Contra Costa County












††††††††††† JULIUS F. STIEFVATER. A successful merchant of Point Richmond, Contra Costa county, and a citizen prominent in the affairs of the community, is Julius F. Stiefvater, a native of Hesse-Nassau, Germany, where his birth occurred June 16, 1873. His father, Andrew Stiefvater, was born in the same locality and upon his emigration to the United States in 1855 located in New York state, where he engaged in a mercantile enterprise. Upon the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted in the Thirty-seventh New York Volunteer Infantry, and served with patriotism and fervor for his adopted country. Upon the close of hostilities he returned to his native land and there engaged in a general merchandise business until his final retirement from the active cares of life. His wife, formerly Caroline Holcer, a native of the same place, died in 1893, leaving a family of five children, four sons and a daughter, of whom Julius F. is the youngest in order of birth.

††††††††††† In the common schools of Germany Julius F. Stiefvater received a splendid foundation for the knowledge which he has since acquired from contact with the business world. Following the example of his father, he came to the United States in 1892 and located in Modesto, Stanislaus county, Cal., where he engaged with a brother, Andrew Stiefvater, who was a general merchant in that location. February 15, 1902, he came to Point Richmond and in partnership with W. Stitt, established a small mercantile enterprise. March 1st the following year he purchased his partnerís interest, and from their modest beginning built up an extensive business, carrying at the present time a diversified stock which supplies a lucrative trade. His stock is inventoried at about nine thousand dollars.

††††††††††† In Modesto, Cal., Mr. Stiefvater was united in marriage with Nellie Wilson, a native of that city. In his fraternal relations he is identified with the Knights of Pythias, and politically is a stanch Republican. In addition to his mercantile interests Mr. Stiefvater is a stockholder in the Bank of Richmond as well as in the Santa Fe Building Association.





Transcribed by Marie Hassard 21 April 2015.

≠≠≠≠Source: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Page 464. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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