JOHN G. RUPPRICHT
Among the honored and respected citizens of Hayward who, having performed well their part in life and, having finished
their labors, have passed to their eternal reward, one of the pest remembered is the late John G. Ruppricht, who
held a high place in the esteem of his fellowmen and was regarded as one of the best citizens of his community.
Mr. Ruppricht was born in Bavaria, Germany, on the 30th of October, 1833, and was a son of George and Marie Ruppricht.
He attended the public schools of his home neighborhood and in young manhood emigrated to the United States, going
direct to Columbus, Ohio, where he had a sister living. In the public schools of that city he completed his education
and later became a bookkeeper in the office of a canal company. He came to California by way of the Isthmus of
Panama and located at Dutch Flats, Placer county, where he did the first hydraulic mining in that locality. During
that period he also owned and operated a sawmill. After remaining there a number of years, he came to Alameda county
and lived retired. Selling his business, he went back to Germany, with his wife and children, and after a pleasant
visit amid the scenes of his boyhood, returned to this country. For awhile he visited his sister in Columbus, Ohio,
and then came back to Hayward, where he bought four different properties, three of which he still owned at the
time of his death, which occurred at the Franklin Hospital in San Francisco in 1905, when he was seventy two years
of age. On one of his properties, consisting of eighteen acres on B street, Hayward, his daughter, Mrs. Diete,
is now living. This place is well improved and is largely devoted to fruit raising, mainly cherries, apricots,
pears and plums.
Mr. Ruppricht was married in San Francisco to Miss Hermine Witte, who was born in Salzgitter, Germany, from which
country she came to the United States early in life with friends and located in San Francisco, where she lived
up to the time of her marriage. She passed away in Hayward in 1904 at the age of fifty six years. To this union
were born four children. John B. was a veteran of the Spanish-American war and is now deceased. Charles is also
deceased. Minnie was married in San Francisco to Dr. Thomas C. Diete, a native of Germany, who was graduated in
medicine from the University of Berlin, and on coming to this country located in San Francisco, where he practiced
medicine, later removing to Alameda county. He enlisted in the Spanish-American war and was in China during the
Boxer uprising. There he was taken sick. On his return to this country he located at Hayward. To him and his wife
were born two children, Carol and Elsie. Elsie, the fourth child in the Ruppricht family, is the wife of John Viehmeier,
of Auburn, Placer county, California.
Mr. Ruppricht gave his political support to the democratic party and while living in Placer county served as deputy
sheriff. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and his religious connection was with the Presbyterian
church, to which he gave generous support, as he did also to all worthy benevolent causes. He was a man of kindly
and hospitable disposition, cordial and friendly in manner, of sterling integrity and industrious habits, and throughout
the communities in which he lived he commanded to a marked degree the confidence and respect of his fellowmen.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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