The little republic of Switzerland has given of its sturdy sons to aid in the development of this western hemisphere.
Particularly has California been fortunate in having added to her citizenship a large number of these Swiss, who
have brought with them to the west the industry, economy and persevering traits characteristic of their forefathers.
Numbered among the SwissAmerican residents of Sonoma county is John Pambrogi, a native of Switzerland, born in
1848, but ever since 1875 a resident of the United States and a citizen thoroughly loyal to every interest of his
When Mr. Dambrogi landed on these shores a stranger in a strange land, he did not linger at the point of landing
any longer than was necessary to make arrangements to proceed on his way to California, for here it was that his
interests lay, owing to the fact that others of his countrymen had settled here in large numbers and were making
a success of their undertakings. In his native country he had followed tilling the soil as a means of livelihood,
and it was along this line that he sought and obtained work in his new home in the west. For a number of years
it was necessary for him to work in the employ of others before assuming responsibilities of his own, this being
necessary from the fact that he had no available means with which to purchase property, as well as from the fact
that he was as yet unfamiliar with the methods of farming in this country. Both of these necessities were amply
provided for as the years passed, for with the means which he accumulated he purchased land and began its cultivation
with more vigor and assurance than would otherwise have been possible. ft was in 1907 that he purchased the property
which is now his home, and which lies ten miles from Petaluma, on Rural Route No. 4. Here he is the proud owner
of two hundred and thirty acres of fine land, where his energies are employed in the dairy business, stock raising
and in the raising of chickens. Thirty cows of good breed supply his dairy, besides which he has fifteen head of
hogs and five young horses which he is raising for the market. While his dairy industry alone netted him a profit
of $700 during the year 1909, and is constantly on the increase, it is probably in his chicken industry that his
greatest profit is made. In 1910 he had eighteen hundred chickens in his poultry yard, and it is his intention
to increase his flock and make this part of his ranch enterprise his principal industry.
During the thirty five years that Mr. Dambrogi has been a citizen of the United States he has returned to his native
land only once, and that was to claim his bride in Miss Reginia Pronini. After their marriage in their native land
they set sail for the United States, and here in California they have been content to remain and rear their children.
Eight children have been born of their marriage, four sons and four daughters, as follows: Henry, Charles, John,
Cecil, Mary, Delpini, Edith and Linda. The eldest daughter, Mary, has left the parental roof and is established
in a home of her own as the wife of John Braga, by whom she has three children, William, Rosa and Neta. The other
children in the family are still at home with their parents. In their childhood both Mr. Dambrogi and his wife
were trained to a knowledge of the Roman Catholic faith, and it is in this faith also that they have reared their
own children. Politically Mr. Dambrogi is a Republican, and fraternally is associated with one order, Lodge No.
149, Druids, at Petaluma.
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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