ROMILDO LOUIS MAZZA.
A few miles from Petaluma may be seen the fine ranch property belonging to Luigi Mazza, and leased to his son R.
L. Mazza, who is one of the younger generation of ranchers in this section of Sonoma county. Although he is a native
of this part of California, his birth occurring in Tocaloma, Margin county, in 1875, he is the descendant of a
long line of Swiss ancestors and possesses all of the admirable traits that have made the citizens of that little
republic so heartily welcomed wherever they have chanced to locate.
Luigi Mazza was the establisher of the name on this side of the Atlantic. He was born in Switzerland in 1836, and
upon reaching years of maturity had endeavored to make himself content with the advantages and opportunities for
progress which his native country offered, but these paled into insignificance before the unlimited chances for
advancement which he had been told would be his for the seeking on this continent. He was thirty four years of
age when, in 1870, he set sail for the United States, and after landing from the vessel at the eastern port of
New York, he reembarked on a vessel bound for the Isthmus of Panama, and on the Pacific side of the Isthmus, took
passage on another vessel which finally landed him in the Golden Gate. Going from there to Margin county, he established
a home in Tocaloma, and it was there that his son R. L. was born five years later. In his wife, who before her
marriage was Lucia Giacomini, and who was born in Switzerland in 1846, Mr. Mazza had a true helpmate and sympathetic
companion. Eight children enlivened this household, three sons and five daughters, Romildo, William, Samuel, Nellie.
Olympia, Alma, Kate and Dina. The latter is a half sister, being the daughter of the mother's first marriage, to
Mr. Mazza's older brother. The eldest of the daughters, Nellie, became the wife of Louis Henrioulle; Dina became
the wife of Peter Silacci, and the mother of three children. Wilford, George and Edwina; Alma is the wife of Clorindo
With his brothers and sisters R. L. Mazza attended the schools of TocaIoma, Margin county, and when not in school
he was performing duties about the home ranch. It was in this way that he became familiar with ranching and was
enabled to undertake the responsibilities of a ranch of his own at so early an age and with such splendid success.
Near Petaluma he leases a tract of eight hundred and forty four acres of his father's land, of which forty five
acres are under cultivation, while the remainder of the land gives ample pasturage to one hundred cows, twenty
five head of young stock and heavy horses, besides which he engages to some extent in the poultry business.
At Liberty Station, Cal., Mr. Mazza was united in marriage with Miss Jennie Soldati, in 1906, and one son, Francis,
has been born to them. Mrs. Mazza is the daughter of Alexander Soldati, a native of Switzerland, born November
14, 1854, and his wife, formerly Louisa Bianchini. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Soldati, as follows:
Flevio, Marino, Corina, Jennie, Vina, Alice, Palma and Effie. Corina is the wife of Louis Pomi and the mother of
one son; Vina is the wife of William Nonella and the mother of a daughter, Mabel; and Jennie is Mrs. Mazza. Both
Mr. Mazza and his wife were reared in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church, and their child's training has been
along the same line of faith. Politically Mr. Mazza is not attached to either of the great political parties, but
reserves the right to vote for the man who, in his opinion, is best suited for the political office in question.
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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