California Genealogy and History Archives
The tide of immigration which bore to the west so many of the industrious and capable sons of the Fatherland brought Knudt Lauritzen to Sonoma county in 1898, his decision to immigrate hither having been made after an unprejudiced comparison of the opportunities which his own land offered and those which others of his countrymen were enjoying on this side of the Atlantic. It was after carefully weighing the matter, therefore, that at the age of eighteen years (his birth having occurred June 2, 1881) he bade farewell to home and friends and embarked on a vessel bound for the United States. From the eastern port at which he landed he went by rail to Jones county, Iowa, and in that part of the middle-west he continued for about three years, working on farms in that locality and at the same time imbibing knowledge in various directions which has been of incalculable benefit to him.
With good knowledge of the English language as well as a thorough understanding of farming as conducted in the middle-west, Mr. Lauritzen came to California in 1902, in the same year locating in Sonoma county, with which he has been so completely satisfied as a place of residence he has had no desire to seek a home elsewhere. On Rural Route No. 4 from Petaluma he leases a ranch of three hundred and ten acres upon which he conducts a dairy business supported from forty cows, and each y3ear witnesses an increase in the size of his herd. He also gives pasturage to one hundred head of sheep, and four thousand chickens also add materially to his annual income. As with his dairy industry, so also in his poultry business each year finds an enlargement of the business and greater profits, all of which is due to the perseverance and energy of the owner. Personally he is a man who finds no inclination to ally himself with organizations of a fraternal or social character, finding instead ample diversion in the care of his ranch and its stock, and in his associations in the Christian Lutheran Church, of which he is a member. In the casting of his ballot he is independent of party names, voting at all times for the best candidate personally and with an eye to his capability for the position which he is to fill. On October 27, 1909, Mr. Lauritzen formed domestic ties by his marriage with Jennie Samorini, and they have one daughter, Isalina.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011