It is a well deserved compliment to say that Napa county is honored by the citizenship of such men as Charles Ratto,
member of the well established furniture firm of Lesher & Ratto at Napa. He is recognized as an ideal citizen,
of sterling integrity in private life, sound of judgment in his business affairs and loyal and patriotic in his
support of his government in its hour of need. Mr. Ratto was born at Calistoga, Napa county, on the 16th day of
March, 1889, and is the son of J. B. and Teodora (Risco) Ratto, the former of whom was born in Italy on January
25, 1858, the son of Andene and Teresa Ratto, who were farming folk in that country. J. B. Ratto had but little
opportunity for securing an education in his youth. At the age of twenty four years he came to the United States
and settled in San Francisco. He first engaged in the handling of vegetables, which business he carried on about
a year, and then for about the same length of time he worked in a sawmill. He then came to Napa county and worked
on ranches in this vicinity until about 1894, when he engaged in the wood and coal business in Napa, in which he
still continues, being the pioneer in his line of business in this locality. He married Miss Teodora Risco, who
also was a native of Italy, and to them were born four children, namely: Charles, who is the immediate subject
of this sketch; Fred, who served thirteen months in France during the World war; Rose and Andrew.
Charles Ratto received his education in the public schools and at the age of eleven years he went to work in the
glove factory, later was employed in woolen mills and in 1905 became a helper in the store of which he is now part
owner. He was a faithful and efficient worker, ably filling each position which he held and thoroughly learning
every step of the business. He was wisely economical of his resources and on the 4th day of June, 1923, he was
able to buy a half interest in the business, which is now conducted under the firm name of Lesher & Ratto.
They carry one of the finest and most complete lines of furniture in this part of the state, their stock completely
filling their double store room, and they are enjoying a large and steadily increasing trade. The partners are
both men of progressive and enterprising methods and are numbered among the wideawake and representative business
men of their city.
Mr. Ratto married Miss Eliza Ciapusci, who was born and reared in this state. Politically, he gives his support
to the republican party, though in local elections he usually maintains an independent attitude, voting according
to the dictates of his own judgment. Fraternally, he is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Improved
Order of Red Men, the American Legion and the Native Sons of the Golden West. During the World war Mr. Ratto enlisted
in the United States air service and saw thirteen months of service in France, during which he passed through a
number of thrilling experiences. He is a man of sound principles, courteous and accommodating manner, and possesses
to a marked degree those qualities which commend a man to the favor of his fellow men. He is an earnest advocate
of all measures for the betterment of the community and is a generous contributor to all benevolent and charitable
objects. Because of these elements of character, he enjoys an enviable standing in the confidence and esteem of
the entire community in which he lives.
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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