California Genealogy and History Archives
|Edward E. Lafranchi
This is the day when young men of energy and ambition are coming to the front in all the walks of life and are showing by their perseverance, close application and honest mode of conducting their business that success is assured. Among those who are making a name and a place for themselves among the younger generation we find Eddie Lafranchi, who was born on the old home place near Duncanís Mills, October 15, 1885. His father was John Lafranchi, who is represented elsewhere in this volume. Our subject received a good education in the public schools, and from a boy was actively engaged on the home farm, learning the stock and dairy business. so he very naturally drifted into that vocation. Wishing to engage in business for himself he leased the Lafranchi place and established himself in his present business. In October, 1910, he bought all but one-fifth interest in the place, while the business, the Lafranchi Creamery and Meat Company, is entirely his. He is operating a large dairy of seventy cows that graze on the ranch and from which he manufactures butter to supply his trade. He has established a modern meat market at Mesa Grande, from which he sends out three teams, making Guerneville, Monte Rio, Monte Cristo and Sheridan, and doing a large and extensive business in meats and dairy products. His place, which was formerly his fatherís, comprises five hundred and sixty five acres on the Russian river, just across from Duncanís Mills, and for many years was the terminal of the Northwestern Pacific Railway. It is a valuable and beautiful ranch and abounds in redwood, pine and oak. There are numerous springs from which water is piped to the house and barns, thus making the most convenient arrangement. Mr. Lafranchi is a splendid judge of cattle and sheep, and is thus able to procure the best quality of meat for his many customers, and has an up-to-date slaughtering plant on the ranch which enables him to do a wholesale as well as retail business.
In San Francisco, May 12, 1911, Mr. Lafranchi married Hazel June Moore, who was born at Duncanís Mills and is the daughter of Thomas and Emogene (Richardson) Moore, the former born in Canada and the latter in Sonoma county. The father has been engaged in blacksmithing in Duncanís Mills for many years, being one of the old settlers of the place. Mr. Lafranchi is a very liberal, public spirited and enterprising young man, every ready to do his part for the upbuilding and good of the community, and both he and his wife are greatly esteemed and popular in social affairs.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011