California Genealogy and History Archives
When the final history of California shall have been written it will be found to contain worthy mention of the natives of Switzerland who have found within her borders opportunities for becoming landowners and the development of latent possibilities within themselves to which it was impossible to give expression in their own country, owing to her narrow confines. In giving vent to their capabilities these immigrants have not only reaped in incalculable benefit themselves, but they have conferred an equal benefit upon the locality in which they have settled, their qualities of thrift and perseverance of being the foundation stone of their character and therefore of their success.
Gilo Quanchi, Sr., was born in Switzerland in 1829, and it was not until he was well advanced in years that he came to the United States with his wife in 1896. Before her marriage the mother was Albini Janezzi, and the children consisted of two sons and one daughter, Joseph, Gilo and Josie. Joseph married Filomena Riccoli, by which he has one child; Josie is the wife of Spiro Magistocchi and the mother of one child, Violet.
Gilo Quanchi, Jr., chose as his wife Edah Bolla, who was born in Sonoma county in 1888, the daugher of Peter Bolla, who was born in Switzerland in 1845. Four children were born of his marriage with Olivia Fillippini, as follows: Olympio, Elvetzio, Olivia and Edah. In close proximity to Petaluma Mr. Quanchi leased a fine ranch property consisting of eighty acres, of which thirty acres were in orchard, a specialty being made of rising apples, cherries and quinces, all of which fruits flourish in this section. On a portion of the remaining land pasturage was given to twelve cows, besides which Mr. Quanchi raised chickens on a large scale, at one time having one thousand fine Leghorns in his flock. Mr. Quanchi was successfully engaged in the management of his ranch until the death of his wife, December 13, 1910, when he gave up the ranch and has since been employed at farming. He is a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church, as was also his wife, and in his political belief he is a Republican.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011