Mariposa County History and Genealogy,CALIFORNIA

History of Merced County, California

Los Angeles, Calif.: Historic Record Co., 1925, 903 pgs.
page 882

Joseph William Spagnoli, Early Mariposa County Pioneer

photo contributed by Dave Smeds-from the collection of Mary Eliza Simmons Branson, Aunt of Joseph Spagnoli

SURNAMES:  Simmons, Peard, Branson, Parsons

Distinguished as the son\e of a pioneer family of worth,  Joseph William Spagnoli is well deserving of representation in this volume.  He is now actively engaged in the  contracting and building business in Merced, an occupation which so readily marks the wealth and proseperity of the community.  His birth occurred in a  mining camp in Mariposa county, on September 13, 1875, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth Jane (Simmons) Spagnoli.  Joseph Spagnoli, the father, came by boat from his native county of Switzerland to California in the early fifties, and mined in the mountains of Mariposa County, where he became a successful mine owner and was one of the pioneers of Mariposa county. Miss Elizabeth Jane Simmons was born in England and when a small child accompanied her parent to Australia, and was still a young girl when her parents came to California.  She was married to Joseph Spagnoli at Hornitos, Mariposa County, and is still living, having reached an advanced age.  The father  passed  away in 1915.

Joseph William Spagnoli recveived a grammar school education in Mariposa County.  Following in his father's footsteps he turned to mining pursuits and for seventeen years was thus occupied, the greater part of which was spent as a hoisting engineer in the mines. He ahd also learned the carpenter's trade, and, when he located in Merced, in 1909, he turned his attenion to this line of  occupation, and for the past five years he has been successfully engaged in the contracting and building business.

Mr. Spagnoli was united in marriage with Mriss Rose May Peard, also born in Mariposa Couonty , Cal.  Her parents were also pioneers of California, her mother, Martha Branson, crossing the plains with ox-teams inearly days, while Mr. Peard came from England.  Mr. and Mrs. Spagnoli have two children:  Iva, Mrs. Shirley Parsons, and Donald.  In politics, Mr. Spagnoli is a Democrat, and fraternally belongs to the Lodge, Encampment, canton and Rebekahs of the Odd Fellows.  For the past six years he has served as a trustee of the grammar school in Merced.

transcribed by Carolyn Feroben