Honor is due the individual who, beginning his active career a poor boy in strange land and amid unfamiliar surroundings,
eventually, through his determined and persistent efforts, forges ahead and reaches a position of independence,
influence and honor among his fellowmen. Such is the record of Frank Garatti, of Pleasanton, who is now numbered
among his community's prosperous and respected citizens. He is a native of Italy, born on the 26th of August, 1879,
and was there reared and educated. In 1895 at the age of sixteen years, he emigrated to the United States alone,
coming direct to Pleasanton and here secured employment with the Remillard Brick Company, one of the pioneer industries
of this locality, with which he remained eight years. He ran a boarding house for four years, and then started
a winery, buying grapes and making wine. Later he bought land and planted a vineyard, most of his grapes being
of the black variety, and he has added to his acreage as he has prospered until now he has two hundred and fifty
acres in cultivation, being the leading grape grower of the valley. He produces five hundred and fifty tons of
grapes annually, which he ships in carload lots to the eastern market. Mr. Garatti has realized splendid success
in this line of business and has wisely invested in real estate, being the owner of several valuable properties
in Oakland, in addition to his holdings in Pleasanton.
Mr. Garatti was united in marriage to Miss Ida Robolli, a native of Italy, from which country she was brought to
the United States at the age of three years. They are the parents of three children, Zelda, Florence and Hazel.
Mr. Garatti gives his political support to the republican party and has shown a helpful interest in the welfare
of his community. He is now serving his third term as a member of the board of town trustees, having charge of
the department of streets and buildings. He is a member of the Ancient United Order of Druids, the I. D. E. S.
and the U. P. E. C. In all of his affairs he has exercised sagacity and judgment of high order, tireless industry,
sound common sense and wise economy standing as the elements which have most largely contributed to his success.
He is cordial and friendly in manner and throughout the community in which he lives he cornmands the good will
and regard of his fellowmen.
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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