Biography of August F. Mahlmann
Big River Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





August F. Mahlmann. A native of Germany, was born April l4, 1821. At the age of six years he was sent to school, and attended till he was fourteen years of age. He then went to Imbeck, Germany, and there was apprenticed to the baker's trade, and served three years. It being the custom in Germany that when a young man has completed his trade he is to travel through the country to learn the different ways of the world and people, therefore at the age of seventeen he proceeded to Hamburg, thence to Stralsund, on the Baltic Sea; thence to Berlin, and from there to Danzig, Prussia, and then to Riya, in Russia; thence to Moscow, Russia; thence to Yamia, in Australia; thence to Pesth, Hungary; thence to Belgeraft, Turkey; thence back to Yamia, and from there to Tricas, in Italy; thence to Venice, and from there to Rome, and thence to Born, in Switzerland; thence to Zing, Switzerland; thence to Surteran; thence to Basel, and from there to Paris; from Paris to Metz, in France. During his travels in Switzerland the people pledged themselves to do away with crowned government, and be was obliged to sign his name with his own blood, to fight for liberty. In 1848, during this trouble he was wounded in his legs and captured, and placed in prison for fourteen months in the city of Spandau, Prussia. He was then banished, and came to America, landing in New York in July, 1850, where he remained till January 1852, being engaged in stuffing birds, he having learned that trade in Hamburg. In 1852 he sailed via Panama to California, and arrived in San Francisco early in March. He at once went to Nevada City and mined for one year, and then came to Mendocino county, and for eight years was working in the saw mills along the coast. In 1864 he built his present hotel in Little River and has since conducted that business. Married Amelia C. Anderson, April 26, 1867, who was born May 2, 1835, in Denmark, and by this union they have Bertha, Frederick, Amelia, William and Regenia.

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


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