G. Bassi was born in Valle, Switzerland, on May 18th, 1840; a son of Antonio and Orsula Bassi, who were only possessed of a moderate income, and could not afford their son many advantages in obtaining an education or livelihood. In youth he herded cattle on the hillsides of his native land. When a little past eighteen years old he decided to seek a more promising field in which to gather a fortune, and to more surely and speedily fill his sack, he came to California. He arrived in San Francisco on the 29th day of January, 1859; for five years he spent his time in working in mines and dairy ranches at Garden valley, Forest Hill, Dutch Flat and in a store in Greenwood. Early in 1864 he went over the mountains and after traveling over most of Nevada returned in the fall and purchased an interest in the dairy at Rock bridge. In 1870 he bought the remaining interest and is now sole owner of a fine ranch on the banks of the South Fork of the American river, on which he keeps about eighty cows in the winter season, and spends the summers on big Silver creek in the high altitudes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. He was married to Miss Virginia Forni, a daughter of Samuel Forni, of Georgetown, on the 6th day of January, 1878. Their son, Daniel M., was born January 2nd, 1879; Joseph V., was born August 19th, 1880, and Kitty Angelina, born March 9th, 1882. Mr. Bassi is a member of Sutter's mill Grange, also of the Masonic fraternity in which he is a chapter mason, and has held offices in both his lodge and chapter.
The History of El Dorado County, California by P. Sioli, page 232
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