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Biographical Sketch of Sebastian Lombardi

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Successful dairyman, farmer and cattleman. Thus in a few words we can outline the interesting career in San Mateo county of Sebastian Lombardi. Nevertheless success did not come without effort and a hard struggle. When Mr. Lombardi first came to San Francisco to go into the dairying business he was without money, but he soon had established a paying business. With the capital he realized in his San Francisco venture he again entered the dairying business in San Bruno upon a larger scale in 1900. He rented a place here in the beginning. Today he owns this place together with other property in San Bruno, San Francisco and Stanislaus County. Mr. Lombardi was born on Dec. 8, 1866 in Switzerland. He has been living in California since 1890 and has been a resident of San Mateo County for the last fifteen years. He was married in San Francisco on February 15, 1902. Before leaving San Francisco for San Mateo county, Mr. Lombardi took a thorough course education In the night schools of that city to fit himself for the responsibilities he knew would in time be thrown upon his shoulders, as well as to prepare himself to earn more money. In recognition of his ability and of his sterling integrity he was appointed postmaster of San...

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Biography of Bethina Angelina Owens-Adair

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now MRS. DR. OWENS-ADAIR. – Berthina Angelina, the second daughter of Thomas and Sarah Owens, was born February 7,1840, in Van Buren county, Missouri. She saw her fourth birthday in her father’s Western home on Clatsop Plains, Clatsop county, Oregon, her parents having made the then dangerous and tedious journey across the then dangerous and tedious journey across the plains with ox-teams in the summer and fall of 1843. At this time Berthina was a small child, delicate in stature for her age, and having a highly nervous and sensitive nature, but with a strong, vigorous constitution, thus early showing a good physical foundation for great perseverance and endurance. The country reached by her parents was new to them, and virtually unoccupied, save by Indians. It was a wilderness unbroken by the means and appliances of our civilization, with no visible evidence of its immediate settlement and development. If it were a nice thing to do for these elder people to leave their old established homes, social relations and open markets, thousands of miles away, and come into this new land, from which they could not return, their experience at the end of the journey taught them that they had retraced their steps in their lives to what appeared to be a childish adventure, and to a...

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How Various Tribes Were Blended Together to Form the Swiss Nation*

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now “East Switzerland was never so thoroughly recognized and subdued as the western part. Hence, when the Teutonic or German tribes succeeded at last in settling in the country, the power of Rome died out, the Allemanni in the north­east entirely absorbed the Celts who lived there, and who had but little power of resistance, and planted a true German people with their own laws, language, manners ‘and customs. With the Burdundians, also a German tribe, who settled in the south­west, it was different. While they brought fresh vigor into the country, they were influenced in turn by the Romanized Celts, and were gradually blended with the early settlers, thus forming a new people, the foundation of whose speech was Latin. This was the beginning of the German speech and a Latin speech, which developed into French, being spoken side by side in the little Central country. There is no Swiss language today. The larger eastern part still speaks German, like the country it borders on, and the smaller western part, touching France, speaks French. Where the southern part now runs down into Italy, the people speak Italian.” * This is from the Book of Knowledge, Vol. X, page 2962, pub­lished by the Grolier Society, London England. The Educa­tional Book...

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Biography of Joseph Lister

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now In a corner of the north transept of Westminster Abbey, almost lost among the colossal statues of our prime ministers, our judges, and our soldiers, will be found a small group of memorials preserving the illustrious names of Darwin, Lister, Stokes, Adams, and Watt, and reminding us of the great place which Science has taken in the progress of the last century. Watt, thanks partly to his successors, may be said to have changed the face of this earth more than any other inhabitant of our...

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Biography of Charles Zilly

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Charles Zilly. One of the men whose sterling character, energy and industry have given an enviable prominence to Champaign as a commercial and financial center of Illinois is Mr. Charles Zilly, of the firm of Zilly & McKinley, mortgage loans, and who has been a resident of Champaign since 1890. His home has been in Illinois for more than half a century, and he is a veteran of an Illinois regiment in the Civil War. Mr. Zilly is the example of a poor boy coming from a foreign land and eventually attaining and filling an honorable place in the business life of Champaign. He was born in Switzerland, February 11, 1842, a son of Frederick and Elizabeth Zilly. Both parents died during his early boyhood. After having had some of the advantages of the schools of Switzerland, Charles Zilly at the age of fourteen immigrated to America. He was practically alone when he came and for the first year and a half he lived with some relatives in the East. From there he came West to Illinois, and while earning his living in the summer by farm work he made up for his earlier deficiencies in the way of an education and especially for his lack of fluency in the English language by attending school in...

