Contra Costa County











     For nearly a quarter of a century, George Russi has carried on a general milling business at Pacheco, Contra Costa county.  November 16, 1881, he purchased the only flouring mill in this county and began a general milling business, admitting a partner into the business in May, 1888, and since then the business has increased and flourished under the firm name of Russi & Sonner.

     Born October 14, 1853, in the town of Andermatt, Canton Uri, Switzerland, which was also the birthplace of his parents, Joseph M. and Josephine (Regle) Russi, Mr. Russi is the youngest in a family of fifteen children born to this worthy couple.  His father, who was a laborer, lived to the advanced age of ninety-one years, his demise occurring June 24, 1881.  His wife died in 1869, aged sixty-five years.  She was a daughter of Charles and Henricklah Regle.

     Educated in the schools of his native county, Switzerland, which he left at the age of nineteen, George Russi came to America, landing at New York City, and soon afterward proceeded by rail to San Francisco, where he arrived November 17, 1871.  He subsequently worked a brief time in Santa Clara county, following farm pursuits near Mountainview, after which he spent two years on a milk ranch near San Francisco.  Having gained an insight into this business, he engaged in the dairy business on his own behalf and for nine years he following this occupation continuously.  Discontinuing dairy farming, he invested his capital in the flouring mill previously mentioned and to this business his subsequent years have been devoted.

     By his marriage in San Francisco Mr. Russi was united with Miss Dora Klaas, who was born in Switzerland December 13, 1851.  Of the six children who blessed this union five are living, as follows:  George, of Spokane, Wash.; Rosa, Frank, Theodore and Josephine, all at home.  In his political views Mr. Russi is a follower of Republican principles, and although he has filled various minor offices such as school trustee, etc., he is not particularly active in politics, having devoted himself assiduously to his business interests.  Fraternally he is allied with the Odd Fellows, being a member of Concordia Lodge No. 122, of San Francisco.





Transcribed 11-16-16  Marilyn R. Pankey.

ญญญญSource: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 1392-1393. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

2016  Marilyn R. Pankey.







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