Rizieri Acquistapace, who is associated with the Black Butte pool room and soft drink parlor at Weed, is well and favorably known throughout the town, for he comes of one of its best Italian families and has proven a loyal and honorable citizen. He was born in Italy, on the 29th of June, 1903, a son of Joseph and Anna (Girolli) Acquistapace. The father came to this country, locating at Santa Rosa, California, in 1907, and there engaged in farming. His wife and their children followed him two years later and now make their home in Weed, where the father is employed in the lumber yards of Long-Bell Lumber Company. To him and his wife were born eight sons, all of whom live in Weed. Three of them are ball players and are members of the Sons of Italy baseball team. Three of the boys are still attending school at this place.
Rizieri Acquistapace received his educational training in the public schools, after which he worked at various occupations, as a bakery employee, as a grocery clerk, a truck driver—in fact, he was ready to do anything by which he might earn an honest dollar. He is now the chief clerk and attendant of the Black Butte pool room and soft drink parlor and because of his personal popularity and the excellent service which he renders to patrons of the place, is extremely popular. He has been successful and owns his home, being regarded as one of Shastina’s enterprising young business men. The Black Butte pool room is owned by his brother-in-law, Mr. Groppi, on whom personal mention is made on other pages of this work.
On December 21, 1921, Mr. Acquistapace was united in marriage with Miss Maria Mezzolini who is a native of Siskiyou County, where she has always lived. Her mother is deceased, and her father, who is retired, lives in Weed. Mr. Acquistapace is a member of the Sons of Italy in Weed and the Ancient Order of the Druids at Mount Shasta. He is a young man of sterling qualities and well merits the high place which he holds in the esteem of those who know him.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.