Wooden wine press

The Somazzi familys wooden wine press.
The Somazzi familys wooden wine press.

My great great grandfather Joesef Somazzi immigrated to the United States in 1898 from Switzerland.
When Joesef Somazzi came to the U.S. arrived in Pennsylvania and he worked in a coal mine there for a short period of time.

Joesef arrived in Napa around 1902 for a better job. Joesef Somazzi got a job as a stone mason. Joesef built the mead ranch and a one room school house on Mount Veeder.
Joesef Somazzi left Switzerland for economic reasons and left behind his wife Matilda and his son Erio. 

In 1919 he built a house for himself on Oak Knoll avenue and had a farm and animals, this wasn't uncommon it was how many people supported themselves during that time.
Joesef went back once to visit his family and his old country. The second time he went to Switzerland to bring back his wife Matilda and son Erio from Switzerland to the United States. 
The object my story is based around is a hand carved wooden wine press. During prohibition it was moved throughout the entire Napa County to make alcohol. A large group of people would gather to move it because it was very heavy and took two people to lift. Joesef kept a large amount of wine barrels and grew grapes in the ranch he worked on during prohibition while his wife worked as a housekeeper for the ranch they worked on.

This story is a large part of my family history and is very important to me.

Place(s): Switzerland
Year: 1898

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Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child