F. J. HESSE.
In the death of F. J. Hesse, which occurred on January 27, 1916, there passed away one of the most beloved and
appreciated men who has ever honored Tulare county with his citizenship - loved because of the kindly relations
which always existed between him and all with whom he came into contact; and appreciated because of his sterling
integrity, marked business ability and strength of character. Although modest and unassuming and always easily
approached, he had a sturdy and vigorous personality and in the best sense of the term was a leader of men, exerting
a large influence in the civic life of his community. F. J. Hesse was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the
26th day of January, 1852. His father, William Hesse, was a physician by profession and eventually moved with his
family to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and, still later to Emporia, Kansas, where in the early '70s he homesteaded land,
being one of the pioneers of that locality.
F. J. Hesse acquired his education in the public schools and his early years were spent on the farm. In 1882 he
was married and two years later he came to California. A year was spent in traveling along the coast and another
year in Santa Rosa. In 1886 he came to Tulare county and entered a homestead six miles west of Tipton. He was successful
in his farming operations and from time to time invested in additional land until at the time of his death he was
the owner of five thousand acres of splendid land and was numbered among Tulare's biggest ranchers and cattlemen.
In addition to diversified farming he gave considerable attention to dairying, for which he installed the best
equipment obtainable. His farms all contained good houses, barns, shade trees and ornamental shrubbery was planted
where it would be the most effective. Mr. Hesse was a lover of the beautiful in nature and to him one of its best
expressions was in the form of trees and shrubbery. The school grounds in his community were benefited by his generosity
along this line and are now silent witnesses to his kindliness and thoughtfulness.
Personally Mr. Hesse's life was beautifully epitomized by a lifelong friend in the following words: "A devoted
husband and father, loved by all who knew him, a successful man of affairs, of spotless integrity, a clear headed
optimist, an ideal gentleman and citizen." His career was rounded in its beautiful simplicity, for he did
his full duty in all the relations of life, and it is safe to say that no man in the community in which he lived
enjoyed to a greater extent the affection and confidence of the people than did Mr. Hesse.
On August 1, 1882, Mr. Hesse was married to Miss Catharine Bamesberger of Marshall, Illinois, and they became the
parents of four children, namely: William, who died of the flu in 1918, at the age of thirty four years, just as
he was about to join the army; Lena, who is the wife of Dr. Roy N. Fuller of Tulare; Frank J., who assists in the
operation of the ranch, but who resides at No. 880 Sycamore street, Tulare, and Russell E. S., who is unmarried
and resides at home with his mother. The family has resided since leaving the ranch in 1911, at No. 105 H street,
Tulare, their home being one of the most commodious and attractive in the city.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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