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Of that sturdy Empire State ancestry which has contributed so richly to the citizenship not only of the Pacific coast country but of the entire old and new west, Benjamin L. Sisson, cashier and secretary of the American Fish Company of Sacramento, was born in Oakdale, Stanislaus county, Cal., December 27, 1878, a son of Benjamin Haight and Ida (Simmons) Sisson, both of New York state nativity. In their native state they married, remaining there till 1850, when they made the long, tedious and perilous journey to California and settled at Oakdale, where the husband and father was for a score of years engaged in the transfer business.

In the public school at Oakdale Benjamin L. Sisson gained a primary education, to which he has added by observation and extensive reading until he is one of the well informed men of the circle in which he moves. After leaving the grammar school he became a clerk in a general merchandise store in the town of his birth. So ably and so faithfully did he devote himself to the interests of his employers that he was gradually advanced from position to position until he was made cashier. That responsible place he resigned in 1905 to come to Sacramento, where he entered the service of Mr. Morgan, president of the Owl Transfer Company and of the American Fish Company. With the company first mentioned he labored a year, then was transferred to the office of the American Fish Company. There he was started in 1906 as assistant bookkeeper, and his rise to be cashier and secretary of the concern has been rapid and those who know him best know that his promotion has been worthily won and well deserved.

By marriage, Mr. Sisson united his fortunes with those of Miss Ella May Bach of Knight's Ferry, Stanislaus county. Their marriage was celebrated May 8, 1900, and they have an interesting little daughter, Marjorie, born October 30, 1909. Mr. Sisson is an Odd Fellow, high in the councils of his order. Mrs. Sisson is identified with the Order of the Eastern Star and with the Native Daughters. Her father, who was a prominent farmer and stockman, was both a Mason and an Odd Fellow. 

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