Joe Giger, who is one of Yolo county’s leading and successful ranchers, was born on a farm in the eastern part of Switzerland on the 19th of January, 1885, and was there reared and educated, pursuing his studies as far as the grammar grades. At the age of ten years he lost his father by death, after which he was compelled to contribute to the support of the family by his untiring and persistent efforts. He was employed as a milker on a dairy ranch and in 1913, when he was twenty-eight years old; he came to the United States with one of his brothers. However, the latter remained here but a few months, returning then to his native land.
When Joe Giger came to this country he could not speak a word of English. He went to North Dakota, where he spent some time, during the most of which he was employed in farming, and in 1915 he came to Yolo County. In the following October he secured employment on the Stephens ranch, near Esparto, and sometime later came to Woodland. He went to work on the Lawson Bar dairy ranch, near the town, and also worked for a time for the local ice company. About seven years ago Mr. Giger came to the Clarence Day ranch, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres, southwest of Woodland. This property he operates on shares with Clarence Day, the owner, and specializes in raising alfalfa, of which he cuts five crops a year. He has a splendid herd of sixty Holstein cattle and sells the milk to the Golden Gate Dairy of Sacramento. At one time he also rented a dairy farm from Al Winters.
In 1914, in North Dakota, Mr. Giger was untied in marriage to Miss Josephine Faeh, who is a native of Switzerland, and they are the parents of five children, Joseph, Annie, Elsie, Margaret and John. Mr. Giger is a member of the Sons of Herman and his religious faith is that of the Roman Catholic Church. He is a good citizen in the best sense of the term, has been reasonably successful in his affairs, and is regarded by all who know him as well worthy of the prosperity which is his.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.