California Genealogy and History Archives
Although born of Swiss parentage under the native skies familiar to his ancestors for many generations, the greater part of Mr. Moretti’s life has been passed under the Stars and Stripes, for this has been his home ever since he was fifteen years of age. He was born in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland, in 1866, one of the five children born to his parents, Joseph and Agata (Bolla) Moretti, born in Switzerland in 1825 and 1840 respectively. In 1879 the father set out alone for the new world in the hope of finding here a better opportunity for supporting and rearing and educating his children. He was not disappointed in the venture, for in California, where so many of his countrymen had already located, he found quite a colony of his countrymen who welcomed him and gave him practical advice and help. By the time he had been here two years he had laid by sufficient means to enable him to send for his wife and family, and the year 1881 found them taking passage for the United States. Besides the subject of this sketch, the family consisted of one son and three daughters, Peter, Margueretta, Catharina and Petronila.
On the homestead ranch in Sonoma county G. Moretti, was given practical experience in the duties which make up the life of the agriculturist, and it was this knowledge and experience which enabled him to launch forth on his own account and make a success of his undertaking. In the vicinity of Petaluma he is recognized as a rancher who thoroughly understands the business which he has undertaken, and on the ranch of one hundred and sixty-six acres which he leases o portion of the land is allowed to remain idle. Here he maintains a dairy of twenty-six cows, a poultry industry supported by one thousand White Leghorn chickens, and the land not in use for these purposes is al in hay, the latter commodity yielding a good yearly income.
Mr. Moretti’s marriage united him with Miss Albina Matei, and five children have blessed their marriage, three sons and two daughters, as follows: Renotto, Silvo, Leo, Linda and Stella. The children are being reared in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church, the family attending the church of that denomination of Petaluma.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011