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Marin Journal
Thursday, March 6, 1924
Page 1

Esteemed Pioneer Goes to Long Rest

In the passing of Hans Guldager at Petaluma last week, and interment at Tomales last Sunday attended by the country side folk, closes the active chapter of another of Marinís earliest pioneers. But the monument of his lifeís reputation in that community will always remain as a heritage of Tomalesí history.

His choice of California as a home is typical of so many of its pioneers. He was born in Hendersleben, Prussia, in 1833, and shipped before the mast from Hamburg at 16 years of age.

Four years later his vessel called at San Francisco, where he remained and for another year on vessels making coast ports only. The next five years, his employment with a surveying party, enabled him to see some of the most valuable of Central California lands. In 1860 he settled at Bloomfield, Sonoma county, and with his brother Louis, followed the blacksmithing trade. In 1863 he married Caroline Zimmerman and in 1869 directed dairying activities of the Zimmerman ranch; and in 1872 purchased and built up the present Guldager holdings. His widow survives him. A son, George, has an important Market Street railroad position; another, Louis, is a Tomales rancher, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary Caldwell, resides in Oakland.

The heritage of esteem and respect of the country side for the late Mr. Guldager will in these days of sorrow be the best comfort to the widow, the children and many grandchildren.

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