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††††††††††† One of the most successful ranchmen of the Sierra Valley is William H. Guscetti, of the Summit voting precinct in Plumas County, where he is the owner of a splendid stock ranch of three thousand one hundred and fifty acres, including the old home property.Mr. Guscetti was born at Virginia City, Nevada, October 19, 1890, and is a son of Angelo and Guidetta (Bassi) Guscetti, both of whom were born in Canton Ticino, Switzerland.Their marriage, however, occurred in Virginia City, Nevada, at which time the mother was the widow of Julian Pamel.By her first marriage she had two daughters:Mrs. Mauricillio Guidici, whose husband is a rancher near Chilcoot, California; and Mrs. Alessio Ramelli, whose husband operates a ranch near Vinton.To the union of Angelo and Guidetta Guscetti were born the following children:Frank, who is a proof-reader on the Chicago Daily Tribune; Louis, a mechanical engineer and practical caterpillar tractor operator; Ralph, who is the owner of an extensive stock ranch adjacent to that of his brother; William H., of this review; and Olympia, the wife of Gordon Sedgwick, of San Francisco.The mother, who was seventy-nine years old on September 15, 1930, lives with and keeps house for her son William H.The father died in 1920 at the age of seventy-nine years.At that time the home ranch contained four hundred and forty acres.Angelo Guscetti lived in Virginia City for twenty years, during which period he worked underground in the deep Comstock mine.Owing to the extreme heat of those lower depths, which impaired his health, he was given a job on the surface.His physician ordered him to try life on a ranch and he came to the Sierra Valley and rented a farm.Subsequently he moved back to Virginia City, but finally returned to the Sierra Valley and bought one hundred and sixty acres, the nucleus of the home ranch, to which he later added by purchases from time to time.

††††††††††† William H. Guscetti was reared on his fatherís ranch and received a good public education, to which he has added by much general reading and habits of close observation until he is regarded as a well informed man.He took up an enlarged homestead and has recently purchased four hundred and eighty acres of the Charles G. Church ranch in his neighborhood.He is an experienced sheep and cattle raiser, in which he has been very successful, and is regarded as one of the most substantial and capable ranchers of his community.His home ranch is well improved, having a good set of farm buildings, surrounded by a well tended lawn, to which his mother devotes considerable time and which she keeps verdant through careful sprinkling.There are many apple, pear, prune and other fruit trees, together with well cultivated flower and vegetable gardens.

††††††††††† The Republican Party receives Mr. Guscettiís political support, while fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being a member of White Pine Lodge, No. 175, at Loyalton.He manifests a helpful interest in matters affecting the general welfare of the community in which he lives, and by reason of his upright life, his sound principles, his industry and his success, he stands high in the regard of his neighbors and fellowmen.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 323-324. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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