Biography of John F. Johns
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John F. Johns. Was born in Germany, June 28, 1827, where he lived till 1847. At the age of twelve years he began an apprenticeship to the blacksmith trade, which business he followed till he left the country. In 1847 he was drafted into the Prussian cavalry and served four years. He then began his trade, which he followed in various parts of the country till 1856, in which year he immigrated to America, where he followed his trade. In 1858 he came to California, and settled in Sacramento, where he worked at his trade for a short time, when he went to Washoe, Nevada, and built a blacksmith shop on Comas creek, where he resided till the fall of 1860. He then moved to Fisk's Mill, Sonoma county, where he continued at his tradeb for nine years. In 1869 he sold out his shop and purchased a ranch near Timber Cove, where he remained till 1872. He then disposed of his farm and moved to Stewart's Point, Sonoma county, where he worked for one year. In 1876 he went to Caspar Creek, Mendocino county, and remained one year; then two years in Trinity county at his trade; then to San Francisco; then to Mendocino county again; and in 1877 came to Westport and opened a shop, and in 1878 he erected his present hotel building, and opened that business, which he has since conducted. He married Miss Hedwig Merthans, August 17, 1865, a native of Germany. They have no children

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


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