Henry H. Fassett, who is residing on a ranch on the Cosumne river, near Live Oak, in Sacramento county, California, is a self-made man, whose prosperity in the business world has come to him entirely through his own labor and carefully directed effort. He has resided at his present place of residence only since 1900, but has been a resident of California since 1857, and therefore events which to many are matters of history, are to him matters of personal knowledge and experience. As one of the early settlers he certainly deserves mention in this volume.

Mr. Fassett is a native of Licking county, Ohio, his birth having there occurred on the 11th of December, 1836. He was a son of Truman N. and Lydia (Hillyer) Fassett. The father came to California in 1852, by way of the Nicarague route and was a resident of Sacramento county for many years. He was engaged in mining gold for a brief period on the American river but during the greater part of his residence in Sacramento county he devoted his energies to agricultural pursuits. He took an interested and active part in the work of early development here and aided in reclaiming the wild land for the uses of civilization. He died in 1882 and the county thus lost one of its worthy pioneer residents.

Henry H. Fassett spent the first twenty years of his life in the state of his nativity, and during that period acquired a good English education in the public schools. It was in 1856 that he came to California with his mother and the others membes of the family, to join the husband and father, who four years before had come to the Pacific coast. They journeyed by way of the isthmus route and came direct to Sacramento county, where Henry H. Fassett has since remained the greater part of the time. The work of farming has largely occupied his time and attention and his present valuable ranch is an evidence of his life of thirft, industry and careful management. He located thereon in 1900, having here four hundred and twenty acres of rich land, which, devoted to general agricultural pursuits, and operated along progressive lines, is yielding to him a good financial return. After coming to this county he resided for a number of years on the Freeport road, near Freeport, and he also spent several years in Sacramento, where he was employed as a clerk by the Grangers Co-operative Business Association of Sacramento county.

In December, 1884, Mr. Fassett was united in marriage to Mrs. Jennie Lee, of Sacramento county, who by her first marriage had two daughters: Annie L., the wife of lee M. Parker, of Sacramento county, and Alice L., of the same county.

Mr. Fassett exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican party, having long been an advocate of its principles, and while he has never sought or desired political office he has always been a public-spirited citizen, giving active and helpful co-operation to interests having for their object the substantial improvement of this part of the state. Mr. Fassett belongs to Sacramento Lodge No. 2, I. O. O. F., and also of Occidental Encampment No. 42, at Sacramento, and, in full sympathy with the object of the order, he exemplifies in his life its beneficient and helpful spirit. Almost a half century has passed since he arrived in California, and he has been a witness of its progress from a mining district to a great commonwealth, in which every industry, commercial enterprise and profession are represented, where all the evidences of an advanced civilization are seen, and where advantages, unsurpassed in any part of the country, are offered to its citizens.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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