California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
RUDOLPH H. BOETTGER is one of the younger men engaged in the orange growing industry of the Redlands district. He has made a close study of orange Culture, and the condition of his orchard denotes ability and knowledge superior to many older growers.
Mr. Boettger, whose home and grove is on Texas Street, his home number being 1554, was born at Denison, Iowa, March 14, 1895. His parents, Martin F. and Watje Boettger, were born in Germany, came to America, and their thrift and energy achieved success in this country. They moved to Southern California when Rudolph Boettger was a child, and the latter was reared and educated at Redlands. While with his father he worked in the Imperial Valley, where they improved a hundred acres of land near Holtville. Rudolph Boettger returned to Redlands June 6, 1915, and has since been actively identified with orange growing. He has the energy and pluck required for success in this business. In January, 1919, he purchased a splendid ten-acre grove on Texas Street, extending from San Bernardino Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue. Half of this is in Valencias and half in Washington Navels. Mr. Boettger negotiated this purchase on terms and he provides his living expenses by caring for other groves, devoting all his crop receipts to paying out on his place, and when this program is completed he will have a valuable property, one that will insure substantial returns for many years.
Mr. Boettger married Miss Blanche C. Dalbey, who was born at Millsboro, Pennsylvania, June 12, 1900, daughter of Charles F. and Julia E. Dalbey, who are residents of Redlands.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011