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Biography of John Brodbeck

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now One of the representative businessmen of Boise, Mr. Brodbeck, is a pioneer of Idaho, having come to this state in 1865. He is a native of Switzerland, where he was born April 4, 1833, and was reared and educated in his native land and there learned the brewing business. His parents were Nicholas and Elizabeth (Hagler) Brodbeck, the former of whom was a miller by trade, and he and his wife were members of the Lutheran church and were people of high respectability in the old country. He died in his fifty-third year and his wife survived him until attaining the advanced age of eighty-five years. They had five sons and two daughters, one of the latter and our subject being the only ones now living. After leaving school Mr. Brodbeck entered a commercial house, remaining there four years and then became connected with a brewing house. Subsequently he came to America, landing at New York, whence he journeyed to California in 1857 and settled at Scott Valley, where he had a brother living near Fort Jones. General Crook was then a second lieutenant at the fort and Mr. Brodbeck became intimately acquainted with him. Our subject was engaged in farming for a few years, but hearing of the silver discoveries in Nevada he sold out...

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Biography of Bishop William Budge

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Bishop Budge, of Paris, state senator representing Bear Lake County, Idaho, one of the most widely known and influential men in the state as a citizen and as a Republican, and a power for good through his administration of the affairs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in his stake and throughout Idaho, is a native of Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and a son of William and Mary (Scott) Budge, born May 1, 1828. His father was of Highland Scotch ancestry and was born in Edinburg. His mother came of the Scotts, of Douglas Castle, Scotland. They were of the highest respectability, of good social status and members of the Presbyterian Church. Bishop Budge’s father died in the sixty-third year of his life, and his mother at the age of forty-seven. They had eight children, of whom Senator Budge was the second born. He attended school in Scotland, but the education he gained in that way was so meager that he may truly be said to be a man selfeducated, as he is undoubtedly selfmade in the best and most creditable sense of the term. At twenty he was converted to the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and, almost immediately became one of its missionaries and labored...

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Biographical Sketch of Leonard Utzinger

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Utzinger, Leonard; born, Switzerland, Dec. 10, 1848; son of Leonard and Anna Weise Utzinger; educated in Switzerland; married, New York, Sept. 20, 1882, Anna Weise; issue, two children, Leonard and Pauline; two years in Swiss Guards; in 1864, started as florist apprentice, for Gabriel Drossel, in Switzerland; 1867, went to Basl, as florist for the Grand Duke of Baden; ‘nine months as head gardener; then to the employ of the King of Wurtenberg, Royal Gardens; then to Reublingen, as head gardener for Mr. Adolph Deitterlein; then came to New York in charge of private place for Henry Miarz; came to Cleveland, and was employed by Mr. Gordon for five years; then started business for himself in present location; designer and decorator; member Florist Club, Protected Home Circle, and Reformed...

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Biographical Sketch of John Paul Liechti

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Liechti, John Paul; accountant; born, Aaram, Switzerland, April 19, 1864; son of Leo and Carolyn Strebel Liechti; educated, Aaram, Switzerland, graded high school and preparatory college or university school; made rapid progress in studies and graduated at fourteen and a half years of age, from second year University school; married, Wheeling, West Virginia, Jan. 15, 1885, Julia M. Hullien; issue, one son and four daughters; mgr. W. H. Price, Superior Bldg.; member Knights of Columbus, Gilmour Council; taught self the art of engraving and knowledge of three modern...

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Biography of John Gottlieb Seewir

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John Gottlieb Seewir was one of Kansas’ pioneer physicians. He was prominent in the profession at Lawrence from the beginning of the Civil war until his death twenty years later, and his life was one of unceasing devotion to his profession and to the service to humanity which he rendered through it. Doctor Seewir was born in Switzerland, March 4, 1828, a son of John G. and Elizabeth Seewir. In 1838 the family immigrated to America. They came on a sailing vessel and the vessel took fire and burned for two days before it was extinguished. The family located at Camden, Oneida County, New York. A singular fact in the family history is that for five successive generations there was just one son who reached maturity, and each became a physician. John G., Sr., was a member of the medical profession and practiced at Camden, New York, and afterwards at Syracuse. The late John Gottlieb Seewir grew to manhood in New York State, and read medicine under his father. He afterwards returned to Switzerland and had the advantages of the best technical schools of that country. He attended the medical college at Berne. Coming back to the United States, he rejoined his father and was associated with him in practice for a number of years. Doctor...

