Biography of Louis Fickert
Kern County, CA Biographies





LOUIS FICKERT, one of the original settlers of Bear valley, Kern County, California, is a native of Prussia, born February 12, 1823. He learned the cooper's trade and followed the same in Hamburg until he was about twenty-three years of age. At that time he sailed as ship's cooper on a merchant vessel for the coasts of Africa, made a voyage of thirty-eight months, returned to Hamburg and resailed for South American ports. He spent thirteen weeks in Valparaiso, South America, and from there sailed to San Francisco, arriving January 5, 1850. At once he sought the mines of Yuba County, afterward mined in Washington Territory a few months, and in 1852 returned to California, spending some time in Nevada County. In 1853 he visited Germany, remaining until March 15, 1854, when he returned to his old "stampings grounds" in the Golden State, coming via New York City, Aspinwall and San Francisco. He mined in Auburn, California, winding up in Sierra County, and in 1870, locating in Bear valley, Kern County, where he has since been successfully engaged in stock raising and agricultural pursuits. He owns about 3,000 acres of good farming and grazing land, ranges 150 head of cattle, a small band of sheep, and keeps about twelve saddle and work horses.

Mr. Fickert is well known to be a pronounced but conservative Democrat in politics, and is regarded as a representative Californian.

From:
Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Fresno, Tulare and Kern,
California
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago 1891


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