The fact of his long residence upon his ranch speaks more eloquently than can words of Mr. Bondietti's satisfaction
with the section of country which he has chosen for his home place, and indicates with equal force that his efforts
are bringing satisfactory financial returns. A few miles from Petaluma, on Rural Route No. 5, may be seen the fine
looking ranch which he leases, devoted to general farming, dairying and the raising of chickens, altogether forming
one of the most thriving and flourishing ranch enterprises in this part of Sonoma county.
Like so many of Sonoma county's citizens. Mr. Bondietti is a native of Switzerland, born in Canton Ticino in 1855,
the son of Peter and Mary (Zanioroni) Bondietti, both natives of Switzerland, the former born in 1823. The other
children besides Frank comprised in the parental family were Anton, James and the only daughter, Lodovina. She
became the wife of Peter Crespini. The eldest son, Anton, married Miss Mary Bianchi, by whom he has two children,
Celia and Dante.
Frank Bondietti chose as his wife Miss Clementina Mazzolim, who was born, in Switzerland in 1861, the daughter
of Joshua Mussolini and his wife, the latter before her marriage Miss Maria Franzi. Eight children, four sons and
four daughters, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Mazzolini, as follows: Silvio. Mark, Angilo, Louis, Rosa, Jennie, Amelia
and Clementina, Mrs. Bondietti. The eldest of the daughters, Rosa, is the wife of Vincienzo Pedrazzi and the mother
of four children, Louis, Mario, Sylvia and Julia. Jennie is the wife of Dominic Vill, by whom she has seven children,
three sons and four daughters, Armond, Henry, Robert, Anita, Mary, Olga and Antoinette. Amelia is the wife of John
Spich and the mother of fiver children, Michael, Julia Mary, Lena and Amelia.
It is now forty years since Mr. Bondietti landed a stranger on the shores of the United States and the same number
of years has been passed in California, for he came here direct from the place of landing in the east. At first
he worked as a ranch hand in the vicinity of Petaluma, and in so doing acquired the means with which to begin dairying
on his own aecount. He now leases three hundred and eighty two acres near Petaluma, of which twenty acres are under
cultivation, while the remainder is devoted to pasturage for his live stock, consisting of sixty cows, three horses
and twenty hogs. The raising of chickens is also an important feature of the ranch enterprise, his flock consisting
of eight hundred chickens at the present time. During the long period of eighteen years that Mr. Bondietti has
made his home on this ranch, each year has noted an appreciable change in conditions, and each year has also brought
an increase in the size of his income, all of which goes to prove that he is a conservative, plodding worker, satisfied
to begin on a small scale and to rise by steady degrees until the object toward which he is working has been attained.
During his residence in this community he has made many stanch friends, who admire his stability of character and
persevering energy. In his political belief he is a Republican, and with his family he is a communicant of the
Roman Catholic Church.
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911
Sonoma County, CA
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