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John Goeller

Among the men who have achieved success in the cement and construction business, mention should be made of John Goeller, who has made his reputation in Petaluma and the surrounding country for the excellent character of his workmanship.

John Goeller was born in Buchenback Amt, Kuenzelsau, Wurtenberg, Germany, January 25, 1852, one of a family of five children, all reared and educated on the farm of their parents, Henry and Chrintine (Grater) Goeller. At the age of twenty, in 1872, John Goeller, having a desire for a new field of labor and not taking the same interest in farming that his parents did, decided to follow the steps of his brother Harry, who had a few years previously left his native land to sail for the United States and had located in San Francisco, where he subsequently died. After spending a year in Michigan and becoming dissatisfied with the result of his labor, John Goeller came to Healdsburg, Sonoma county, finding employment in a brewery, where he remained for six years. He then went to Montana, where he was in the same line of work for four years. Returning to California t the end of that time he spent two years in Alameda county and in 1895 located in Petaluma, where for the past sixteen years he has so successfully and profitably carried on his present line of business.

Shortly after coming to Petaluma in 1895 Mr. Goeller met Mrs. Louisa Schnitz, a native of Bavaria, who later became his wife. They are members of the German Evangelical Church, to whose charities they contribute liberally. Fraternally Mr. Goeller is a Druid and through this order has many friends who esteem him for his distinctive qualities of character and good citizenship. Politically he sympathizes with Republican principles.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011