Thomas Thomsen, the owner of a valuable and highly improved farm of four hundred and forty-one acres situated near Lathrop in San Joaquin county, was born in Holstein, Germany, September 17, 1837, his parents being Jorgen and Maria C. Thomsen, who were also natives of Holstein. Under the parental roof the subject of this review spent his boyhood days and acquired his education in the public schools of Germany. When a young man he learned the tailor's trade, which he followed for a time, and in 1868 he emigrated to America, attracted by the business possibilities and opportunities of the new world. Crossing from Germany ot England he took passage at Liverpool on a steamer bound for New York city, where he arrived in due course of time. There he made arrangements to come to California and again sailed, this time on a steamer bound for the Pacific coast by way of Nicaragua.

He landed at San Francisco on the 27th of July, 1868, and has since made his home in the far west. For a time he was employed in San Francisco as a tailor, but in the fall of the same year he came to San Joaquin county and lived for a brief period on Middle river. Subsequently he settled on what is known as San Joaquin Bridge, where he resided for many years. In February, 1901, he removed to his present farm near Lathrop, and here he has four hundred and forty-one acres of productive land, which he has placed under a high state of cultivation, so that it returns to him excellent crops as a reward for his labors. In connection with general agricultural pursuits he is also carrying on a dairy business, and this is likewise proving profitable and returning to him a good annual income. In his work in California he has prospered and has accumulated a fine property, owing to his own well directed efforts and the assistance of his devoted wife, who has indeed been a faithful helpmate and counselor to him.

On the 6th of July, 1876, Mr. Thomsen was united in marriage to Miss Ida A. Breasa, a native of Posen, Germany, and a daughter of August and Julia, who were also born in Posen and are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Thomsen have been born twelve children, of whom nine are yet living: John Alexander, born October 16, 1877; August Wilhelm, born June 18, 1879; Otto Thomas, born January 21, 1883; Lena Christina Alvina, born December 19, 1886; Ida Amelia, born October 21, 1891; John Henry Thomas, born January 18, 1895; Henry John, born May 26, 1896; Alma, born October 8, 1898; and Elsie, born May 19, 1900. They lost one son, Christina, who was born February 3, 1882, and died at the age of six weeks, and the other children also died in infancy.

Mr. Thomsen has served as a trustee of Mossdale school district. He is independent in politics, supporting the men whom he thinks best qualified for office without regard to party affiliations. He enjoys the confidence and esteem of his neighbors and friends, because he has lived an upright life, his being an active and useful career. He came to America empty-handed, but taking advantage of the splendid opportunities offered in the new world for advancement he has worked his way steadily upward to prosperity, brooking no obstacles that could be overcome by determination and honorable purpose and consecutive endeavor.

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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