George Husmann

George Husmann

Birth
Germany
Death 5 Nov 1902 (aged 75)
Napa, Napa County, California, USA
Burial Napa, Napa County, California, USA
Plot Husmann-Manwaring plot
Memorial ID 56375652 · View Source
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Viticulturist George Husmann immigrated with his parents and sister in 1837. The family settled in Hermann, MO, where his father began to experiment in grape growing and wine making. With the education he received in the Fatherland and in Hermann, George continued in his father's profession and became a renowned scientist, writer and educator, and is known as the "Father of the Missouri Grape Industry." Responding to the call of the Gold Rush fever, a young George Husmann was a miner in Tuolumne, CA, in 1850, but family responsibilities called him home to MO by 1854. He married Louisa Caroline Kielmann in Gasconade County, MO, 13 Jul 1854. By 1858, Husmann was joined by Charles Manwaring of Geneva, NY, to form Hermann Nurseries, which by 1860 was one of the largest, most profitable businesses in Gasconade County. Both Husmann and Manwaring joined the Union Army during the Civil War. Charles Manwaring was killed by Confederates in 1864, when he returned to Hermann to visit his wife and son. Mr. Manwaring's wife, Amelia (Kielmann) Manwaring (1843-1915) and his son, Charles W. Manwaring (1864-1898) were interred in the Husmann plot of Tulocay Cemetery.
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"Oak Glenn Winery: Home of George Husmann"

Once called "Schau-ins-land" (look into the country) because of its spectacular view, OakGlenn Winery stands on a site once owned by internationally renowned horticulturist George Husmann, a founding father of the American wine industry.
George Husmann was born on November 4, 1827, in Meyenburg, a village near the North Sea in the Kingdom of Hanover. He immigrated with his family in 1837 to the United States, first to Pennsylvania and then further west to Missouri. While still in Germany, Husmann's father had bought shares in the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia, which had been established to found a colony in the "Far West" where German immigrants could preserve their language and culture.
Finding the land too steep and rocky to farm, Hermann settlers began to experiment with grape culture. George Husmann planted his first vineyard on his father's farm in 1847. Although largely self-educated, he went on to become a renowned scientist, writer and educator.
After a trip to California during the Gold Rush, Husmann returned to Hermann and developed a model fruit farm. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war, as a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention, he drafted "An Ordinance Abolishing Slavery in Missouri," the first to be enacted in the United States.
His first book, The Cultivation of Native Grapes and Manufacture of American Wine, was published in 1866, and in 1869 he established The American Grape Grower, the only journal of its kind in the United States at the time.
Husmann was appointed to the University of Missouri Board of Curators in 1870 and continued to work with grape growers. During the 1870s he and others shipped millions of grape cuttings to France, Germany and other European countries devastated by a deadly phylloxera infestation. Today two monuments stand in Montpelier, France, honoring Missouri grape growers for saving the French wine industry.
As the first Professor of Pomology and Superintendent of Forestry at the University of Missouri, he established a nursery, orchards, and vineyards where his son and two daughters studied agriculture and horticulture. In 1881 he accepted a position in California, where he helped develop that state's grape and wine industry.
George Husmann died on November 5, 1902, the day after his 75th birthday.
Biography is courtesy of OakGlenn Winery, Hermann, MO: http://www.oakglenn.com/pages/history.htm



Inscription

GEORGE HUSMANN
PIONEER PROMOTER OF
AMERICAN VITICULTURE
NOV 4, 1827
NOV. 3, 1902
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AND HIS BELOVED WIFE
LOUISE C. KIELMANN
OCT 19, 1835
SEPT, 29, 1918
HUSMANN


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  • Created by: Jane Denny
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56375652
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Husmann (4 Nov 1827–5 Nov 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56375652, citing Tulocay Cemetery, Napa, Napa County, California, USA ; Maintained by Jane Denny (contributor 46932556) .