Solano County

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Frank Dotta, whose fine ranch is located on the Sulphur Springs road, in Solano county, is a notable example of all that constitutes true manhood and good citizenship, and because of his high character and fine public spirit he enjoys the universal confidence and respect of his fellow citizens. He is a native of California, having been born at Susanville, Lassen county, on the 15th of April, 1891, and he is a son of Frank and Mary Dotta, both of whom were natives of Switzerland. The father came to the United States in young manhood, about 1875, and his wife came here in her girlhood, their marriage occurring in this country. For some time the father was a dairy and stock man in the Honey Lake valley, but in 1900 he came to Solano county, where he continued in the dairy business, buying a ranch here in that year. The mother died in September, 1891, when her son Frank was but a baby, and the father, fearing that he would not be able properly to care for and educate the children here, sent them back to Switzerland in that same year. Thus Frank Dotta attended school up to the fifth grade in his father's native land, but on his return to this country in 1901 he took up his studies in the Sulphur Springs school, from which he was graduated. During these years, while attending school and afterward, he assisted in the operation of the home farm, and on the death of his father, which occurred in 1913, he took over the ranch and has since devoted himself to dairying and stock farming. He owns two hundred and forty acres, in addition to which he leases fourteen hundred and forty acres, and he has been very successful in his operations, being a man of good judgment and sound common sense.

Mr. Dotta was married to Miss Kathleen Mansfield, who was born in New York state and was reared in Benicia, Solano county. To this union have been born three children, Frank, Betty and Colleen. Fraternally Mr. Dotta is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the I. D. E. S., while his political alignment is with the republican party. He is keeper of Lake Herma for the Benicia Water Company and is county weed inspector. As he has passed practically his entire mature life in this locality, he has a wide acquaintance among its best citizens, many of whom are his warm personal friends. He is a liberal supporter of worthy benevolent and charitable objects and also lends his influence in favor of all measures for the general betterment of his community.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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