California Genealogy and History Archives
Italy has furnished one of her representative sons to California in Remigio Mandarini, a rancher near Duncans Mills, Sonoma county, where he has been located since 1890, or ever since he came to this country, twenty years ago. He was one of a family of fourteen children born to his parents, Frank and Alena (Reighini) Mandarini, the former born in Italy in 1829 and the latter also a native of that country. There, in Beceno the son Remigio was born in 1862, and with his brothers and sisters he received and made the most of the meager opportunities that the home land offered. Even as a child Mr. Mandarini deplored the lack of opportunity which his ambitious nature craved and demanded, but nevertheless he endeavored to overlook the lack by making everything possible count in his favor, and after attaining mature years he still continued in the home land in the hope of making a satisfactory livelihood. His efforts were not without their compensation, but nevertheless he was satisfied that the new worked held forth greater chances for advancement and he determined to come hither and take advantage of them.
Among the immigrants who landed on these shores in 1890 was Remigio Mandarini, the vessel on which he made the voyage casting anchor in the harbor of New York after an uneventful voyage, and from that port he secured transportation to California, Sonoma county being his destination. Here he found a number of his countrymen had preceded him, and he found their sympathy and their aid of inestimable value in helping him to get a foothold in his new surroundings. For a time, until he became more familiar with the language and customs of his adopted country he worked at the first employment that offered, principally as a farm hand, and finally he ventured to assume the management of land on his own account. At the present writing he has a five-year lease of one hundred acres, valued at $10,000, upon which he is engaged in raising stock principally, owning fifty head of fine young stock and eight head of horses of fine breed.
In his marriage, Mr. Mandarini chose one of his countrywomen in Miss Mary Vesci, who was born in Italy in 1863, their marriage being celebrated in their native country in 1885. She came to the United States with her husband in 1890, five years after their marriage, and whatever of success or failure has come to him she has shared, proving herself under all circumstances a true helpmate. Seven children, two sons and five daughters, have been born of their marriage, as follows: Ernest, Secondo, Josephine (Mrs. Charles Berttosi, of Santa Rosa), Mary, Helena, Julia and Stella. One of Mrs. Mandariniís brothers, John Vesci, also came to the United States and died in Santa Rosa.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011