By John Steele Gordon
Original 12 months of publication: 2005
Throughout time, from old Rome to trendy Britain, the good empires outfitted and maintained their domination via strength of palms and political energy. yet no longer the USA. the United States has ruled the realm in a brand new, peaceable, and pervasive means -- in the course of the endured construction of unbelievable wealth. during this authoritative, engrossing historical past, John Steele Gordon captures as by no means sooner than the genuine resource of our nation's worldwide impact: wealth and the skill to create extra of it.
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Sammis, in his 80s, was the venerable head of sales while others directed the co-op’s operations. Mismanagement by the latter led to bankruptcy. Sammis, however, continued to run his orchard, selling his olives to the Lindsay company, and continued to live until 1970 in the house he and Miriam occupied when they first moved to Wallace. He died the following year in Marin County. But the trees that bore his beloved “beautiful rocks” remain, as does a legacy of olives in Calaveras County. 59 Louis Benedict Sammis was born on July 17, 1881, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
38 Sophisticated and educated, Mansfield Gregory was schooled in both his native England and France before emigrating as an 18-year-old in 1859. He married Pennsylvania native Anna Gibson in 1862 in Wisconsin, and the family, with three of what would be eight children, made their way to San Francisco in 1868. Within a couple of years, they purchased the Boyd & Gorham Ranch in Jenny Lind, Calaveras County. ) Gregory became enormously successful, accumulating 640 acres of what would be the most productive orchard in the area, on which he raised fruit, primarily plums but also olives, apples, apricots, pears, nectarines, peaches, and blackberries.
A lifelong bachelor, Alvin lived in the house by himself. ) 31 The Lagomarsino olive orchard remains to this day, with the gnarled trunks of these trees betraying their age. As testament to the longevity of olive trees, this 2013 photograph shows them still flourishing. Ray Moresco lovingly restored the residence, as well as the olive-processing building and barn, in 1987. ) This c. 1900 portrait of the Giovanni Cuneo family includes Mary Oneto, standing at the far right next to Giovanni (a partner in the French Gardens in Amador County), who married Carlo Cuneo, owner of the olive grove still seen today along Climax Road outside Jackson, also in Amador County.