Contra Costa County












JOSEPH BRODER, a member of the enterprising mercantile firm of Quinn & Broder, at Pinole, Crockett and Oakland, was born near Folsom, Cal., December 17, 1877, a son of Jacob Broder, one of the sturdy and reliable pioneers of the state.The elder man was born in Sargans, Switzerland, and upon his immigration to the United Sates in 1851 came to California without money, friends and no knowledge of the language or customs, and with only his own courage and energy to bespeak any success for him in the future.Upon his arrival in the state he went to Sacramento and followed mining for four years, meeting with a success which justified his continuance in the work.In 1853 he entered a quarter-section of land near Folsom, Sacramento county, and as his financial ability increased he continued purchasing until to-day he owns over three thousand acres, the greater part of which is improved and under cultivation, his own home being a handsome residence Ė all the result of his own efforts.In addition to this material prosperity he has given time and attention to mental culture, becoming a well-read man and thoroughly abreast of the times.He was accompanied to California by his brothers, Joseph, John, Frank and Oswald.In Sacramento Mr. Broder married Mary Studarus, a native of West Virginia.


Reared and educated in his native state, Joseph Broder attended common and high schools in Oakland, completing a business course which has figured largely in his career.In partnership with his brother Jacob he rented a ranch of his father as his first independent venture, continuing in ranching operations for the ensuing four years.In 1901, under the firm name of Quinn & Broder, he and his brother-in-law, J. W. Quinn, opened a shoe store and menís furnishing establishment in Crockett, Contra Costa county, following this with an establishment of the same character at No. 1107 Washington street, Oakland, and in July, 1903, adding to their already extensive business interests by a menís furnishing and boot and shoe store in Pinole, with splendid business and executive ability and judgment conducting the three interests successfully up to the present time.


Mr. Broder married Lillian A. Morgan, a native of Oakland, and a daughter of William Morgan.In fraternal relations Mr. Broder is a member of the Carquinez Lodge No. 337, F. & A. M., both himself and wife belonging to the Eastern Star, and he is also a member of the Native Sons and Red Men, including the Degree of Pocahontas.





Transcribed by Donna Toole.

≠≠≠≠Source: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 1031-1032. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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Contra Costa County Biographies

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