California Genealogy and History Archives
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011