GEORGE W. STURM
For five years Orland has benefited by the progressive administration of George W. Sturm, its popular mayor, who has manifested rare qualities as a public official and is also a substantial business man of high standing. A native of Illinois, he was born August 7, 1877, and is a son of John and Lena Sturm, who came to California in 1892, settling near Porterville in Tulare County, where the father engaged in farming for a number of years. At the time of his retirement he established his home in Berkeley, there residing until his death in 1905, and twelve years later his widow passed away in that city.
In the acquirement of an education George W. Sturm attended the grammar and high schools of Illinois and then sought the opportunities of the west. For a number of years he lived in North Dakota and still has land in that state. Coming to California in 1910, he first located in Berkeley, where he spent four years, and in 1914 opened a real estate office in Orland. Here he has since engaged in business under the style of Sturm Brothers. They specialize in agricultural properties, owning two thousand acres of valuable land. Some is used for dry farming, yield large crops of barley, wheat and other grains, while a forty-acre tract near Orland contains a fine orange grove, and all of their holdings are in this district, ranging from one to eight miles from Orland. Their business is methodically and wisely managed and brings to them gratifying financial returns. In 1910, Mr. Sturm was married to Miss Annette Peck, a daughter of Alphonso and Sophia (Chatterdon) Peck, of Minnesota. The children of this marriage are Wayne and Neal, high school pupils. Mr. Sturm is identified with various Masonic bodies of Orland and with Ben Ali Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Sacramento. He also has fraternal relations with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. Fishing affords him recreation and he also enjoys the sport of hunting. In politics he is an independent republican and since 1925 has been mayor of Orland, his retention in the office indicating his qualifications therefor and appreciation of his services on the part of his fellow townsmen. He has instituted needed reforms and improvements, working at all times for the best interests of the community, and is broad in his views, progressive in his standards and high in his ideals,--a man whom to know is to esteem and respect.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.