Another progressive rancher whose intelligent industry and important results have entitled him to the esteem and confidence of his fellow-men, is Louis C. Stohlmann, who operates one of the most attractive of Sutter County farms, about four and one-half miles west of Sutter City, where he was born on January 14, 1883.  His father, Henry Stohlmann, was a native of Germany, having been born in 1839 in the kingdom of Prussia; and he married Miss Minna Strathmeier, a native of the same region.  Henry Stohlmann came to the United States in 1858 and settled in Iowa; but after fifteen months there, he decided to come to California.  On arriving here, he located in Sutter County, where he lived for the balance of his life.  He settled five miles to the northeast of Meridian, or four and one-half miles to the west of Sutter City, and bought land from time to time, until at his death he owned 1580 acres, which he handled and developed in such a creditable manner that he can truly be said to have contributed much to the enrichment of this section, and to the advancement of California agriculture.  Henry Stohlmann engaged for the most part in stock-raising, but he had between 500 and 600 acres devoted to general farming.  He used to run about 200 head of cattle.  He died on his ranch, while yet comparatively young; but his wife lived to be seventy-one years old, breathing her last in 1921.  Eight children were born to this worthy couple: Mathilda, Mrs. H. C. Meyer, of Sutter, Cal.; Fred, who died February 19, 1920, and although twice married, left no children; Minnie, Mrs. W. M. Nall, of Meridian; Carrie, Mrs. G. W. Summy, also of Meridian; Henry, at Live Oak; Louis C.; and Clara and Lillie.

Louis Stohlmann attended the Slough district school, and was later always associated with his parents in their agricultural enterprises, although, when eighteen, he commenced to work for wages for others, at certain times.  Now he owns 700 acres of the old home place, most all of which is fine hill range, with about eighty acres of farm land.  His sisters Clara and Lillie, at home with him, have respectively eighty and 110 acres of land in their own name.  Mr. Stohlmann belongs to the Odd Fellows Lodge at Meridian, in which he is a Past Grand.  In politics, he is a Republican.

History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

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Another interesting man of affairs in Sutter County is Roland Henry Hawley, who resides about four miles to the northwest of Sutter City.  A native son of the Golden State, he was born at Potter Valley, in Mendocino County, on December 21, 1880, the son of Charles and Anna (Getty) Hawley.  The latter was really a daughter of Mr. Kindall, who had come to California in early pioneer days and was a partner in farming and stock-raising with Moore Getty.  Mr. Kindall was accidentally killed, no one knows exactly how; but it is assumed that as he was about to open a gate an ox-team gored him to death.  After his demise, Moore Getty married the widow; and the children all took the name of Getty.  Charles Hawley was a native of Vermont, and came to California long ago around the Horn, with his mother and younger brother, his father and two elder brothers having already sailed hither over the same route.  Charles Hawley settled at Sutter and married Anna Getty in the Sutter Buttes.  Later they moved to Mendocino County and were there engaged in sheep-raising; but after eight years they moved back to the old Getty ranch in Sutter.  Charles Hawley died in Sutter County at the age of forty-five, leaving an unblemished reputation; Anna Getty Hawley is still living, the center of a circle of devoted friends at San Jose.  They were the parents of four children: Maude, in San Jose; Josephine, Mrs. O’Banion, of Yuba City; Roland Henry, our subject; and Herbert, of San Jose.

Roland Henry Hawley attended the Brittan school in Sutter County, and for a while was a student at the Sutter Union High School, eventually continuing and completing his studies at the high school in San Jose.  Returning to the home place, he was married on November 2, 1904, at Sutter, to Miss Ethel Haynes, a native of Sutter County, where she was born on the Haynes ranch south of Sutter City, the daughter of James and Frances (White) Haynes.  James Haynes came to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama, in 1868, and both he and his wife were natives of Ohio.  They settled near O’Banion Corners for a few years, and later removed to the neighborhood of Sutter City.  Mr. Haynes died at the age of sixty-eight; and Mrs. Haynes lived to be sixty-seven.  They had four children: Alice became Mrs. C. F. Farington, and is deceased; Norman is in Sutter City, as is also James L.; while the youngest of the family is Mrs. Hawley.  Mr. Hawley bought 300 acres of the old Moore-Getty ranch, six years ago, and there built his home.  Since then he has devoted the place to stock-raising.  He takes an active and influential interest in civic affairs, and is at present one of the trustees of the Brittan grammar school.  Mr. and Mrs. Hawley have three children, Harold, Verde and Juana.

History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

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