A native son of Italy who has attained a due measure of success since coming to this country – a success which has been gained only through his persistent industry and good management – is Felice Groppi, who is engaged in business in Weed, Siskiyou county. He was born in Italy on the 9th of November, 1895, and is a son of Alfonso and Palmira Groppi, who still live in Italy, where the father is engaged in farming. Mr. Groppi was reared at home until seventeen years of age, attending the schools of his home neighborhood, and then, in 1913, came to the United States. For several years he worked at various places, including steel mills at Pueblo, Colorado, and coal mines in New Mexico, after which he came to Weed, California, where he has since lived. Here he drove a beer wagon in pre-Volstead days, following that occupation until the United States entered the European war, when he enlisted in the One hundred and Sixtieth Regiment United States Infantry. He was in training at Camp Kearney, at San Diego, California, and subsequently was sent overseas, where he saw thirteen months of active service. He was in the thick of the fighting and was gassed, as a result of which he was in various hospitals abroad. During his fighting experiences he was with the One Hundred and Third Regiment of Infantry, attached to the Twenty-sixth Division. As soon as able to leave the hospital, he was granted a furlough and went to Italy to see his people. He returned to the United States in 1919 and was honorably discharged from the service, after which he came back to Weed and is now the owner of a well equipped soft drink parlor, in the management of which he has showed excellent business judgment, graining a large patronage and now having one of the leading places of the kind in this locality.
On July 14, 1923, Mr. Groppi was united in marriage to Miss Rosie Mazzoleni, who was born in Italy and came to the United States in 1910. Her father came to this country in 1908 and entered the employ of the McCloud Lumber Company, at McCloud, California. He is now retired and lives in Weed. Mr. and Mrs. Groppi are the parents of two children, Virginio and Robert, sons, both at home. Mr. Groppi takes a keen interest in public matters, but maintains an independent attitude in party affairs. He belongs to Weed Post, No. 71, A. L., and the Loyal Order of Moose at Weed, the Ancient United Order of Druids at Mount Shasta, and was one of the founders and is president of the Sons of Italy at Weed. Mr. Groppi is also the organizer and manager of the Weed Lions, a baseball team composed of Italian-Americans, all of whom are also members of the Sons of Italy. This team was organized in 1927, since which time he has been manager and director. His team won twelve games out of eighteen, making a very good showing. He is also serving as deputy registration clerk of Siskiyou county. Mr. Groppi recently returned from a visit to his parents in Italy, taking with him his wife and two children, and they had a very enjoyable trip. Mr. Groppi is known to everyone in Weed and, because of his kindly manner, his industrious habits and his sterling honesty, is highly regarded by all.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J. W. Major, History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 382-385. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.