wrought a transformation that is in keeping with modern ideas of agriculture.

Mr. Cordes was married on the 17th of September, 1898, to Miss Hermine Haarstrich, who was born in Germany and is a daughter of Dietrich and Louise Haarstrich, both of whom are natives of Germany and are now deceased. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Cordes are Minnie, Emma L., George H., Julius C. and Charles H., and the baby, Lillie Paulina. Mrs. Cordes came to America in 1889. Both Mr. Cordes and his wife have a wide acquaintance in San Joaquin county, and their circle of friends is constantly growing because they possess many sterling traits of character--such as command good will and confidence in every land and clime.

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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