Justus H. Gading


Justus H. Gading

Bremen, Stadtgemeinde Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Death 9 May 1897 (aged 62)
Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Hayward, Alameda County, California, USA
Memorial ID 30406053 View Source
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Birth Year <1835>
Birthplace BREMEN
Age 45
Occupation Farmer
Marital Status M
Race W
Head of Household Justus GADING
Relation Self
Father's Birthplace BREMEN
Mother's Birthplace BREMEN

(This information was extracted from the Census recorded in Eden, Alameda County, California and was available from the Family Search Library).
One of the most interesting phases of local history is that which embraces the records of the pioneers, those hardy and courageous souls through whose persevering efforts and sacrifices the foundations were laid for the substantial prosperity of the present day. Among the honored early settlers of central Alameda county was the late Justus H. Gading, who did his full part in the development of his section of the county, realized a splendid measure of success as a reward for his labors, and, having finished his life work, passed to his reward many years ago.

Mr. Gading was born in Bremen, Wurttemberg, Germany, on the 1st day of January, 1835, and was a son of Christopher and Johanna (Rugen) Gading, both of whom were born and reared in that locality. His father was a cooper by trade and on emigrating to the United States with his family he located in San Francisco, after a long and tiresome voyage around Cape Horn in a sailing vessel. From San Francisco they came to Mt. Eden, Alameda county, and bought a home, in which he and his wife spent their remaining days.

Justus H. Gading came to the United States when about twenty-one years of age, having secured his educational training in the schools of Germany. He went to the gold fields of northern California, but later located at San Lorenzo, this county, where he engaged in farming for awhile. Eventually he came to Mt. Eden and bought two hundred acres of land, most of which was wild and unimproved, and here he established his permanent home. At that time there were no fences in this part of the country, the livestock roaming at will over the land, and Mr. Gading was among the first of those who made substantial improvements on their property in this locality. As he prospered, he bought adjoining land, including the Meyer and the Arff ranch, amounting to four hundred acres. In more recent years a portion of the ranch has been subdivided and sold off and now a number of houses have been erected on the old farm. Mr. Gading applied himself closely to the cultivation of the farm and, with the exception of two trips to Germany, spent his remaining years here.

In 1863 Mr. Gading was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Forste, who was born in Oldenburg, Germany, and was a daughter of Frederick and Ann (Semke) Forste. She was educated in the public schools of her native land and came to this country with friends, settling in San Francisco, where her marriage to Mr. Gading occurred. To them were born three children. William is engaged in farming on a ranch adjoining the old home place. Amelia, who was educated in Germany in 1900 became the wife of William Zudreele, a native of Germany, who came to this country when eighteen years of age and first located in New York, where he completed his education. Later he engaged in a mercantile business on Broadway, New York city, in which he was eminently successful, and is now retired from active business pursuits, devoting his attention to the management of the estate. Mr. and Mrs. Zudreele are the parents of two children, Grace and Amelia. Justus Gading the youngest of the children, died June 28, 1909.

Mr. Gading gave his political support to the republican party and always took a keen interest in everything pertaining to the welfare and progress of his community, having rendered effective service as a member of the board of school trustees. He was an earnest member of the Luthern church, to which he gave generous support. His death occurred on the home place in 1897, at the age of sixty-two years, and he was survived many years by his widow, who passed away in 1925, at the age of eighty-two years, beloved by all who knew her.

Mrs. Amelia Zudreele manages the old home ranch and resides in the third house which was built on the place, it having been erected by her mother. Several of the original buildings are still standing, some of them being over sixty years old and in a fair state of preservation. Mrs. Zudreele spent twenty-five years in New York and the remainder of her life in California. She enjoys a wide acquaintance and is an extremely popular member of her social circles. Her father’s memory is honored by all who knew him, for he was a man of splendid character and strong personal traits, no resident of this section of the county standing higher in public esteem than he.

- History Of Alameda County California, Vol. II; The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1928



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