Victor F. Strauch, a representative agriculturist of northern Sacramento county, where he is the owner of a valuable and well improved ranch, is a native of the fatherland, his birth occurring in Germany on the 27th of June, 1850. His parents were David and Magdalena (Miller) Strauch, who also had their nativity in that country. In the '50s, however, the family home was established in America, they taking passage on a sailing vessel at Havre, France, and about four weeks were spent in the voyage to New York. On reaching the American shore the journey was resumed to California, via the isthmus route, and on arriving in the Golden state they took up their residence in Sacramento county. For several years this worthy pioneer couple resided on the Haggin Grant, where Mr. David Strauch devoted his time and attention to agricultural pursuits, and in the '60s removed to the ranch now owned by his son, Charles C. California numbered him among her honored ioneers, where he was long a representative of industrial interests, but on the 5th of April, 1896, his life's labors were ended in death. His widow did not long survive him, joining him in the home beyond October 15, 1897. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Strauch were as follows: Victor F., whose name introduces this review; Peter J., Rudolph, Charles C. and Gustav A., all residents of Sacramento county; Jane, the wife of Thomas Johnston, of Placer county; Emma, who also maintains her home in that county; and Annie, the wife of August Wolfe, of Sacramento county. David Strauch was a Republican in his political affiliations, and in the county in which he so long made his home he was well and favorably known.

Victor F. Strauch was reared to man's estate in Sacramento county, receiving his early education in the Lincoln school district, but the knowledge therein gained has been greatly supplemented in the passing years by broad reding and experience in the practical affairs of life. From an early age he has been identified with agricultural pursuits, and he is now the owner of a ranch of five hundred and ten acres of rich and fertile land. In connection with his active business career he has also discharged the duties of public office, for many years serving as a trustee of the Lincoln school district, and much of that time has been spent as cleerk of the board. In this office he has discharged his duties with promptness and decision, proving himself to be a man of ability and trustworthiness.

The marriage of Mr. Strauch was celebrated on the 8th of December, 1872, when Miss Emma Steinmiller, a native of Sacramento county, became his wife. She is a daughter of George Steinmiller, who was long an honored resident of this county, but is now deceased. Eleven children survive to bless the union of Mr. and Mrs. Strauch, and the family is highly respected in Sacramento county, where they have many friends. Mr. Strauch is a member of Schiller Lodge, I. O. O. F., at Sacramento, and his political affiliations are with the Republican party.

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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