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For many years, and indeed from the time of his immigration to the new world until his death, Mr. Saner was identified with the dairy and ranch interests of Sacramento county. Such was his frugality, such his tireless perseverance and such his native shrewdness that ultimately he acquired large holdings in ranch lands. Not a little of his success was due to the sterling good sense and practical co-operation of his wife, who since being left a widow has carried forward the enterprises begun by her husband and has proved the possession of fine business qualifications as well as an intimate and thorough knowledge of every detail connected with ranching. The plans which he laid with the hopeful spirit of middle age she is carrying forward to completion and in these important tasks she has enjoyed the willing aid of her children, the eldest of whom have reached an age which renders genuine helpfulness possible, while the youngest are able to assist in the lighter tasks of the ranch.

There were not only kindred aspirations and harmonious temperaments to unite Mr. and Mrs. Saner in a happy wedded life, but in addition they shared an affection for the same native country and the same childhood associations. Familiar to their early days were the lofty peaks of the Alps and the simple beauty of the lakes which give to Switzerland an abiding majesty of landscape. Mr. Saner was born in Canton Solothurn, Switzerland, March 23, 1860, while the birth of Mrs. Saner occurred September 24, 1865, her maiden name having been Mary Bisig. Both had few educational advantages, but began to labor for self-support while yet quite young. Both cherished longings for the liberty of America, and both crossed the ocean in 1883, coming direct from New York City to California and settling in Sacramento county. Mrs. Saner saw the United States for the first time on the 25th of April, 1883, and on the 9th of March, 1887, became the wife of Mr. Saner, who had been employed at dairjdng for the four preceding years.

The young couple took up agricultural pursuits on a rented tract, owned by Mr. Harvey, and there they worked frugally, industriously and efficiently for four years. As a result of their efforts they were able to buy a place of their own. In 1901 they purchased the Steele ranch of four hundred and fifteen acres located on Dry creek, and three years later, in 1904, they added to their holdings by the purchase of the Davis tract of three hundred acres. Still later one hundred and eighty-two acres were bought, making nearly one thousand acres, all of which Mr. Saner managed with recognized thrift and intelligence. In the management of the broad acres, his wife, since his death. October 14, 1908, has been as efficient as was he, and her capable mind and willing hands insure profitable returns from the cultivation of the land. Eight children came to bless their union, namely: Frieda, born December 8, 1888; Ameli, August 4, 1890; Joseph, April 15, 1893; Robert, May 18, 1895; Lillie, April 3, 1897; Harry, May 29, 1898; William, November 28, 1899, and Evelina, December 8, 1903. Many sorrows have come to Mrs. Saner, and her life has had its share of trouble, but none was more difficult to bear than the tragic death of her youngest child, Evelina, who was lost in the destruction of their home by fire, October 27, 1905. With supreme courage she has borne this terrible bereavement and with firm Chris- tian heroism she has triumphed over disaster and distress, so that she presents to all the example of a cheerful life and an industrious, optimistic temperament. 

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