Many are the sturdy sons of Switzerland who have come to this western commonwealth to take advantage of the chances
for progress which their own country could not offer them. Among the Swiss-American citizens who contribute so
largely to the population of Sonoma county is James Mossi, the proprietor of a ranch in the vicinity of Petaluma.
Born in Canton Ticino, Switzerland, January 6, 1870, he was the descendant of a long line of Swiss antecedents
who had been contented to till the soil and tend their flocks in the land which had given them birth.
By the time James Mossi had attained years of discretion he dared to take chances for his future that his predecessors
had not thought of taking, and the year 1887 found him taking passage for the United States. The vessel dropped
anchor in the harbor of New York, and from that city he came by rail to California, first to Humboldt county, where
he remained for four years, and from there to Sonoma county. In 1894 he returned to Switzerland to assist his father
for a time, but his desire to return to California was so strong that in 1896 he again came to the Sunset land.
He is now leasing one hundred and ninety three acres on Rural Route No. 3 from Petaluma, his ranch being devoted
largely to stock raising, owning thirty cows, besides calves, young stock and two horses. Chicken raising is also
a feature of his ranch enterprise, but as yet is not carried on to any large extent. This as well as his other
branches of agriculture, however, are being enlarged and extended as rapidly as his means will allow, and with
the success he has had in the short time comparatively that he has been located upon the ranch a promising outlook
For his wife Mr. Mossi chose one of his country women in Miss Mary Tamagni, who was born in Canton Ticino, Switzerland,
in 1875. Four children were born into this household, Peter. Milia, Mary (who died when four months old) and Lillie,
the two last mentioned being twins. The parents were reared in the faith of the Roman Catholic church, and in this
faith, too, They are rearing their children. Mr. Mossi favors Republican principles, but nevertheless he is independent
in the casting of his ballot, giving more attention to the qualifications of the candidate for the office than
for the party he represents. Mr. Mossi is not so absorbed with his duties upon the ranch that he has no time for
recreation, and when opportunity allows he indulges in hunting.
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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