Biography of A.Tognazzini
San Luis Obispo County, CA Biographies





A. TOGNAZZINI, one of the most successful business men and dairy men of Caucus, is the son of Swiss parents, and was born in the city of Tieino, Switzerland, in 1847. May 26, 1864, he came to San Francisco after a journey from his native land of seventy five days. He was the only son and youngest child of a family of five children. He was raised on a farm and attended the common schools, and finished his education in the high school. His father was a dairy man, and his son also learned the business. He was seventeen years of age when he came to California, and engaged in the stock and dairy business, having learned that California was a fine State for that business. Re began work in Margin County, at $15 per month, but afterward his wages were raised to $30 a month; he worked here about a year. In the fall of 1866 he started in business on his own account, having learned the Spanish language of Mr. Marshall, for whom he had been working, and of whom he rented 100 cows and land, most of which were mulch cows, and paid a rent of $20. That season butter was thirty cents per pound, and he cleared $1,100, and he thought himself rich. In 1868, in Margin County, he bought 150 cows, and rented 1,400 acres of land, and conducted it for six years, from which he made some money.

Mr. Tognazzini then came to San Luis Obispo County, and bought 700 acres of land, and has since added to it until he owns over 1,000 acres. He bought 150 head of stock and put it upon the ranch, which his nephew conducted, while he continued the business in Margin County. He finally moved here and rented 2,000 acres at seventy five cents an acre for five years. When he rented this land people thought it would prove a failure; but it has since proved a success. In 1881 he bought a ranch in Santa Barbara, consisting of 3,200 acres, which is one of the best dairy ranches in the county. He has 250 cows and made 505 boxes of butter in the year 1889. In 1884, with a partner, he purchased 7,000 acres in Santa Barbara County, which was divided into dairies.

Mr. Tognazzini was one of the incorporators of the Commercial Bank of San Luis Obispo and is one of the directors. He has built a very pleasant home on his ranch, one and a half miles northeast of Cayucos, which is surrounded with trees and shrubs. He is now the owner of 1,800 acres of land in Canucos, on Which he raises a few horses that have frequently taken the premium at the fairs. He also raises cattle and hogs.

Mr. Tognazzini was united in marriage, in 1867, at San Francisco, to Miss Madaline Reghetti, a native of Switzerland. They have had five children, four of whom are living, viz.: Virgilio Valenio, now at college, studying engineering; Americo and Celia. Mr. and Mrs. Tognazzini are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Tognazzini is a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, and is also a Mason. In his political relations he is a Republican, and is an illustration of what an honest man can become in the county of San Luis Obispo.

From:
A Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
and Ventura, California
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago 1891


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