John Meussdorffer was born in Bavaria on April 9, 1823. He came from a family which had been making hats for several generations.
He came to the Unted States in 1847 and California in 1849. He opened a hat business in San Francisco. The J. C. Meussdorffer
Hat Manufacturing Company came to have branches in Sacramento, Marysville and Portland. Meussdorffer took his sons into partnership