Under the blue skies of Italy Carlo Soracco first opened his eyes to the light of day, his birthplace being near Genoa, on the 21st of December, 1840. He acquired his early education in his native land and in 1855, when only fifteen years of age, crossed the Atlantic to New York and then made his way to San Francisco. He had a capital of only about one hundred dollars and was ignorant of the language and customs of the people, but he readily adapted himself to his new surroundings and soon mastered the English language. From the Pacific port he made his way to Sierra County, where resided his brother Frank, who had come to California in 1850. There Mr. Soracco engaged in placer mining, continuously following that pursuit for ten years with the usual experiences of those who devote their energies to searching for gold. Sometimes he made money rapidly and again was very unsuccessful, but having acquired some capital he turned his attention to merchandising, in 1869 establishing a store in Sutter Creek, where he had a small stock of goods. By close attention to business and honorable dealing he built up an excellent trade, thus meeting with well earned success. He now owns a large business block on Main Street, one hundred six feet front, and in the building he carries a large, well assorted and complete stock of general merchandise, the sale of which brings to him an excellent income. In addition to this property he owns dwelling houses in the town of Sutter Creek, which stand as monuments to his thrift and industry.
In 1871 Mr. Soracco was married to Miss Johanna Binchieti, a native of the Empire state but of Italian ancestry. They now have five children: Peter, who is studying medicine in San Francisco, in the medical department of the University of California; Frank and Lawrence, who are in business with their father; and Katie and Lena, who are still at their parental home. The parents and children are all members of the Catholic Church and are highly esteemed as worthy citizens of the town in which Mr. Soracco has long been known as a most reliable merchant. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Democratic Party, though he has never sought political preferment. Dependent entirely upon his own resources since the age of fifteen years, and with the additional obstacle of having to learn a new language and business principles, he has steadily worked his way upward, and his example should serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement to men who, like himself, are forced to enter upon a business career without capital or influential friends.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.