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Lorenz Rambash Peters

In Mr. Peters one distinctly sees all of those characteristics that have made the German citizen welcomed in every community in which he has elected to make his home. These have come to him through a long line of German antecedents, as well as training during the formative years of his life in the typical German home of his parents. They were Hans and Amelia (Schewhoff) Peters, natives and life-time residents of the Fatherland. In their home in Fohr Lorenz R. Peters was born in 1873, and in the excellent schools for which the Fatherland is noted, he received a good fundamental education. Reading and observation have since added immeasurably to his fund of information, especially has this been true since coming to the United States. This he did when a youth of seventeen years, coming here alone and with no knowledge of the language of the country to which he had come. This inconvenienced him but a short time, however, for he was apt and eager to learn and soon had a good working knowledge of the language, and every day added to his knowledge and understanding of the customs of the country also.

Ever since coming to the United States in 1890 Mr. Peters has been a resident of Sonoma county, where he worked on ranches in the vicinity of Petaluma for about ten years before undertaking the responsibilities of a ranch of his own. By carefully saving from his income whatever was not necessary for his support he accumulated a sum which made this step possible, and it was with commendable pride that he purchased the ranch upon which he now resides, nine miles from Petaluma and about one-half mile from Two Rock. Petaluma, however, is his postoffice, from which mail is delivered daily by carrier on Rural Route No. 4. Here he has seventy-five acres of rich land, of which twenty acres are in vineyard, while the remainder of the land is in hay and pasture, at least, such of it that is not used as pasturage for his six head of stock and that occupied by his chicken industry. Without question the latter is the most fruitful source of income on the entire ranch, four thousand laying hens constituting his flock at the present time, and it is his intention to devote more time and space to this industry as conditions make this possible, for he is convinced that this locality has no equal as a chicken-raising and egg-producing center.

Mr. Peters’ marriage in 1900 was solemnized in Fohr, Germany, uniting him with Miss Amelia Hansen, who like himself was born in Germany in 1873. Three children have been born of their marriage, William, Chriska and Rosie. Politically Mr. Peters is a Republican, and with his wife is a communicant and member of the Presbyterian Church.

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