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Foremost among the qualities which are essential to permanent success are both optimism and perseverance, controlled by unswerving honor, and to the possessor of these attributes fortune denies nothing.

Keen in business and industrious to a marked degree, James Frasinetti, sole proprietor of the Florin winery of Florin, Cal., today occupies a position for which he is fully equipped, and among his associates is regarded as a man of influence and firmness of purpose. A son of beautiful Italy, which has produced many of our best known and most prosperous citizens, his birth occurred November 22, 1872, in Montemurro, in the province of Basilicata, which was also the birthplace of his father, Constandino. The latter was united in marriage with Carmella Galanti, of Montemurro, and of the six children born to them, all natives of Italy, five are living.

Settling in New York City, Constandino Frasinetti engaged in the manufacture of candy for eight years, after which he came to San Francisco, Cal., and continued in the business for the succeeding two years. In 1887 he took his family to Sacramento, where he followed his trade successfully until 1897, when he returned to New York City. He passed away November 14 of that year, being survived by his wife, who died in 1905.

Though but five years old when the family came to the United States, James Frasinetti bears vividly in memory the wonderful scenes through which he passed on his way to the new land, and in spite of the lure of his mother country has remained loyal to the home which has given him both contentment and prosperity. Until the age of fourteen he attended public school in New York City, taking advantage of his educational opportunities with the foresight characteristic of his race, and, upon his graduation, willingly participated in the support of the family. In 1885 he accompanied his parents to California and assisted his father -in the candy business, learning the confectioner's trade and becoming an expert in the art of candy making. In 1899 he established a winery in Florin, where he has since resided. The site of his present vineyard was a grain field when he located upon it, and he set out the vines and erected the buildings. Most of his products, which include a general line of fine wines and brandies, are shipped to New York City, and are in universal demand, owing to their superior quality.

On May 28, 1893, Mr. Frasinetti was united in marriage in New York City with Miss Rose Cassieri, who was reared and educated in Italy. Six children lend their contrasting personalities and ambitions to the interest of the family circle: Constandino, familiarly called "Christie," his father's chief assistant, was born in 1894; Angelo, born in 1902; Joseph, in 1904; Carmella, in 1906; Amelio, in 1908, and Thresa, in 1910. Mr. Frasinetti and family are known to be both generous and thoughtful regarding those less fortunate than themselves, and deservedly rank among the leading citizens of the community. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011