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      Quirino C. Guidici, whose splendid ranch of three hundred and twenty acres is located one mile northwest of Loyalton, is one of Sierra county’s highly respected and prosperous farmers.  He record since coming to this valley is one of hard and persistent labor, the fruits of which he is now enjoying.  He was born in Canton Ticino, Switzerland, on the 4th of June, 1871, and is a son of Stephen and Josephine Guidici, both of whom were lifelong residents of this locality, with the exception of about a year which the father spent in California.  To them were born three sons and a daughter:  Quirino; Frank who lives at Winnemucca, Nevada; Mrs. Pedrolli, a widow, who lives in Winnemucca; and Pietro, on the old home farm in Switzerland.

      Quirino C. Guidici received a fair education in the public schools of his native country and also attended a military school.  He has always been a constant reader, a close student of affairs in general and a keen observer, and is a well informed man on a wide range of subjects.  He also fluently speaks the English, French and Italian languages.  When not yet fifteen years of age he came to the United States, and located at Loyalton, where he attended the public schools in order to quickly acquire a knowledge of the English language.  He worked steadily for David Russell for seven years at a wage of fifteen dollars a month.  The Russell farm, of three hundred and twenty acres, is now Mr. Guidici’s home farm, having come to him in an unusual way.  Mr. Russell’s will gave all of his property to the Washoe County Bank, of Reno, Nevada.  The court held the estate open for five or six years after his demise in an effort to discover if he had any heirs.  In the meantime the executors of the estate prevailed upon Mr. Guidici to assume the management of the ranch, which he did.  Later he rented the place for a number of years and finally, in 1912, bought it outright from the Washoe County Bank.  In this deal he went heavily in debt, but in the course of time, through hard work and good management, he made the final payment on the land and has since devoted his attention tirelessly to its management, with very satisfactory results.  His long connection with this ranch led him to conclude that hay was the crop best adapted to the soil and he has since specialized in this crop.  He raises annually about two hundred and fifty tons of hay, including clover, timothy and bunch grass.  He finds the latter the best of all, as it produces an excellent flow of milk in milch cows, puts fat on the ribs of beef cattle and gives strength and energy to horses.  This is one of the most beautifully located ranches in the entire Sierra Valley.  One valuable feature of it is a constantly flowing artesian well of pure, cold water.

            Mr. Guidici was married and is the father of four children, namely:  Charles, who was killed at the age of six years, being accidentally shot by a playmate, who did not know that the gun he held was loaded; Stephen, Alice and Frances, who are residing with their mother in Loyalton.  Mr. Guidici lives alone on the ranch and is an excellent housekeeper, as well as capable farmer, the home and premises being kept in the best of order and clean as a pin.  He keeps about sixty head of cattle on the ranch, as well as six horses, a few hogs and some poultry.  He gives his political support to the Republican Party, is a consistent supporter of every movement for the public good and is highly regarded by his neighbors and acquaintances.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 181-182. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

 © 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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