Solano County

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A venerable and honored citizen of Solano county, now retired from active labor after a long and busy life, is G. Tomasini, who lives on the Mayfield road, in the Suisun valley. As one of the oldest pioneers in this section, he has been a witness of and a participant in the wonderful transformation which has taken place here during the period of his residence in the locality, and because of the fine character and the public spirit manifested throughout his career he has long held a high place in the regard and esteem of his fellow citizens.

Mr. Tomasini was born at Lake Majori, Switzerland, on the 1st of April, 1841, and is a son of Babtista and Jacomina (Tagnazzi) Tomasini, the former of whom followed farming in his native land, where he spent his entire life. Our subject secured a good education in the public schools of his native place and then went to Australia, where he found employment in the gold mines. He also made two trips to New Zealand and altogether spent eight years in those two countries. In 1869 he came to the United States, going first to San Rafael, California, where he remained about a year, and he then went to Sonoma county, locating at Fort Ross, where he remained about three years, engaged in dairying. Mr. Tomasini next went to Petaluma but a year later returned to Fort Ross and remained there for two years. He then bought a place called Timber Cove, for which he paid seven thousand dollars and which he operated for about five years. At the end of that period he sold out and came to the Russian river, where he bought a dairy and remained about four years. In 1884 he bought seventeen hundred acres of land in Suisun valley and started a dairy farm, carrying five hundred head of stock. However, about the time he had things well under way the price of butter went so low as to make the production of it unprofitable for him, so he gave up the dairy and turned his attention more to stock raising and general farming, and in this he was successful. He had also established a store at Timber Cove, which he had intended to run in connection with the dairy. Toward the later years of his active connection with the farm he acquired a great deal of additional land, to the cultivation of which he gave his attention, and he reduced the size of his cattle herd. Eventually he disposed of much of his land, but he retains eight hundred acres, six hundred acres of which he rents, the remainder being reserved for the children of his son George, who died at the age of thirty-five years.

Mr. Tomasini was married to Miss Mary Jackson, a native of the state of Ohio, where she spent part of her childhood, securing the major portion of her education in the schools of Woodland, Yolo county, this state. They became the parents of four children: Anita, Algini, Almo and George. There are also seven grandchildren. Mrs. Tomasini passed away in 1916. Mr. Tomasini is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has taken all the degrees of the York Rite, including the commandery of Knights Templar, at Vallejo. He served at one time as a member of the board of school trustees at Duncan's Mill, Sonoma county. He is a man of absolute honesty and of enterprising and progressive methods, and he managed his extensive affairs with skill and prudence. For years he has been regarded as one of Solano county's grand old men, for he has been a useful and upright citizen, ever giving his support and lending his influence in favor of such measures as were intended to be for the best interests of the 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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