JOSEPH BIXEL biography


The subject of this sketch was born in Germany on December 1, 1818. Here he was raised and educated.  He emigrated to the United States in 1849, settling it Cleve­land, Ohio. From this place he came to California via the Isthmus of Panama, landing in San Francisco in October 1851.  He came direct to this county, stopping at Jamestown, where he mined for gold during the Winter of ‘51-2.   The following Spring he went to Fresno, remaining there until the Fall of that that year, and then moved to Merced County, where he purchased a farm in 1853.  On February 8, 1856, he came to Columbia and bought an interest in the manufacture of beer.  The brewery above mentioned was built by A. Bixel, a brother of the subject of this sketch, in 1854, and was owned by him until 1856, when Joseph Bixel bought an interest, buying the remainder in 1869.  This brewery is located at the head of Matelot Gulch, and is a wood building 40x60 feet, one story high, the malt-room and kiln of brick, one story and basement, 20-80 feet; the fermatation cellar is 20x60 feet, hewn out of almost solid limestone; the floor faced with marble.  One large stable of wood, carriage-house and dwelling-house, also of wood, 30x40 feet, and one and a half stories high.  Mr. Bixel married Anna Maria Dirr.  She is a native of Germany.  Paul, Amelia, Louisa and Arthur are their children.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” Published by B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 317-318.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton