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August Valentine Hucke

August Valentine Hucke[1]

Male 1861 - 1938  (77 years)

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  • Name August Valentine Hucke 
    Born 9 Aug 1861  Hessen, Deutschland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 23 Oct 1938  Woodland, Yolo, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I611  tree1 | Hucke of Yolo County, California
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2011 

    Father Johannes Hucke,   b. 20 Jun 1820, Deutschland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1900, Dunnigan, Yolo, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Martha Elisabeth Dittmar,   b. 29 Nov 1835, Obervorsch├╝tz, Schwalm-Eder, Hessen, Deutschland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1887, Woodland, Yolo, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Family ID F218  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bertha Wilkendorf,   b. 21 Oct 1870,   d. 22 Sep 1933  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 1898 
     1. August Hucke  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +2. Martha Elizabeth Hucke  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2011 
    Family ID F220  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    August Valentine Hucke
    August Valentine Hucke and wife Bertha Wilkendorf Hucke
    August Valentine Hucke and wife Bertha Wilkendorf Hucke

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    1. [S22] Obituary - Various.

      There is a large number of prominent citizens in this vast state who have reached their present progressive environment by overcoming obstacles which would appear appalling to some, and by putting forth their utmost effort to solve the vital problem of eking out an existence and building up an enterprising business out of the uncultivated country which they found here. It is interesting to note that many of these were natives of Germany, among them being August Valentine Hucke, whose birth occurred there August 9, 1861.

      Upon his arrival in California Mr. Hucke secured a situation upon a farm at $25 per month, but some time later decided to start for himself, and rented a tract of four hundred and eighty acres, assuming thereby an indebtedness of $2500. Misfortune, however, accompanied him in these efforts, his later lease of two hundred acres also proving a poor investment. Undaunted, determined to rise above his defeat, he remained in the community, bending every effort toward the liquidation of his obligations, his quiet courage calling forth the admiration of his associates. Throughout the succeeding years, during which period he resided near Dunnigan, he succeeded not only in clearing his debts, but, also in educating his brothers, his victory having but added to the stability of his character. He took a three-year lease upon a tract of four hundred and eighty acres some time ago, which he devoted to general farming and pasture land, and he gives a great deal of attention to the raising of stock.

      Mr. Hucke is the owner of twenty-four horses and mules, and has several fine colts, among them a span of twins, brothers, whose sire has distinguished himself as a pacer in several important races, his time having been two minutes and nine seconds. Both colts are broken to drive single or double and are fine travelers. Mr. Hucke has one hundred and twenty-five sheep, several cows and about seventy turkeys, all well kept and in fine condition. He has a small plot planted to grapes, which are now in bearing.

      In 1898 Mr. Hucke was united in marriage with Miss Bertha Willkendorf, a native of California, their union being blessed with three children, as follows: August, Martha Elisabeth and Bertha. The youngest child died in infancy, and the two eldest are students in the public school.

      A stanch Democrat, having at all times supported his party to the best of his ability, Mr. Hucke is a citizen of highest worth, and as an advocate of Free Thought religiously, maintains a deep interest in matters relating to the betterment of social conditions.

      Transcribed by Bea Barton
      Source: "History of Yolo County, California" by Tom Gregory. Published by the Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1913, pages 359 - 360.


      August V. Hucke, one of Yolo county's best known farmers and highly regarded citizens, has led a busy and industrious life and though at times he has met with reverses, his persistence and determination ultimately have been rewarded by worthy success and today he is numbered among the solid and substantial farmers of the valley. Mr. Hucke was born in Germany, on the 9th of August, 1861, and was reared on his father's farm, acquiring his education in the public schools of his home neighborhood.

      In 1884, when twenty-two years of age, in company with a boy friend, he emigrated to the United States to seek his fortune. He came direct to Yolo county, California, arriving here with a cash capital of less than fifty dollars. He secured work on John Richie's ranch at a wage of twenty-five dollars a month, and from that time to the present has been engaged in farming, always doing his best to improve his condition. At one time he rented four hundred and eighty acres of land, in connection with which he assumed an indebtedness of two thousand five hundred dollars. However, in this venture misfortune overtook him and for a while things looked very discouraging but he refused to admit defeat, persevered in his efforts and by the most rigid economy and the hardest kind of work, eventually cleared off his obligation. He has rented farm land in various sections of Yolo county and is probably one of the best known farmers in the county. He has farmed in the Dunigan district, in Capay valley, and the Winters, Madison and Plainfield districts. About twelve years ago he bought his present ranch of two hundred and forty acres, in the Yolo district, which he has developed to a high state of improvement and production, it being one of the best cultivated farms in this locality. He has modern farm implements and machinery, including a grain harvester, and follows progressive methods in agriculture. Formerly he gave much attention to raising wheat, but now his main crop is barley. His ranch is well supplied with horses, sheep and hogs. In his early days here he gave special attention to raising horses, and had a span of twin brothers, whose sire was distinguished as a pacer, having won several important races. Both of the colts were broken to drive single or double.

      In 1898 Mr. Hucke was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Wilkendorf, who was born in Yolo county and is a member of one of its pioneer families. They became the parents of two children, August, who assists his father on the home place, and Martha Elizabeth, who married Paul S. Schuder, a farmer near Woodland, and has one son, Donald Allen. Mr. Hucke has always been interested in local public affairs, but has never aspired to office, content to act the part of a private citizen. He has been an exemplar of true manhood and loyal citizenship and no resident of his community is held in higher esteem than he, for he has consistently stood for those things which have contributed to the public welfare.

      Transcribed by Craig Hahn.

      Source: Wooldridge, J.W. Major History of the Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 pgs. 24-25. The Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

      Great Register #752 page16 Dunnigan
      Farmer, 35 years of age, 5'7" tall, Dark complexion, Grey eyes, Brown hair Naturalized June 10, 1889, Yolo Co, CA , Registered June 5, 1896