POMPEO JOHN LOMBARDI
One of the most successful ranchers and best known residents of the Sierra Valley is Pompeo J. Lombardi, whose home ranch is located three miles west of Loyalton, in addition to which he is the owner of other valuable lands, aggregating about four thousand acres. He is also the owner of the only hardware store in Loyalton and is recognized as a business man of marked ability. He was born in Canton Ticino, Switzerland, on the 13th of June, 1861, and is a son of Joseph and Clementina Lombardi. The family were mountaineers and their home was a public place after the Order of St. Bernard, where unfortunate travelers could be taken care of, and many tired and stormbound wanderers through the deep snows of an Alpine winter were rescued and cared for in their home. The parents were granted an annual stipend by the Swiss government for their services. Their home was on Mt. Gotthard, and there Pompeo J. and his three brothers and two sisters were reared. The oldest brother, Caesar L., lives in Dallas, Texas, where he is president of the Dallas News, and is seventy-four years of age. Another brother, Ferdinand, is seventy years of age and lives in San Francisco, while the youngest brother, Pacifico, is retired and lives in Redwood City, California. One sister was a lifelong resident of Switzerland and the other one became a resident of California.
In his native land Pompeo J. Lombardi attended school and learned the secrets of successful dairying under the instruction of his father, who conducted a dairy during the summer months. He was not satisfied with the prospects for individual advancement in his own country and, having knowledge of the splendid opportunities offered in America, he immigrated to the new world when twenty-three years of age, landing at New York City March 1, 1884. He crossed the continent direct to San Francisco, where he was employed in a dairy for two years, and for the same length of time drove a milk delivery wagon. He next went to work for the California Wire Works Company, at North Beach, but a few months later went to Santa Cruz and Alameda counties, where for a year he was occupied in making cheese on various ranches in that locality. In 1889 Mr. Lombardi came to Sierra county and for a few months worked as a laborer. He then determined to start out for himself and bought three hundred and sixty acres of land, which is now a part of his home ranch. This purchase put him heavily in debt, but, nothing daunted, he went to work to develop and improve his place and in the course of time, through persistent industry and the exercise of good judgment, he found himself out of debt and in the possession of a splendid ranch. After that things came easier and as he prospered he bought more land until he became one of the most substantial ranchers of the valley. For many years he specialized in dairy farming, for which his ranches are well adapted, but in later years he has leased the greater part of land to his sons and others, each ranch having its own set of farm buildings.
On January 12, 1886, at the bride’s home in the Sierra Valley, Mr. Lombardi was united in marriage to Miss Angelina Ramelli, who was born and reared in Switzerland and became a resident of California at about the time of his arrival here. They have four children: Caesar P., Attilio, Louis and Mary C. Since becoming a citizen of the United States Mr. Lombardi has given his support to the Republican Party and has shown a live interest in public affairs, though he has never been an office seeker. He has devoted his attention closely to his private affairs, in which he has been more than ordinarily successful, and for many years he has stood among the leading and influential men of this section of the valley, respected by everyone who knows him.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 191-192. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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