John Thomann

(Jeff’s 3rd Great Grandfather)

Born: Canton Aargau Switzerland, 1836

Passed: 1900

  • Migrated to New York in 1858 then to California via Panama at the age of 22.
  • 1858 engaged in the nursery and wine business in Sacramento for two years with Uncle Heinrich Thomann.
  • 1859 one of the first to make brandy in the state of California, both peach and grape.
  • 1874 built 200,000 gallon cellar in St. Helena, along with a 800 gallon per day brandy distillery.(today’s Sutter Home Winery)
  • 1874  130 acre ranch on Howell Mountain, 45 acres planted to vineyard
  • 1880-1882 Supervisor of Napa County, “Hot Springs Township”
  • Director St. Helena Bank
  • Director St. Helena Bonded Warehouse
  • Director St. Helena Turn Verein
  • Shareholder St. Helena Water Company
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