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Julia K Osvald (Korba)

Birthplace: Plzen, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Death: June 18, 1941 (77)
Stanislaus, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Matthais Korba and Mary Korba
Wife of Karel J Osvald
Mother of Albert Osvald; Elizabeth Ann Crow and Karel Budd Osvald
Sister of Mary Rosepal; Anna Klicka and John W Korba

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About Julia K Osvald


MRS. JULIA K. OSVALD.—An excellent illustration of what a woman may accomplish in California ranching is afforded by Mrs. Julia K. Osvald, of Hickman, the talented wife of K. J. Osvald, with whom she owns eighty-two acres of excellent land in the Hickman precinct. She was born near Plzen, Bohemia, on April 10, 1864, the daughter of Matthias Korba, a Bohemian, who was coachman for Prince Vaza in Vienna until he was thirty years of age, and married in that country Miss Mary Kohout, also a Bohemian, with whom he came to America in May, 1873, bringing with them our subject.

They settled in Adams County, Wis., where Julia attended the public schools, a region then almost a wilderness. There were four children in the family. Mary, the eldest, married John Rosepal, a miller by trade, who owned a large ranch and a flour mill in Bohemia. They continued to reside there until 1881, when they came out to America and resided in Adams County. She is now living at the age of eighty-two years. Anna, the second in the order of birth, became the wife of Martin Klicka, and they later came to America, settled in Chicago, and she died there.

John W. Korba, the only son, grew up to be a farmer in Adams County, Wis., where he owns 300 acres; and Julia is the subject of our sketch.

On August 5. 1883, Miss Julia Korba was married at Friendship, in Adams County, to Karel J. Osvald, who was born at Kolines, Bohemia, on November 4, 1857, and there learned the shoemaker's trade. When he was twenty-four years old he migrated to America and for several years worked in a shoe factory at Pittsburgh; after which he migrated West to Adams County, Wis., and liking the looks of things at Friendship, he settled there, some 150 miles northwest of Milwaukee. Mrs. Osvald owned 160 acres, a portion of the old Korba farm and after their marriage they operated it till 1889, when they said good-bye to surroundings familiar, and came out to California, arriving in Merced, December 10, 1889, and there they worked for Mr. Wm. Sell, the two receiving for their ranch labor twenty dollars per month after a while Mr. Osvald started a shoe store in Merced, which he conducted successfully for two years. Waterford then began to appeal to their interest, the new railway, the branch of the Southern Pacific, pushing its way at that time through the town ; and as they had ambitions to own something for themselves, they bought several lots in Waterford, and soon erected a store building in Front Street, where Mr. Osvald managed a store, while Mrs. Osvald was owner of a high-class rooming house.

In November, 1907, Mr. and Mrs. Osvald bought eighty-three acres of land in the Hickman precinct, where they built a house for their own residence, a barn and a tenant's house, and they undertook to maintain a dairy of sixty-four cows. It proved to be hard work' and overwork for Mrs. Osvald, who milked the cows and otherwise helped about the place, while she attended to her household duties; and so in 1917 they leased a ranch of 100 acres four miles east of Empire, belonging to Peter Anton Osvald, their brother-in-law, taking a four years' lease, which expires this coming November. Then they will return to their own farm near Hickman. This Hickman ranch of eighty-two and a half acres contains an excellent family orchard, and they

have planted twenty acres to vineyard of Malaga and Thompson seedless grapes, forming, indeed, a good home farm. Mr. and Mrs. Osvald are members of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, and are also active members of the Hickman and Waterford Farm Center—one of the best in Stanislaus County.

Mr. and Mrs. Osvald have had six children, but three of them died in infancy. Albert married Miss Clara Wood of Modesto, and is the proprietor of the Osvald Hardware Company of Modesto, which has a large store on Tenth Street. Elizabeth married R. B. Crow, the bonanza grain grower of Hughson precinct, and they have had two children—Elizabeth and Laura May. Carl Budd, who was born on ex-Governor Budd's inauguration day, enlisted in the Great War as a member of the Twenty-first Engineers, and served in France; he returned home, safe and sound, in the fall of 1919, when he was honorably discharged. He is now employed on the Don Pedro dam, as a machinist.

A man of pronounced ability, when given a chance to show it, and of genial, winning personality, Mr. Osvald is fortunate in having as a life companion one whose exceptional qualifications have enabled her to determine the fortunate trend of affairs for the family. She is an active and agreeable woman, with clear intellect, demonstrated business ability and real force of character; and it is not surprising to learn that she is a good housekeeper and an excellent manager. The hard working couple never made more than a bare living while she had the rooming house and Mr. Osvald had the store and shoe shop at Waterford; and when the 3,000 acres of the A. Coggswell tract were subdivided for the market, she borrowed money, through Banker Stoddard of Modesto, worked day and night at milking and other hard farm labor, and now they have a farm paid for and nicely improved. Mrs. Osvald, as may be imagined, is of unusual strength, both of body and mind, and it is little wonder that -with her energy and strength of character she has aided her husband to make a success. All in all, Mr. and Mrs. Osvald have "made good" in various ways, an exceptional share of credit, in this instance, being due the ever-faithful and plucky, hard-working wife.

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Julia K Osvald's Timeline

April 10, 1864
Plzen, Bohemia, Czech Republic
April 26, 1884
Age 20
Wisconsin, United States
April 28, 1886
Age 22
Wisconsin, United States
January 7, 1894
Age 29
California, United States
June 18, 1941
Age 77
Stanislaus, California, United States