John Klindera

The popular citizen mentioned above, the second of the name to be known and honored in Tulare county, was born in Visalia in 1873, and is a son of John Klindera, Sr., and his wife, Annie. His father was born in Bohemia in 1843, made his way eventually to Chicago, and from there came by way of New York around the Horn to California in 1865. He remained in San Francisco until in 1867, and then took up his residence in Visalia, where he be­came an accountant in the mercantile establishment of R. E. Hyde Co. Later he went into sheep raising, three miles west of- Tulare, where, in 1878, lie was killed by a falling tree. He left four children, viz.: Robert is a railroad man and lives at Montalvo, Cal.; G. W. lives in Fresno ; Lillie is the wife of Ed Tribau, and John, Jr. The mother of these children still survives.

John Klindera, Jr., lived three miles west of Tulare until he was six years old, then moved to Tipton, where he was reared and educated. With his brothers, he went into the sheep business with sheep which they brought from the home place, and soon bought one hundred and sixty acres of land, their mother three hundred and twenty acres and one of the brothers two hundred and forty acres. They erected brick buildings on this property, improved it otherwise, and eventually sold it. Meanwhile, in 1884, they disposed of their sheep and after that they raised grain on their land until 1905. Then John engaged in dairying and stock-raising on four hundred and eighty acres of the Crowley ranch, near Tipton, on which he also grew grain. In 1909 he rented six hundred and forty acres of the Dresser ranch, of which sixty acres is in alfalfa. He milks thirty cows and raises horses, cattle and hogs, considerable of his acreage being devoted to pasture.

In 1898 Mr. Klindera married Miss Ethel Thomas and they have a son, Martie Klindera, named in honor of. his grandfather, Martie Thomas, who was a pioneer in Tulare county and in California. Mr. Klindera owns and rents out a dairy ranch of forty acres on the Hanford road, a mile and a half west of Tulare. He is a stock­holder in the Tipton Co-operative Creamery company and the cream from his place is marketed with that concern. He affiliates with the Tipton organization of the Woodmen of the World and as a citizen is public-spiritedly helpful to all important interests of the com­munity.

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