Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 07:03:15 :
Nov. 16, 1933
Lifetime of Leadership Comes to an End With Passing of M. J. Pedrotti
The death of Mathias J. Pedrotti, civic and financial leader of Marin County, who died Thursday evening last at the Dante Sanitarium in San Francisco, ends the career of a man closely identified for many years with the growth of the county. Undergoing a serious operation on Wednesday, his condition remained favorable until the following day, when he became gradually weaker and passed away that evening.
Born in Guimogli, Switzerland, on February 24, 1860, Mr. Pedrotti came to this country as a young man. More than 35 years ago he settled at Bolinas, whee he operated a large ranch. From there he went to Del Norte County and later returned to Marin, where he purchased large holdings near Ignacio and where he maintained a very successful ranch. His herds of Brown Swiss cattle were among the best in the state.
He became a member of the board of the Bank of San Rafael in 1910 and in 1923 was named president of the bank. An authority on land values in the county, his knowledge in that direction made his services invaluable not only to the bank but to clients as well.
Mr. Pedrotti was elected a member of the board of trustees of the city of San Rafael in 1905 and was named chairman and as such was mayor of the city, having served in that capacity until 1911.
Two years after having been elected a trustee he was elected to the Board of supervisors from District No. 1 and served ..(illegible)... on a number of committees ...(illegible). His services on the board are remembered because of the vigilance which he observed in every matter which had for its purpose any project which appeaared to be unnecessarily extravagant and not warrented at the time.
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As the funeral cortege passed along Fifth avenue on its way from the church to the Tamalpais Mauseleum the chimes of the Presbyterian church played three hymns - "Lead, Kindly Light", "Abide With Me," and "Nearer, My God to Thee." Students of the San Rafael Military Academy, in dress uniform, stood at attention as the procession passed.
Honorary pallbearers were Attilo Martinelli, Charles Redding, J. A. Silveira, Dr. T. L. C. Barr, J. A. Saunders, J. Harold Dollar, August (illegible), Judge Hermann Rudolff, George P. McNear and C. C.Steve...(illegible).
(Illegible)...pallbearers, who served Mr. Pedrotti at the First National Bank, were Arthur C. Latno, William M. Crane, John R. Lethbridge, Peter McCarthy, Charles Guidici and Gene Trenam.
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