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Hall, Zumbrunnen Bertha Annen – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Bertha Zumbrunnen Hall, 91, of Rt. 5, a long-time Kittitas Valley resident, died Monday at Royal Vista Care Center. Mrs. Hall, who was born in Switzerland on Nov. 15, 1892, came to the United States in 1912. On March 16 in that year, she and Victor Zumbrunnen were married on the ranch north of Ellensburg where she spent most of her life. Mr. Zumbrunnen died in January of 1935. In 1942, she married Evert Hall in Yuma, Ariz. They lived for a time in California, Friday Harbor and Aberdeen before returning to the original family ranch north of Ellensburg to live with her daughter, Bertha Morrison. Mrs. Hall, preceded in death by Mr. Hall who died in 1981, is survived by one son, Fred Zumbrunnen, of Ellensburg; two daughters, Bertha Morrison, of Ellensburg, and Rosa Covey, of Cle Elm; six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren. Bertha’s first husband was Victor Zumbrunnen. She married him March 16, 1912 in Ellensburg. Bertha died November 12, 1984. She is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Ellensburg. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Zumbrunnen, Victor – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Victor Zumbrunnen, well-known Kittitas valley farmer and stockman, died at his home in the Nanum district last night after a short illness. Born in Switzerland 55 years ago, Mr. Zumbrunnen has been a resident of this valley for the past 34 years, most of that time in the district, where he resided at the time of his death. Surviving are his widow, Bertha; a son, Fred J.; two daughters, Rose and Bertha; and his mother and a brother in Switzerland. Funeral services will be held at the Honeycutt chapel at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. Victor was born May 5, 1879 in Aigle, Switzerland. He died January 5, 1935. His full name was Joseph Victor Adrian Zumbrunnen. He wife was Bertha Annen. She, too, was born in Switzerland. Victor arrived in the USA in 1910 and sent for Bertha in 1912. They were married in Ellensburg on March 16, 1912. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biographical Sketch of Sutter, Edward

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Sutter, Edward a native of France, born February 6, 1858. Went to Locle, Switzerland, with his brother Emile, and learned the same trade, but Edward came to America in 1876 and located in Wooster, Ohio, remaining there a year. Then he came to Kirwin, Kan., where he engaged in the jewelry business, and thence he came to Russell. He is unmarried. Members of the Russell Lodge, A. O. U....

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Biographical Sketch of Sutter, Emile

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Sutter, Emile was born in France, October 1, 1855, learned the trade of watchmaker and jeweler in Locle, Switzerland, came to America in 1879, and located in Russell, Kan. Edward & Emile Sutter, dealers in musical instruments, watches, clocks and jewelry. They opened business in March of 1879, and carry a general stock of $600. He was married May 20, 1876, to Miss Laura Amanda Marchand, a native of Switzerland. They have three children Henry E., Lina and Jennie. Edward. Members of the Russell Lodge, A. O. U....

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Biography of Jacob Kamm

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now No history of navigation upon the Willamette or Columbia would be complete without reciting the part borne by the subject of this sketch. From the time the demands of travel and commerce created business of any magnitude in this direction, down to the present time, he has been more or less prominently connected with this interest, and especially important was the part he bore in the incipient stages of its development. He was born in Switzerland, December 12, 1823. At the age of eight, with his father, who had resigned his commission as captain in the Swiss army, he came to America. They removed to Illinois, where for a year his father was employed in farming and milling. From there they went to St. Louis, where his father conducted a hotel for some years, after which they removed to New Orleans. Here, at the age of twelve, young Kamm commenced the earnest side of life in a printing office, where he was employed until after the death of his father during the fearful yellow fever epidemic in the summer of 1837. In the fall of that year with only a few dollars in his pocket, he started for St. Louis. Upon his arrival he secured a position as a cabin boy on a small steamer called...

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