Were Martin Zanini to write a detailed account of the different experiences through which he has passed at various
periods of his life, it would provide an interesting tale, for his life drama has been enacted in many countries
of the world. He is a native of Switzerland, born on the 24th of November, 1864, and is a son of Paul and Madeline
(Buloni) Zanini, both of whom are deceased. They were the parents of nine children, seven sons and two daughters,
of which number four of the sons came to the United States.
Martin Zanini secured his education in the public schools of his native land, and at the age of fourteen years
he went to Burgundy, France, where he was for a time employed as a teamster. He then returned to Switzerland but
about six months later went to Grenoble, France, where for two years he was engaged in the manufacture of bricks,
following which he again returned to Switzerland to serve his term in the state militia. On the expiration of his
military service he went to Algiers, Africa, and for about six months was there engaged in the making of bricks.
He then joined the French army as a volunteer for service in the Franco-Chinese war, in which he was engaged for
three years. At the end of that period, because of an attack of the African fever, he was compelled to return to
his home, where he spent about a year, recuperating. He subsequently returned to the service for a short time,
but in 1888 he immigrated to the United States, coming direct to Napa county, where for three months he was employed
by the Belgian consul. He then began farming on the Stanley ranch, south of Napa, and was so occupied until 1891,
when he rented the dairy part of the ranch and operated it for about three years, at the end of which time he was
appointed foreman winemaker. He filled that position until 1907, when, on account of ill health, he resigned therefrom
and rented the Hulet ranch, which he operated until 1914, since which time he has been serving as superintendent
of the Stanley ranch. This work entails a great deal of responsibility, but Mr. Zanini has so managed the place
as to receive the commendation and approval of the owner, as well as the respect of those under him.
On July 20, 1907, Mr. Zanini was married to Miss Beatrice Underwood, who was born in a log cabin at Miles City,
Montana, in 1881, and was brought to Napa in 1887, receiving her education in the schools of this city. Her father
was a first sergeant under General Nelson A. Miles at Fort Keogh, being in the army from the time he was eighteen
to about the age of thirty years. He was the first brakeman on the first train to run through the state of Montana.
Later he came to California and here spent the remainder of his life. To Mr. and Mrs. Zanini have been born two
children: Clara, who is the wife of R. V. Hewitt, of Napa, the owner of the new Central garage; and Helen, the
wife of A. J. Veirs, of Oakland, a sheet meta] worker.
Mr. Zanini became a citizen of the United States in 1900 and has been absolutely loyal to its institutions and
traditions, proving himself a good citizen in the fullest sense of the term. He is a veteran of the Spanish-American
war, having served as a member of Company H, Fifth Regiment of California Volunteer Infantry, and he served under
Professor H. L. Gunn, the editor of this history, who was first lieutenant of Company H. Mr. Zanini is a republican
in his political views and takes a lively interest in local public affairs. In religion he is a faithful communicant
of the Roman Catholic church.
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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