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Sonoma County


Elzi Brothers

The opportunities which California offers to young men of determination and perseverance find appreciators in Anton J. and Joseph T. Elzi, natives of Canton Ticino, Switzerland, who have been residents of Sonoma county since 1881, since which time they have followed the dairy business in Sonoma and Marin counties. The year 1906 marks the date of the establishment of the dairy business which they are maintaining near Petaluma on eighteen hundred acres of land which they lease from Mrs. Mabel Burdell Smith. Here two hundred and fifty cows of excellent breed find pasturage, besides a large number of stock, twelve head of work horses and colts. The brothers are mutually interested in the maintenance of the ranch enterprise carried on under their name and each year notes an increase in their business and corresponding enlargement of income. They are both young men of push and determination, and the progress which they are making is being watched with interest by their fellow-citizens.

Anton J. Elzi was born in 1868, and since thirteen years of age has been a resident of Sonoma county. He was married in San Francisco to Miss Reta Rasmussen, a native of Denmark, born in 1879. Four children have been born of this marriage, Alfred J., Clarence E., Anna C. and Lillian C. In their political proclivities both Anton J. Elzi and his brother are Republicans, and they have never departed from the faith of the Roman Catholic church in which they were reared. Joseph T. Elzi was born in 1872 and came to California in 1885, and is not actively associated with his brother in the maintenance of the dairy.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011