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My paternal grandfather in his home in Calpella, California, in late December 1954. Born February 1874 in Murialdo, Italy; married a local girl in 1901. Arrived New York July 1904. After getting settled in Northern California, sent for my grandmother (age 24), father (age 4) and uncle (age 2) in 1906. Naturalized in 1914, then a year later purchased a ranch in Calpella, built a house, and grew wine grapes for nearly 40 years. A couple years before this was taken he sold the ranch and moved next door to this house. He died in August 1961, aged 87. He was always Grandpa to me, but his given name was Agostino. Photo by my brother or sister. View full size.