A record of the pioneers of Alameda county must include the name of Antonio Bardellini, who for long years was
actively connected with various enterprises in this county, his efforts contributing to the development and progress
of the localities in which he lived. He was born August 17, 1833, in Lerchi, Italy, where he spent his early years.
In young manhood he became a sailor and followed the sea for many years, during which period he visited most of
the ports of the world. In 1850 he reached San Francisco, where he engaged in the fishing business for awhile,
but later went to the gold mines. After several years thus spent, he went to Mexico and established a dry goods
store, which he conducted for a short time, when he returned to California and engaged in gold mining in the canyons
of the Sierras. Later he engaged in fishing for the San Jose market, but in 1858 opened a general merchandise store
at Mission San Jose, where he remained for six years. His next location was at Alisal, now Pleasanton, where he
opened the Rose Hotel, the first in that place, and now known as the Pleasanton Hotel. In 1869 Mr. Bardellini went
to Laddsville, where he built a hotel, which he managed for four years, after which he bought a ranch and set out
the first vineyard in that locality. His hotel was destroyed by fire in 1872 and he then devoted his attention
to farming until 1874, when he sold the ranch and located on a property at the corner of First and L streets, in
Livermore, which he had purchased sometime previously. There he built the Washington Hotel, the leading hotel of
that place, and conducted it to the time of his death, which occurred on the 18th of August, 1883.
On October 20, 1862, in San Francisco, Mr. Bardellini was united in marriage to Miss Maria Lometti, a native of
Italy. Of their ten children four are now living: Joseph B., Carrime J., Furrello J. and Emil A. Mr. Bardellini
was a man of great energy and persistence, was square in all of his dealings and during all the years of his life
here he commanded the unqualified respect and confidence of his fellowmen, who appreciated his sterling character
and his genial and friendly manner.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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