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Herman Gisel

Switzerland is not without her representatives in the citizenship of California, and here, as to whatever country they go, they have brought those qualities of thrift and industry that make for an ideal citizenship. This truism has been borne out in the career of Herman Gisel, a rancher near Guerneville, and a citizen of worth in the community in which he has lived and labored for a number of years.

For generations members of the Gisel family had been born and lived their lifeís span in the little republic of Switzerland, and there it was that Jacob Gisel was born in 1834. Growing to manhood years in his native land, he there married Miss Catherine Kubler, also a native of that country, and seven children, three sons and four daughters, were born to them, as follows: Emil, Herman, George, Eliza, Hannah L., Mary and Frieda. Emil was married in 1896 to Miss Alice Croak, and he and his wife make their home in Sacramento. Eliza, who became the wife of Carl Birkhoff, I the mother of seven children, Fred, Charles, Emil, Oscar, Herman, Mary and Flora. Hannah L. became the wife of John Lemon, and their children are Frank, Charles, Arthur, Amelia and Freda.

The second child in the parental family is Herman Gisel, who was born in Canton Schaffhausen, Switzerland, on the Rhine, April 20, 1875, and has been a resident of California since 1884. It was in 1905 that he removed to the ranch which he now owns near Guerneville, comprising sixty acres, of which ten acres are in vineyard, besides which he has an orchard. Live-stock and hogs are also raised to some extent, although the cultivation of the vineyard and orchard absorbs the greater part of Mr. Giselís attention, and as opportunity permits he intends to enlarge his orchard and make this his chief source of income.

The marriage of Herman Gisel occurred in 1900 and united him with Miss Stella Beebe, who was born in Mendocino county. Three children were born of their marriage, George, Daisy and Emil Herman. Politically Mr. Gisel is an advocate of Socialistic principles and in his religious belief is a Presbyterian, as was also his wife, who passed away May 1, 1911.

History of Sonoma 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: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011