Although among the smaller nations of the world, there is no country which has more reason to be proud of her sons that has Switzerland. Not only celebrated for their valor, they have become leaders in many lines of industrial activity, and they are everywhere known as reliable citizens, and industrious, energetic business men. To this class belongs Joseph Saner, who is now engaged in the operation of two thousand acres of lands in the southern portion of Sacramento county, of which he owns seven hundred acres. Here he is engaged in general agricultural pursuits, in dairying and in the manufacture of cheese, and conducts his business in its various branches with such care and energy that a high measure of success has crowned his efforts.

Mr. Saner was born in Switzerland, in March, 1860, and was a son of Jacob Saner, also a native of that country. In his native land he was reared to manhood, and he started out in life on his own account without assistance of a pecuniary character. He has been a resident of California since the spring of 1883, and since that time has resided almost continuously in Sacramento county. For four years he was employed in a dairy owned by the firm of Meister & Weiss just north of Sacramento, and subsequently he came to the southern portion of the county, where for nearly five years he followed dairying on what is known as the Harvey ranch, in the vicinity of Galt. He then took up his abode on the S. C. McClaughrey ranch, also near Galt, where he has since remained, and here he has charge of two thousand acres of land, seven hundred acres of which is his individual property. Here he is extensively engaged in farming and in the manufacture of cheese. The Galt Creamery is also owned by him and is now upon a paying basis, the excellence of the product insuring a ready and profitable sale on the market. As a manufacturer of cheese he is likewise doing a paying business, and all branches of his agricultural interests are capbly managed along modern business lines and in keeping with the most improved methods.

Mr. Saner was married, on the 9th of February, 1888, to Miss Mary Bisig, a native of Switzerland, and to them have been born eight children: Freda, Millie, Joseph, Robert, Lillie, Harry, William and Mary Evelyn. The parents have many warm friends in their part of the county and many of the best homes of the locality extend to them cordial hospitality. Mr. Saner votes with the Republican party, the principles of which he has heartily endorsed since becoming an American citizen. Local progress and national advancement are both causes dear to his heart, and he gives helpful aid to all matters that he believes will benefit his locality. He is now serving his third term as a member of the Galt school district, and the cause of education finds in him a warm friend. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias lodge at Galt and is also a member of the Roman Catholic church. Should Switzerland send to California more men as Mr. Saner they will be welcomed as a valued addition to her citizenship.

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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