California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
GEORGE A. KLUSMAN — Whatever its natural origin and previous training, there is a type of citizenship that represents good service and usefulness in any environment, and a splendid illustration of such type is in the person of George A. Klusman of Cucamonga.
Mr. Klusman was born in Oldenburg, Germany, November 20, 1879, son of William and Johanna (Stulken) Klusman. William Klusman owned a good farm in Germany and for seven years lived in America, but then returned to his native land, where he died at the age of eighty-two. His wife, Johanna, had died at the age of forty. They had six sons: William, the oldest, now chief engineer of the Union Tool Works at Torrens in Los Angeles; John and Henry, whose careers also belong within the province of this publication; Charles, who served as a commission officer in the World war and still lives in Germany ; George A., and August, who died at the age of eight years. Four of these brothers became Americans, and they came to this country not only to enjoy the advantages of the new world but to make themselves in every sense American citizens, and all of them became naturalized as soon as possible.
George A. Klusman acquired a good education in Germany.. During 1900-01 he was enlisted in the Regular German Army in the 91st Division of Infantry. He served six months in Germany and for eighteen months was abroad in China, participating in the allied expedition to quell the Boxer rebellion. His pay while a German soldier was five cents a day. He went back home, was mustered out and for one year was employed in the railway service. He resigned in order to follow his brothers to America, and he reached Cucamonga November 16, 1903. He came here a hundred fifty dollars in debt to his brother John, having borrowed that sum in order to pay the expenses of his voyage. He at once went to work for his brother John at twenty-five dollars a month and board. The next three years were years of hard labor, during which he paid back the hundred and fifty dollars and also saved enough to buy a team of horses. He then leased some land, and since then has been actively identified with agriculture and horticulture, but his big crop and the specialty by which he is widely known throughout this section is potatoes. There is probably no man in Southern California who understands potato culture better than George A. Klusman. In 1917, when the Government was clamoring for increased food production, his crop amounted to ten thousand sacks. The first land he purchased was twenty acres of untamed soil, and he set this to raisin grapes, intercultivating in the meantime. Here he built a modern home and barn and lived there until he sold the property in 1920.
In 1917 Mr. Klusman bought eighty acres of excellent land on Foot Hill Boulevard. This is the scene of his home today. All the tract is irrigated and thirty acres have been set to lemons and oranges, twenty acres to vineyard, fifteen acres to peaches and fifteen acres to garden and farm crops. On account if its varied productiveness, its beautiful home, in the midst of mountain scenery, and its commodious outbuildings, this is one of the most attractive places along this old thoroughfare. Mr. Klusman still leases a large acreage and uses a great deal of land every season for his potato crop. Among other varied interests he is a stockholder in the Building & Loan Association at Cucamonga. He is affiliated with Lodge No. 98, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Upland and ihe Foresters. At the age of forty-two he has accumulated a prosperity that would enable him to retire, though his energetic disposition seems likely to keep him in the productive lines of business for some years to come. He was ready with his money and all other influence to aid the Government at the time of the World war, is a republican in politics, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
August 11, 1910, Mr. Klusman married Miss Mary. Clarrissa Oliver, who was born at Derry West, near Toronto, Canada, August 11, 1883. She is a high school graduate. They have one son, George Oliver, born October 6, 1915. Mrs. Klusman is a daughter of Josiah and Mary Ann (Carter) Oliver, the father born at the same place as his daughter and the mother born in Brampton, Canada. The father, a farmer, came to Cucamonga, California, in 1905 and had a ranch. He died September 10, 1921. The mother died when Mrs. Klusman was four years old. There were six girls and three boys in the family. Three of the girls married and are living in California, also one of the brothers. One sister and one brother are living in Canada and one sister is deceased.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011