Biography of Louis Schorn

Louis Schorn President of the Olive Milling Company, was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1839, came to the United States in 1856, and engaged as clerk for a dry-goods merchant in Alabama until 1861, when he returned to the old country to visit his parents. In 1864 he again sought “the land of the free.” After clerking three years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he spent one year in Kansas, and then until 1882 he was successfully engaged in the grocery and milling business in Texas.

Then he came to California and purchased forty acres of land northwest of Anaheim, where he now lives, and where he devotes his attention to fruits and vines, and is very successful both in horticulture and in the manufacture of wines and brandies. He has since bought 160 acres of highly improved land a half mile southwest of the Southern Pacific depot in Anaheim, devoted principally to oranges and deciduous fruits.
In 1887 the Olive Milling and Land Improvement Company was organized, with a paid up capital of $50,000. Those forming the company were Mr. Schorn, Thomas Dillon, C. Culvert and Washington Martin. For four years prior to this organization Mr. Schorn and Mr. Dillon had been carrying on the milling business successfully. In the fall of 1889 the mill was totally destroyed by fire; but through the energy and enterprising spirit of these men it has been rebuilt and is now in full running order, doing a business of over $2,500 per month. The intention of the company is to have a town at Olive, and with the railroad facilities now promised and the beauty of the location they have flattering prospects of success.

Politically Mr. Schorn is identified with the Democratic party, and though only recently a citizen of this place he has made a host of friends not only in his own party but in all the others. At present he is also president of the Anaheim Union Water Company.

He was married June 26, 1880, to Miss Minnie Stely, who died in 1885. They had two daughters.



The Lewis Publishing Company. An Illustrated History of Southern California embracing the counties of San Diego San Bernardino Los Angeles and Orange and the peninsula of lower California. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois. 1890.

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