Am not related but may be of interest as surname seems to be somewhat unique. The article is of more than passing interest to me because the type of business and its location correlates with the operation that a couple of distant relatives of mine were involved in in the late 1800's. Surnames involved are BRANDT and BACHMAN. You can get see my input at Rootsweb World Connect DB "greengiant-2".
If this is the same operation, the buildings still exist and are use for various social functions and meetings and are designated a historic site.
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Transcribed by Dee Sardoch
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>Wednesday, 2 Aug 1871<<
A NEW ENTERPRISE -- Messrs. MEINE & RAAB, late residents of this city, have built a chicory factory on the San Joaquin river about 10 miles from Stockton, and will, it is expected, have the work completed and the machinery in running order by the latter end of the present week or the beginning of the next. The factory consists of a suitable building, steam engine, roasters, etc., and all the machinery and apparatus necessary for the reduction of chicory to a powder resembling ground coffee.
There is quite a populous German settlement in the neighborhood of the factory, and they propose to cultivate chicory quite extensively. It is estimated that the land in that locality will yield as much as 150 tons to the acre of that product. Mr. MEINE, who is a practical manufacturer of chicory and has had much experience in the business, is confident that a profitable market will be found in the East as well as in the Pacific States and Territories for the product of his mill; and he likewise believes that the suitable character of the soil and climate for the growth of chicory and the certainty of abundant crops, will enable him to manufacture enough of the article to supply a very large demand.
It is well known that chicory is used as a substitute for coffee, and likewise extensively employed in the adulteration of the latter article. This is a new enterprise in San Joaquin, and one which we believe will prove financially advantageous to those by whom it is undertaken.
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