EDWARD P. BELLANI.
The record of Edward P. Bellani, one of the pioneer wine makers and vineyardists of St. Helena, is replete with
well defined plans and purposes, which have been carried out successfully and have won for him an influential place
in business circles, as well as a high personal standing among his fellow citizens. Mr. Bellani was born in Sonoma
county, California, July 11, 1869, and is a scion of an early family in this locality. His parents came to this
part of the country in pioneer days, crossing the Isthmus of Panama, and located first in Sonoma county, later
moving to Napa county. They became the parents of six children, their son, Edward P., being the first of their
children to be born in California. He was about five years of age when the family came to Napa county, and he attended
the public schools of St. Helena until he was eleven years old, when he started to work in the vineyards and wineries
of this county. For thirty years he was employed in the Schuwald vineyard and winery in St. Helena, acting as superintendent
during the last years of this period. He is now the owner of the winery, and the wine cellar leased to the Alba
Wine Company, which is engaged in making wine under government supervision. Mr. Bellani is at present engaged in
heavy hauling and trucking.
Mr. Bellani has long held a high place in the esteem of his fellow townsmen, at whose hands he has received distinctive
preferment, having served as mayor of St. Helena for twelve years. It is generally acknowledged that he was one
of the best mayors St. Helena has ever had, and his administration was marked by a series of public improvements
which redounded greatly to the credit of the city. These improvements included new sewers, a municipal septic tank,
the grading of streets and new cement sidewalks and bridges. Under his enthusiastic leadership, the city took on
a new lease of life, and it is still enjoying the beneficent results of his wise administration.
Mr. Bellani was married to Miss Frances Pusetti, and they are the parents of a daughter, Zueletta, who is a trained
nurse in St. Helena. For forty years Mr. Bellani has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and
has passed through the chairs of the local lodge. He was also one of the first to join the St. Helena parlor of
the Native Sons of the Golden West, and he is a member of the Woodmen of the World. He is a man of good judgment
and energetic methods, and during the years that he has lived in this locality he has so ordered his actions as
to win the sincere regard and esteem of the people of the community.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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