California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
FRED BOSCH is an active and alert business man and rancher of the Victorville locality. He was unknown and moneyless when he landed in that community some ten years ago, and a remarkable degree of energy and application to the business in hand has been the lever by which he has raised himself to a considerable degree of fortune and esteem.
He was born in Hechingen, Hohenzollem, South Germany, March 2, 1872, one of the four sons and two daughters of William and Maxmiliana (Hoch) Bosch, natives of the same province. Both father and grandfather were butchers by trade and this was the occupation Fred Bosch learned after acquiring a common school education. He worked as a journeyman butcher in Germany until he came to New York and thence to Los Angeles, arriving in the California city in 1912. When he reached American shores Mr. Bosch had only $50 in capital. He followed the butcher's trade in Los Angeles, and on May 3, 1913, arrived at Victorville, where he found work in a meat market as a cutter and clerk.
His chief ally in his growing prosperity and independence has been Mrs. Bosch, who has shared with him in their mutual undertaking in every respect. He married Miss Annie Straub October 6, 1912. She was born at Lafayette, Indiana. When they were married they had only $5 between them, so that their prosperity today is an accurate measure of what they have accomplished in the ten years since their marriage. In May, 1914, they bought twenty-four acres of bottom land adjoining the town site of Victorville, the contract price being $125 an acre. The land was wild and unbroken, and one of their first improvements was the sinking of a well. They cleared the land of brush and since then have improved it to one of the very profitable ranches in the Victorville vicinity. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bosch worked long hours to achieve their ambition. In October, 1914, Mr. Bosch opened the meat market which he still continues. His business is a strictly home market. He buys local home grown stock, personally supervises the slaughtering, dressing and retailing, and has successfully met the heavy competitions of the packing interests and his service and the quality of his products have gained him the confidence and the patronage of a home people who favor his market over all others.
Mr. Bosch for a number of years has had a schedule of work that pays no respect to the standard working day. He worked long hours, usually slaughters his beeves on Sunday, while Mrs. Bosch has kept the oversight and to a large degree the work of the farm. Mr. and Mrs. Bosch are members of the Catholic Church.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011