Biography of Gebhard Hegenmeyer
Big River Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Gebhard Hegenmeyer. Was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, December 1, 1831, where he resided till the spring of 1852, being educated in the common schools of the country in the meantime. At an early age he began the trade of gunsmith, blacksmith, and machinist, his father being a mechanic before him In the spring of 1852 he sailed from Rotterdam to England; and at Liverpool he shipped on board the sailing vessel Henry Clay for New York. From there he sailed, on the steamer Illinois to Panama, and thence to San Francisco on the steamer Northerner, arriving in August. He then went to Sonoma, Sonoma county, and from there proceeded on foot to Mendocino City, arriving early in September of that year. He came in company with his older brother, Joseph, and they joined their eldest brother, George, in the occupation of getting out piles. George had begun operations at that business on the Big river in connection with Mr. Scharf. They were badly provided with the necessary appliances for work of that kind, and when the rains of 1852 came their piles were washed out to sea; and a short time afterwards the whole outfit was washed away, and they were compelled to leave the place.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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