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Arnold B. Riebli

One of the native-born sons of Switzerland who has made a success of his life in Sonoma county, by indefatigable labors reaping a degree of success impossible in the country of his birth, is Arnold B. Riebli, who has been a resident of this country ever since he was nine and one-half years of age. He was born in the canton of Unterwalden in 1872, one of the four children born to his parents, J. B. and Regina (Conrads) Riebli, both of whom were also natives of Switzerland. The eldest daughter in the parental family, Nanetta, became the wife of Joseph Keechler and the mother of three children, Joseph, Lena and Bertie. The youngest daughter, Josephine, became the wife of Arnold Keechler, and by him became the mother of two children, both daughters, Ethel and Edna. The only son in the family besides our subject was John, who married Josephine Keechler, by whom he has five children, John, Joseph, Emil, Edwin and Mary. Arnold B. Riebli chose as his wife Miss Christina Miller, who like himself was a native of Switzerland. Three children have blessed their marriage, Arnold J., Anita and Irene. 

Mr. Riebli came to the United States in 1883, at which time joining his parents, and therefore the greater part of his life has been passed in the locality in which he now lives, for at the time of removal to this country the father came direct to California and settled in Sonoma county. On Rural Route No. 3 from Petaluma he owns a ranch of one hundred acres, from the proceeds of which he is able to supply all of the needs of himself and family. Not unlike many others of his countrymen, both here and in his native land, he is engaged in the dairy business, and though this is maintained by only seven cows, he still makes an excellent profit in the industry. The dairy business does not represent the limit of his activities, for he is also engaged in raising chickens, three hundred chickens constituting an average flock. He is also the owner of three horses of high grade. Politically Mr. Riebli is a Republican, and with his family he is a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church 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