DIOVOL B. SPAGNOLI
††††††††††† In viewing the mass of mankind in the varied occupations of life, the conclusion is forced upon the observer that in the vast majority of cases men have sought employment not in the line of their peculiar fitness but in those fields where caprice or circumstances have placed them, thus explaining the reason of the failure of ninety-five per cent of those who enter commercial and professional circles.† In a few cases it seems that men with a peculiar fitness for a certain line have taken it up.† Such is the fact in the case of the subject of this biography, Diovol Benedetto Spagnoli.† He is one of the most capable members of the bar in this section of the state and has shown that he is endowed with a strong mentality and keen analytical powers that enable him to win prominence in connection with judicial interests.† He is also numbered among the early pioneers of the state, having arrived in California on the 1st of August, 1854.
††††††††††† Mr. Spagnoli is a native of Piedmont, Italy, born on the 30th of November, 1840, and is descended from an old Roman family of prominence.† His father, Diodato Spagnoli, was born in Piedmont, and after arriving at the age of maturity wedded Marie Antoinette Fantoli, also a native of Piedmont.† The father was a merchant and a prominent road contractor and builder.† In 1854, with his wife and two sons, he sailed for California, landing in New York, the American metropolis, on the 1st of July.† On the 5th of that month he took passage for San Francisco, making the journey by way of the Nicaragua route, and on the 1st of August the steamer in which they sailed dropped anchor in San Francisco, California.† The father engaged in mining for a few months, but afterward established a mercantile store at Clinton, Amador County, where he continued to carry on a successful business up to the time of his death, which occurred September 24, 1863, in the fifty-fourth year of his age.† His good wife, surviving him for a decade, departed this life on the 17th of March, 1873, at the age of sixty-six years.† Their other son, Sylvester G. Spagnoli, is now the treasurer of Amador County.
††††††††††† Mr. Spagnoli, whose name introduces this review, obtained his literary education in Italy and in France, and pursued his law studies under the direction of Judge R. M. Briggs and United States Senator J. T. Farley.† He has always been an active advocate of Democratic principles and on the ticket of the party was elected clerk and recorder of Amador County in 1869, filling the position for two years.† Later he was admitted to practice law in the district courts, the supreme court of the state and in the United States district court, and in 1895 was licensed to practice before the supreme court of the United States.† The same year he had the honor of being appointed by President Cleveland to the position of United States Consul at the city of Milan, in the Kingdom of Italy, and served his country in that capacity in a most creditable manner for three years.† On the expiration of that period he returned to California and resumed the practice of law in Jackson, where he now has a large and distinctively representative clientage.† At the bar he has won great honor by reason of his superior ability, his close application to his business, his devotion to his clientsí interests and the able manner in which he handles his cases.† His keen analytical power enables him to determine easily the important points in the suit and these he presents in a forceful manner to judge and jury.
††††††††††† In 1889 Mr. Spagnoli was united in marriage to Miss Rose Isabella Bryan, a native of Penobscot, Maine.† To them were born five sons and a daughter, but only two of the sons are now living:† Sylvester Nelson D., who was born in San Francisco, served as United States Vice Consul to Italy during his fatherís term and is now reading law in his fatherís office; and the other son, Urbano G. D., is a graduate of the School of Pharmacy of California, at San Francisco.† The mother died on the 8th of August, 1874, and in 1881 Mr. Spagnoli was joined in wedlock to Miss Ida B. Kerr, a daughter of Professor A. W. Kerr, a prominent educator of this state.† Their marriage has been blessed with a son and daughter, Ernest B. D. and Roma Venetia, both attending school.
††††††††††† Mr. Spagnoli has not only been a successful law practitioner but has also made profitable investments in mining and other property interests.† He owns considerable stock in large quartz mines, has five hundred acres of mining and agricultural lands, and is the proprietor of a drug store in Jackson, which business is now carried on by his son Urbano.† He also built and owns the Spagnoli block building, opposite the court-house at the county seat.† His residence is one of the most tasteful and attractive homes in Jackson and he enjoys a warm regard of a host of friends.† Mr. Spagnoli is one of the oldest representatives of the Masonic fraternity in the county.† He received the sublime degree of Master Mason in Amador Lodge, No. 65, F. & A. M., of Jackson, in 1866 and is now past master.† He has also taken the Royal Arch degree and the thirty-second degree in the Scottish Rite, and is past patron of Chapter No. 66, in the Order of the Eastern Star.† He is likewise a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, has filled all of its offices, and belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Chosen Friends.† He is well and favorably known by the citizens of the county, being a pioneer of the state, and merits honorable mention among the representative men of California.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.