De Ferrari Family – Memories of Times Past


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Groveland’s own Carlo M. De Ferrari is the author of a book about his hometown and his family which has deep roots in the area. Carlo spent five years putting together this important contribution to local history, researching his roots all the way back to 11th century Italy and his mother’s Scotch/Irish ancestors to the East Coast in the early 1700s. This entertaining and informative genealogy highlights interesting members of his family, how and why they made their way West, eventually winding up in California’s gold fields.  The book covers the Roaring Twenties in Groveland when the town was wide open and full of Hetch Hetchy employees and the vast water and electrical project’s headquarters and railroad. The Great Depression years were difficult for local families and businesses, but there seemed to be something interesting going on in town and work to be done on the area’s many ranches. Indexed. Hardbound with dust jacket. 2013. 394 pages. ISBN 978098595700.