YUBA COUNTY Biographies
LUDWIG M. LEHNER
Thirty years of the life of Ludwig M. Lehner have been spent in the West, and at all times he has been a supporter of those interests which have been instituted for the benefit and upbuilding of the State and community. On January 7, 1893, he arrived in Sutter County from Le Roy, Wis., and has since been identified with the development of this portion of California. Since 1906 he has been the owner of twenty acres five miles south of Yuba City, which he has set up to cling peaches and which has brought him lucrative returns for his labor and industry. He was born in Bavaria, Germany, October 10, 1862, the fifth of a family of eight children born to Michael and Katherine (Perry) Lehner, both natives of Bavaria. His ancestors were farmers and merchants, and were all successful from a material standpoint. Michael Lehner passed away at the age of sixty-two , in 1887, his wife surviving him until 1912.
Ludwig M. Lehner was educated in the public schools of Germany, and learned scientific farming at an agricultural college. His first practical farming was done on his father’s ranch. Mr. Lehner arrived in New York in 1889 and went direct to Wisconsin, where he remained for four years. He then came West and worked on the Berg ranch for two years, after which for seven years he was foreman for Robert Keck at Oswald Station. He is a member of the Barry Center of the Sutter County Farm Bureau.
The marriage of Mr. Lehner, which took place in Marysville, united his with Miss Rose Drake, a daughter of Isaac Drake, pioneer and well-to-do orchardist of Yuba City, now living retired. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lehner: Ernest, assisting his father on the home farm; Mrs. Bertha Allen; Vera, the wife of Thomas Kerrigan of Yuba City; and Eloise, a student in the Marysville High School. Mr. Lehner received his United States citizenship in Wisconsin in 1890, and cast his vote for President Cleveland; but he is now a stanch Republican. He is public-spirited and has served two terms as trustee of the Barry school district. Fraternally, he is a member of the Woodmen of the World at Yuba City and the Knights of Columbus at Marysville. The family are members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Marysville.
History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924
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