My grandfather, Basilio Ziller, was born June 9, 1870 in San Zeno,
Austria, adding one more generation to the distinguished Austrian Ziller
family. His parents, Mathias Giovanni Ziller and Barbera Catarina Inama,
married February 4, 1856 and had nine children. The boy’s names were
Giuseppe, Luigi, Johann Mathias, Emanuelle Andrea, Domenico and Basilio.
The girls were Assunta Modesta, Maria Annunciata and Concetta Chiara. Of
these children, Luigi, Domenico and Maria Annunciata all died in
Rosina Anselmi, came to the United States and married grandpa’s cousin,
Enrico. The two couples led parallel lives always living in the same
places at the same times as they raised their families.
Grandpa Basil and his bandoneon
1920, the families of both Basilio and Enrico relocated to California
where Basilio became a carpenter. He continued in the carpentry trade
until he retired. Grandpa and grandma lived out the rest of their lives in
California. Their daughters married and had families of their own, always
living near their parents. The daughters formed a musical group called
"The Ziller Sisters" and much to the delight of their parents, played
professionally for many years.