Superintendent of Farrington's Rancho
Canada de los Osos

 Bio-Pen Pictures

            Ignazio Madonna is the Superintendent of Farrington’s rancho in Cañada de los Osos, situated about eight and one-half miles east of Gilroy, which contains about 1,800 acres, devoted to farming and stock-raising.  About 200 acres are put in grain, half wheat and half barley, and at least 100 acres more could be easily farmed.  About fifty acres are cut for hay, principally barley.  The balance is pasture land covered with clover alfilaria.  The ranch sustains about 250 head of stock, chiefly of the Norman grade of horses and the Nutwood trotting stock.  The new ranch residence was erected in 1887.

            Mr. Madonna was born in Switzerland, November 2, 1854, his parents being Señor Simone and Mary Madonna.  The subject of this sketch was reared there, attending school until fourteen years old and then working on a farm till 1874, when, at the age of twenty, he emigrated to America and came to California via New York.  He located in Calaveras County and engaged in farming and mining for four years, and then went to Douglas County, Nevada, ranching there five years, and thence to Esmeralda County, where he remained two years.  In March, 1885, he came to Santa Clara County and entered the employ of William Farrington, and in the spring of 1886 went to the present ranch, of which he is now the Superintendent.  He is a member of the I. O. O. F., belonging to Genoa Lodge, No. 15, in Douglas County, Nevada.

Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.
Pg. 344-345
Transcribed by Kathy Sedler
Proofread by Betty Vickroy


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