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Peter Fognini

Associations with scenes in Italy during the impressionable years of boyhood gave Mr. Fognini a knowledge of the resources of that country, and when he came to California he was well qualified by experience to judge concerning the possibilities offered by this part of the world. Experience has proven to him that this is a desirable place in which to make a home, and equally desirable as a field in which to earn a modest competence in the midst of congenial surroundings.

Born in Italy October 8, 1874, he is the son of John Fognini, who was born in that country in 1838. The father was a farmer and dairyman by occupation, and it was along these lines that Peter received the practical experience that enabled him to adapt himself so readily to conditions that awaited him in the west. May 1, 1891, is memorable as the day upon which he landed at San Francisco and from there he went to Marin county, where he was fortunate in finding work as a ranch hand. Altogether he remained in that county six years, thereafter coming to Sonoma county, and for the past four years has devoted his attention to the cultivation of the ranch upon which he now lives, comprising five acres not far from Petaluma. Here he makes a specialty of the poultry business, having six hundred chickens of excellent breed in his poultry yard at the present time. If circumstances permitted him to indulge a hobby he would be the possessor of numerous specimens of fine horse flesh, for he is a great lover of man's best friend, the horse. Besides the maintenance of his poultry yard Mr. Fognini also conducts a public house for the accommodation of the wayfarer, Laurel Hill Inn, this being located on the ranch on the Sonoma road. In politics Peter Fognini is a Republican. Personally he is respected as an honest, hard-working man, a good neighbor and citizen.

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