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Antone E. (“Tony”) Pradelli is a splendid example of the industrious and energetic men from the north of Italy who have come to this country and, by hard work and intelligent frugality, have been able to achieve worthy success in their respective callings.  He is the owner of a large dairy farm at Delleker, Plumas County, and his record since locating thereon eight years ago has won for him the respect of all who know him.

            He was born on the 11th of June, 1889, in Lombardi, in the north of Italy, near the Swiss frontier, and is a son of Joseph and Marie (Scarinsi) Pradelli.  He was reared on his father’s farm at Fusina and is the oldest of a large family of children.  In order to assist in the support of the family he started to work while a mere youth.  In 1907 he came to the United States and settled in Beckwith, Plumas County, California, where he started to work on dairy farms in the Sierra Valley.  In 1918 he came to Delleker and went to work for George Laws, president and manager of the Feather River Lumber Company.  He worked as a milker, at a wage of forty dollars a month, carefully saved his money and eight years ago bought a small bunch of cows.  At the same time he took over Mr. Law’s dairy farm, which he has since conducted with marked success.  His land is leased from the lumber company, and on it he has about one hundred and twenty-five head of cattle, of which sixty are milch cows, mostly high-grade Durham’s and Holsteins.  He supplies milk to the boarding houses of the lumber company, as well as to hotels and eating houses and to residents of Delleker and Portola, including the hotel of the Western Pacific Railroad at the latter place.  He ships a number of cans of milk daily to Gerlach, Nevada, and supplies fresh milk to the outlying logging camps of the Feather River Lumber Company.  He employs three milkers, one man to look after the stock and a boy herder.  He raises his calves and steers, as well as heifers, and is thus able to supply meat as well as milk to Delleker and vicinity.  Mr. Pradelli cuts considerable hay and buys cottonseed oil cake by the car-load, as well as much hay and grain, thus keeping his stock in excellent condition.  He utilizes one Dodge and two Ford trucks in the handling of his milk.

            Mr. Pradelli was reared in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church and gives generously to all worthy causes.  He is a busy man, gives his close attention to his business and has well earned the splendid success which is now his.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 336-337. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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