The Valley of Heart's Delight

Ben/ Battiste
Owner of Junction House, Mountain View California

This date of this card is not known- possibly before Mr Anzini began running the establishment
 Dave Sullivan Prop. and A.C. McKeough as Mgr.
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As the proprietor  of the Junction House on the state highway at the junction of El Monte Avenue and the highway (ed note- in Mountain View on El Camino as it is still commonly known), Ben Anzini contributes very materially to the comfort and convenience of the thousands who traverse the state highway.  The house was built in 1906 by his brother, Victor Anzini, and the ten acres surrounding it planted to prunes and apricots.  This summer and winter resort is well built and up-to-date and is conveniently and beautifully located.  A native of Switzerland, Ben Anzini was born an Menzoni, Canton Ticino, January, 6, 1874,  the son of Piertro and Lucia (Grandi) Anzini.  The parents were married in Switzerland and in 1865 the father left alone for America and settled first in Marin County and remained there until 1870.  They were the parents of three children:  Victor, Ben and Luisa.  The parents owned the home in Switzerland and there it was that the father died at the age of seventy-four; the mother still lives at the old home, aged eighty-nine.  Ben Anzini grew up and attended the schools of Switzerland and learned to speak the Italian language.  His brother Victor preceded him to California, arriving in 1882, and on November 19, 1891, Ben landed at San Francisco.  He worked around on dairy farms for ten years for wages and in 1901 went into the dairy business with a partner for two years; then for the next three yeas became the sole proprietor, milking from 250 to 260 cows, besides operating a creamery.

On October 12, 1903 he was married to Miss Clelia Berri, a daughter of Victor/ Vittore  and Angelina Berri.  She was born and reared in Marin County, Cal., and was the youngest of a family of five children.  Her mother died when she was only two years old, and later her father married Mrs. Marianna Silacci.  He immigrated to California in an early day, and became a large dairy farmer and well-to-do, his dairy supporting 250 cows, which he ran forty-four years; then retired to Petaluma, Sonoma, County, where he died.

 The dairy farm which Mr. Anzini rented contained 2,003 acres, knows as the Tomasini ranch in Marin County.  After disposing of his diary business for the next five months when he sold out and in 1907 took his wife for a trip through Switzerland, also visiting France and Italy.  Upon their return, he bought back his business in Petaluma and operated it until 1915.  He invested some of his earnings in city property in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, which he still owns.  On May 13, 1913, he purchased the Junction House from his brother and rented it our at first, but for the past five years he and his wife have conducted it.  He was naturalized in San Francisco in 1901, and in national politics he is a Republican. He belongs to the Eagles No. 333 of Petaluma, and he and Mrs. Anzini are members of the Catholic Church of Mountain View.

Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1204