Among the successful fruit growers of Solano county whose prosperity has been gained entirely through their own
unaided efforts, specific mention should be made of August Bellmer, whose well cultivated fruit farm is located
in Green valley. He is a native of Germany, born on his father's farm on the 1st of January, 1877, and is a son
of Herman and Margaret (Plotz) Bellmer. August Bellmer attended the public schools near his home. When he was six
years of age he suffered the loss of his mother by death, and in 1891, when he was fourteen years old, his father
brought him and his sister to the United States. They located first in San Francisco but subsequently the father
went to Oregon, where he was engaged in farming, and there his death occurred. Our subject attended the public
schools of San Francisco and also attended night classes at the Lincoln school in that city. He then embarked in
the merchandise business there and was thus engaged until the earthquake of 1906, when he came to Green valley,
Solano county, and bought twenty acres of land. He has cleared up and improved this farm, planting it all to fruit,
with his own hands, and he has made many practical improvements on the tract, increasing its value in proportion.
It is now an attractive and comfortable home and Mr. Bellmer is realizing a good income in return for the labor
which he has bestowed on the place.
Mr. Bellmer was married to Miss Catharine Klusman, who was reared in Cordelia, and they became the parents of two
children, Evelyn and Frank, the last named dying at the age of eleven years. Politically Mr. Bellmer is a stanch
supporter of the republican party, though he exercises his franchise judiciously, voting usually for the men whom
his judgment approves as being best fitted for the offices they seek.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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