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Charles Ramatici

There is much in the California environment to will and hold the affection of the people of Switzerland. Both charm the eye with scenic beauty; both boast of fruitful valleys nestling among the snow-capped mountains; both attract thousands of tourists each year to enjoy the climate and behold the scenery. Somewhat alike too are the two regions in their occupations, for in both countries agriculture is a leading industry and dairying has enlisted the efforts of many of the people. These resemblances were noted by Mr. Ramatici, when in 1877 he came to California from Switzerland, where he was born in 1857, and where up to the time of his arrival in the west he had lived and labored among his kindred. At the same time he noted many differences between the two countries, difference of language, in modes of thought, in habits and customs of the peoples, in methods of conducting agricultural operations and in the adoption in the newer country of modern machinery and devices as yet unknown or little used in the older country.

On both sides of the family Mr. Ramatici is descended from ancestors who were among the first families in Switzerland, which for many generations had benefited by their labors. His immediate ancestors were Peter and Mary (Liberada) Ramatici, who were content to pass their entire lives in the land which gave them birth. Their son Charles remained an inmate of the old Swiss home until he was twenty years of age, when he made up his mind to come to the United States and the year 1877 witnessed his landing upon these shores. Coming direct to California, he located in Marin county and immediately sought employment along the line with which he was most familiar, faming. While adjusting himself to his new surroundings and acquiring a knowledge of the language of his adopted homeland he found it exceedingly advantageous to remain in the employ of others before undertaking responsibilities on his own account. This however would not long satisfy his ambitious nature, and as soon as circumstances made it possible he leased a ranch and engaged in the dairy business. The ranch comprised five hundred and sixty-five acres of excellent land in Marin county, within easy access of Petaluma. This is a dairying country without a superior in the state, and like the majority of ranchers in the community Mr. Ramatici is especially interested in this branch of agriculture. On the ranch mentioned he kept a herd of over one hundred milch cows, besides considerable young stock. In n addition to his dairy stock he has five head of horses, eighty head of hogs and one thousand chickens of the White Leghorn breed. Taken in its entirety the ranch which Mr. Ramatici is operating is one of the representative ones in this part of the county, and indicates what a man with a definite purpose may accomplish. In May, 1911, he purchased sixty-nine acres of land one-half mile south of Petaluma, where he engages in the poultry business. It is a well improved ranch and convenient to markets, and it is the owner’s intention to make this his permanent home.

In the choice of a wife Mr. Ramatici chose one of his countrywomen in Miss Martha Spaletta, who was born in Switzerland in 1860, and has been a resident of California since 1886, their marriage occurring in San Francisco. Six children have come to bless their marriage, four sons and two daughters, namely: Peter, Adolf, Romeo, Charles, Jr., Linda and Lilly. Mrs. Ramatici is the daughter of Peter and Jennie Spaletta, and comes from an ancestry that ranks high in the annals of that country. Politically Mr. Ramatici is a Republican, fraternally is identified with the Beneficanza Swizzera, and religiously is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, being a communicant of the organization at Petaluma.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011