Search billions of records on


 Biographies Index  



California Genealogy and History Archives

Sonoma County


Hans Juhl

Not only is Mr. Juhl known as a tiller of the soil in the vicinity of Petaluma, but he is also known as a genial “mine host,” owning and maintaining a small hotel at the head of Chelino valley, on San Antone creek. Mr. Juhl is one of the sons of Denmark who have found in the United States an opportunity for the development and expression of ideas and ideals which would not have been possible in the land which gave them birth. To the man willing to work for the attainment of his ideal even in the face of obstacles if need be, this new country has been a boon, as for one Mr. Juhl can testify. Born in Hadersleben, Denmark, November 18, 1848, he was a young man of eighteen years when he determined to come to the United States and begin life under new conditions, confident that if one avenue of support failed, another could be found whereby he could at least make a living. The voyage was made by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and on the 26th day of December, 1866, he landed at San Francisco, after a long voyage of land and sea travel.

From the metropolis Mr. Juhl came to Sonoma county and in the agricultural district he found ample opportunity to put his knowledge of farming to good account, for in the old country in the employ of others for a number of years, in the meantime laying aside from his wages whatever was not actually needed to supply his wants. His object in so doing was a desire to become a property owner, but for taking this step he made investigations in other parts of the state, being first to Humboldt county and from there to other localities; but he finally returned to Sonoma county, satisfied that this particular part of the state offered advantages over any others that he had investigated. It was therefore with considerable assurance that he came to Petaluma and purchased the ranch of forty-one acres upon which he has resided ever since. As has been stated, in addition to maintaining this property, he also runs a small hotel for the traveling public in the Chelino valley, on San Antone creek, just over the line in Marin county. His ranch, which adjoins the Sonoma county line and is five and three-quarters miles west of Petaluma, was formerly known as the Laguna station, but now is called Chelino Valley station.

Mr. Juhl’s marriage, which was celebrated October 7, 1876, in San Francisco, united him with Miss Matilda Peterson, who was born on the island of Fohr, Schleswig, Germany, the daughter of John and Anna Peterson, who were born in Germany in 1823 and 1821 respectively. Four children were born to these parents, Nicholas, Claudius, Anna and Matilda, and all are married and established in homes of their own. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Juhl, one son and two daughters growing to maturity, Luis, Ida and Henrietta. The last-mentioned, a resident of Marin county, is the wife of Henry DeWitt and the mother of two children, Roger and Marjorie. The other children are still at home with their parents. Public-spirited and enterprising, Mr. Juhl has done his part at all times to advance the welfare of the community in which he lives, and for a number of years was road master of his district and also school trustee. Fraternally he is affiliated with Petaluma Lodge No. 38, U. A. O. D., and socially he mingles with his fellow-countrymen in the Dania, a Danish society. When opportunity is afforded to express his political views he speaks and votes in favor of the Democratic party, believing that its principles, if rightly understood and expressed, will bring the greatest good to the greatest number. For thirty-five years Mr. and Mrs. Juhl have resided in this vicinity and of this period twenty-five years have been spent at Chelino Valley station, where for six years Jr. Juhl served as postmaster until the office was discontinued and rural delivery established. Both Mr. and Mrs. Juhl are beloved by all who know them for their many deeds of kindness, rendered not only to those in their immediate vicinity, but to wayfarers who come to their doors.

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