Longtime Solanoan recalls family's past
Mar 07, 1999
Abstract: Granville Swift was my great-grandmother's brother. He got to California in 1841. In about 1844, he moved to Orland where he started a horse and cattle ranch. "In 1848, when gold was discovered, he went over to the American and Feather rivers and made a killing. After he got his fistful of money, he went back to Missouri and brought his entire family back to California - father, sisters and brothers. He bought up an estate in Orland and became the largest rancher up there.