To write the personal record of men who have raised themselves from humble circumstances to positions of responsibility
and business success in a community is no ordinary pleasure. Self made men who have achieved success by reason
of their personal qualities and who effect for good such phases of community life as come within their sphere of
usefulness unwittingly, perhaps, build monuments more enduring than a marble obelisk. In this class stands Robert
Stoll, who, coming to this country in early youth with no assets save willing hands and a laudable ambition has
forged ahead until he is now one of Napa's leading bushiness men and stands deservedly high in the esteem of the
Robert Stoll was born in Baden, Germany, on the 22d day of February, 1882, and secured his early education in the
public schools of his native city. In 1896, at the age of fourteen years, he came to the United States and joined
his sister, who had preceded him to this country and was operating a pretzel factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She is still carrying on that business, which has grown until now she employs fifteen hands. He remained with her
four years, working in the factory during the day and attending school in the evenings. In 1900 he came to Napa,
where his brother, Albert Stoll, was the foreman of the City bakery. Here Robert Stoll obtained employment and
thoroughly learned every detail of the business. He was industrious and energetic, and was wisely conserving of
his financial resources so that in the course of time he got an interest in the business, of which he is now the
The City bakery at Napa has long been one of the well known business institutions of that city, having been established
about thirty five years ago by Mr. Stratton. M. Nicolini was the next owner, followed by Mr. Pedroni, who sold
the shop to Mr. Regli. The latter's brother, Charles Regli, became a partner in 1906 and sole owner in 1908 when
his brother died. In 1909 Robert Stoll acquired a half interest and two years later he bought Mr. Regli's share
in the business and has since conducted it alone. It is worthy of note that at the time Mr. Stoll began work in
this shop wood was the only fuel and all the dough was kneaded and mixed by hand. Many improvements have been made
and up to date machinery installed until today the shop is strictly modern in every respect, the facilities including
a dough mixer, a flour sifter and blender and a cakemaking machine. About twelve hundred loaves of "Purity"
bread are turned out daily, besides large quantities of whole wheat, graham, rye and French bread, as well as cakes,
cookies and pies. Five bakers are employed and night and day crews are kept busy, supplying the constantly increasing
demands for the products of this popular bakery. In the development of this business Mr. Stoll has exercised sound
business judgment and a progressive spirit that has gained for him a high reputation among the successful business
men of this community.
Mr. Stoll is a member of the Sons of Herman and the Loyal Order of Moose. He was married in Napa to Miss Iliade
Menocino, who was born in Italy, and they are the parents of two children, Gladys, aged eleven years, and Raymond,
aged six years. Mr. Stoll, while devoting himself closely to his individual affairs, has taken a commendable interest
in the affairs of the community, supporting all movements for the betterment and improvement of the city, and giving
liberally to all worthy benevolent or charitable objects. He is a genial and friendly man, who has since coming
to this locality gained a host of warm and loyal friends.
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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