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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.
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011