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      Paul John Winter, who has followed ranching for many years on the old Winter homestead near Ione, belongs to one of Amador County’s old pioneer families, the members of which have done their full part in the development of this section of the valley.  Mr. Winter was born on the ranch which he now occupies, September 26, 1882, and is a son of Andrew and Elesa (Mahnke) Winter.  The paternal grandparents, with their five sons and three daughters, crossed the Atlantic from Germany, and continued their way westward, by way of the Isthmus of Panama, to California.  After looking over the country, the grandfather came to Ione and bought five parcels of land, known as the Dorst place, which he developed into a well improved and productive farm, and living there on until his death.  Andrew, one of his five sons, lived on the old place, which he operated until he retired from active business, when he went to Sacramento, and there died in 1920, at the age of seventy-six years.  His wife, who was a native of Hamburg, Germany, died in 1925.  Of their six children, five are living.

      Paul J. Winter received his early education in the local public schools, and after completing the high school course he entered Stanford University, but completed his education in the University of Illinois, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1910.  He then returned to the home ranch, of which he took active charge, his father retiring at that time.  He has since carried on general farming, dairying and fruit raising with marked success.  He is methodical and enterprising in his methods, thereby achieving very gratifying results, and is numbered among the substantial farmers and public-spirited citizen of this locality. Mr. Winter was united in marriage to Miss Nina Cook, of Illinois, and they are the parents of a son, Myron, who is a student in high school and assists his father during his spare time.  The Democratic Party receives Mr. Winter’s support and he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Native Sons of the Golden West.  He has ably sustained the prestige of the family, which located in this section of the country before the coming of the railroads—in fact, the Winter’s home became the boarding house for the railroad construction crew of the first line that entered the county.  He is widely acquainted and is highly respected by all who know him.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 441-442. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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