California Genealogy and History Archives
Yet another of the sons of Italy who have come to the United States in the hope of realizing their dream of independence is Giovanni Mecchi, now one of the well-to-do and progressive citizens of Fulton, Sonoma county, where he has made his home for many years. His earliest recollections are of a boyhood home in Lucca, Italy, where he was born in 1867, into the home of Domenico and Adele (Bianchini) Mecchi, two other children, both daughters also being born to these parents, Paquina and Argentina Mecchi.
Leaving his parents in their native land, in young manhood Giovanni Mecchi set sail from Italy for the United States, where, from authentic reports which had come to him from those of his countrymen who had preceded him, he was confident that better conditions were open to the young man of energy than were possible in his native country. From the eastern metropolis at which his vessel landed him he made his way across the United States to California and in May, 1885, located in Sonoma county. Environment and language differed materially from anything with which he was familiar, but this he expected, and as rapidly as possible adjusted himself to his new surroundings, receiving companionship and encouragement from such of his countrymen as were living in the vicinity. After looking about for a suitable tract of land he finally selected the ranch which is his home today, a very desirable tract of eighty acres within easy access to the town of Fulton, which is his postoffice and market town. Knowledge of and familiarity with grape culture acquired in his native land have here been put to good account, for fifty acres of his land are under cultivation to the vine, and one hundred tons is an average year’s yield. He finds a ready market for his fruit at the winery, for which he receives the uniform price of $16 a ton.
Mr. Mecchi has never formed home ties, but lives alone on his ranch near Fulton. It is not to be inferred from this that he is a recluse or disinterested in the welfare of those about him; on the contrary he is thoroughly wide-awake and ready at all times to forward and even inaugurate measures for the uplift of his fellow-citizens and the betterment of conditions in town and country.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011