California Genealogy and History Archives
One of the native-born sons of Italy who has benefited by transferring his efforts to the United States, and who by indefatigable labors is reaping a degree of success impossible in the country of his birth, is Giovani Combi, who was born in Italy in 1870, the son of Climaco and Domenico Combi. The year 1890 found him enroute to California, whither he had been preceded by an elder brother, Peter Combi, born in 1868, and who is now the employ of the Napa City winery.
Giovani Combi came direct to Petaluma, where he was fortunate in finding employment with the well-known rancher, Charles Martin, and during the time he was associated with the latter he learned the chicken business in all of its details. It was this knowledge and practical experience that enabled him to establish the business of his own that he now conducts near Petaluma, his flock averaging one thousand chickens of the best breeds.
Politically Mr. Combi is a believer in
Republican principles, and in attending and worshipping in the Roman
Catholic Church he is following the training of his ancestors for many
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011