El Dorado County







            Alexander A. Fransioli (Francis in English), for forty-seven years a resident of California and now a well known and highly respected citizen of Georgetown, is a native of the land of the Alps, his birth having occurred in canton Ticino, Switzerland, May 29, 1837.  His parents, Joseph and Maria (Sartor) Fransioli, were both natives of the same country, and with his father the subject of this sketch crossed the Atlantic to the new world in 1852.  The former came to California that year and engaged in placer mining in El Dorado County, near Placerville, meeting with gratifying success in his labors.  In 1856 he returned to his native country, where he died at the age of sixty-eight years.

            Alexander A. Fransioli, the only son of his parents, was educated in his native land and was fifteen years of age when he arrived in California.  Here he worked in the placer mines of El Dorado County with his father, and as this country was rich in its mineral resources he gained a goodly supply of the precious metal.  Subsequently he removed to San Francisco, where he engaged in dealing in cigars and fruit during the year 1857.  On the expiration of that period he returned to the mines and later devoted his energies to the butchering business for a time.  He purchased the store from the firm for which he was working and conducted a successful meat market in Georgetown on his own account for a quarter of a century.  He was also the proprietor of a saloon and has also been in the livery business.  It will thus be seen that he is a man of resourceful ability and one of marked energy who carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes.  His diligence and his careful management brought to him a desirable capital and this enabled him to put aside the arduous cares of business life in 1897, since which time he has lived retired.

            In 1870 Mr. Fransioli was united in marriage to Miss Flora Farni, a native of Switzerland, and their union has been blessed with seven children, all of whom were born in Georgetown, namely:  Joseph S., Alexander, Frank, Sartor, George, Louisa, the wife of George Barklage and Beatrice, who is at home with her parents.  They have a commodious home, situated in the midst of beautiful grounds, and its social functions are enjoyed by their hosts of friends.  Mr. Fransioli is still interested in farming and stock raising, although he is practically living retired.  Socially he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the A. O. U. W. and the Chosen Friends.  He is well known as a man of the highest business integrity, and his varied interests have contributed not alone to his individual success but have also been of benefit to the community through his promotion of commercial activity.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 690-691. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2011  Gerald Iaquinta.



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