Placer County








            Frederick P. Grohs, residing in Auburn, Placer County, California, is a well known old settler of the state, coming in 1852.  He was born in Germany October 7, 1827.  His parents, John and Catherin (Meseck) Grohs, immigrated to the United States in 1837, bringing with them the subject of this sketch, who was then ten years of age.  They settled in Philadelphia, where the father engaged in the manufacture of hats during the remainder of his life.  They were members of the Lutheran Church and highly respected.

            Mr. Grohs, the only child, attended the public schools of Philadelphia and later learned his trade, that of butcher.  Influenced by the gold excitement in California, he crossed the plains in 1852, the route overland being that year almost lined by newly made graves of the victims of cholera, which was making such ravages of the emigrants.  There were twenty-nine in Mr. Grohs’ company, and, notwithstanding the fact that they were all attacked by this disease, all recovered and arrived safely at their destinations.

            Mr. Grohs first lived in Hangtown and from there went to Sacramento, arriving in Auburn in the fall of 1852, where he engaged in placer mining a short distance below the town.  There he, with two others, averaged twenty-nine dollars a day for some time.  He afterward went to Sacramento and engaged in the butcher business.  At first he was paid a salary of one hundred and twenty-five dollars a month, but later owned a meat market and remained there in business until the summer of 1855, when he removed to Nevada City.  At the latter place he opened a meat market and continued in business until 1860.  Next he removed to Dutch Flat, where he carried on his butchering business until 1873.  During this year he removed to Auburn, where he was engaged in the brewing business for ten years.  In 1882 he went to southeastern Oregon and turned his attention to cattle raising, in which business he has since continued.  He has had as many as ten to twelve hundred head of cattle at one time.

            Mr. Grohs was married in 1859 to Miss Louisa Brandeau, a native of New Orleans and a daughter of John Brandeau.  The union was blessed with nine children, the surviving members being:  Emma, now her father’s housekeeper; Minnie, the wife of Dr. William Martin and a resident of Benicia; Jewel, the wife of Emory Carpenter, residing at Sacramento; Frank, who is in Oregon, attending to the interests of the firm there, and Lollye, who is at home.  Mrs. Grohs is now deceased, her death having occurred in 1897.  Her daughter Emma now presides over the home and with her Mr. Grohs is spending the evening of an active and successful life.  He and his family have many friends among the early settlers of the state.

            Mr. Grohs was made a Master Mason at Dutch Flat in 1863.  He is also a member of the chapter of Royal Arch Masons and of the I. O. O. F.  In politics he is a Democrat. 



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 242-243. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.




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