William C. Bollinger, farmer and stock-raiser near Lodi, San Joaquin county, is a native son of California, his father being one of the old-time settlers, and he has made a noteworthy record in all the phases of his activity since arriving at manhood. He took up his residence in San Joaquin county in 1896, and his worth and ability have been in evidence in all his undertakings since that time. He has taken much interest in affairs of the community, and is now serving his second term as a member of the board of trustees of the Henderson school district.

Mr. Bollinger was born in Contra Costa county, California, August 2, 1867, being a son of Christopher C. and Johanna (Perkins) Bollinger, his mother dying when he was a boy, and his father is a resident of Lodi. The Bollinger family has a notable record extending back for several generations, and the family seat of this particular branch has for long years been established in southeastern Missouri, where Bollinger county was named in their honor.

Christopher C. Bolling was born in Bollinger county, Missouri, December 15, 1836. His father, Joshua, was an early settler of Bollinger county, and about 1850 he crossed the plains to California, where he engaged in gold mining for a few years. He then returned to Missouri and in 1854 brought his family out to this state, making the long journey across the plains with ox teams, and was some six and a half months in reaching his destination. For a short time he and his family remained near San Jose, and in 1855 he brought them to Contra Costa county, where he became one of the pioneer settlers and where he died in his eighty-first year. His father, William Bollinger, the great-grandfather of William C. Bollinger, attained the great age of ninety-five years, so that the generations have all been long-lived and sturdy people. From 1855 until the fall of 1899 Christopher Bollinger was a resident of Contra Costa county, and since then he has made his home in the town of Lodi. On his arrival in Contra Costa county as one of the early settlers in 1855, being at that time a vigorous young man of nineteen years, he took up a ranch of three hundred and twenty acres twenty-five miles west of Martinez. He lived on this place throughout his residence in Contra Costa county, and he still owns the ranch, which is a valuable piece of property. Christopher C. Bollinger married for his first wife Johanna Perkins, and by this marriage there were two children, William C., and Anna, wife of Frank Bollinger, of Santa Rosa, California. His present wife's maiden name was Louisa White, a native of Madison county, Missouri, who came to Contra Costa county, California, in 1878. By this second union there is one son, George E., of Lodi. Mr. Christopher Bollinger has been a very successful man, and is highly esteemed as a typical early settler of the state. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics is a Democrat.

Mr. William C. Bollinger, the son of this California pioneer, was reared in his native county of Contra Costa and received his education in the public schools. He located in San Joaquin county in 1896 and has resided here most of the subsequent time. His nice ranch is located a short distance south of the Henderson district school. He affiliates with the Knights of Pythias at Lodi, and in politics is a Democrat. He is public-spirited in all matters of public interest, and during his residence in the county has made himself a factor for progress and advancement in all lines.

September 19, 1896, Mr. Bollinger married Miss Mary J. Stewart, who was born in San Joaquin county, and her father, Robert Stewart, was formerly a well known citizen of this county. Mr. and Mrs. Bollinger have three children, Lucy F., Elsie M. and Eva C.

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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