CAGNAZZI, Giovanni

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CAGNACCI, Giovanni [John] (c. 1877- ) Italian-born Santa Cruz Island Company employee.

The 1920 census lists Giovanni Cognazzi, 43, Italian-born of Italian parents, single, a hired man living on Santa Cruz Island with:


The 1930 census lists John Cagnazzi, 53, Italian-born of Italian parents, single, lodger, living on Santa Cruz Island with:


In the News~

November 7, 1916 [SCICo]: “Cagnazzi reports that a ewe was slaughtered at Smugglers and taken away. We are losing sheep all the time but have been unable to identify anyone…”

February 4, 1917 [SCICo]: “At Scorpion fence repairs are being done. Cagnazzi is leaving on this trip for a week. He wanted to go last fall, but we persuaded him to stay until there were fewer fishermen about.”

February 21, 1917 [SCICo]: “The schooner left for Santa Barbara on February 14th at 8:20 A.M. with Cagnazzi and four sows.”

March 19, 1917 [SCICo]: “Cagnazzi reports that a cow and yearling calf were killed at Smugglers during the last week and taken away. At the present price of meat this business might prove profitable to some of those fishermen.”

May 4, 1917 [SCICo]: “Shearing is in progress at Scorpion. The alfalfa has been cut and raked and the Campo Maximo is now being mowed. Cagnazzi has been drinking and had things pretty badly stirred up when the superintendent arrived with the vaqueros. Cagnazzi is not at the main ranch, his feelings being hurt because the superintendent took two bottles of whiskey away from him.”

May 9, 1917 [SCICo]: “Cagnazzi, having gone on another trip and having raised quite a disturbance, we sent him to Christy and have installed Mauri at Scorpion.”

June 9, 1917 [SCICo]: “All the wool is over from Scorpion and Cagnazzi is making daily trips with all that from Christy.”

July 16, 1917 [SCICo]: “Brombal and Cagnazzi threatened to leave unless they are paid more money. Brombal wanted $45 and we compromised with him at a rate of $40 per month while he was engaged in cooper and blacksmith work. Cagnazzi wanted $35 which we agreed to give him beginning August 1.”

August 14, 1917 [SCICo]: “Cagnazzi is going to San Francisco for a few days.”

August 28, 1917 [SCICo]: “Cagnazzi returned on the schooner last trip and announced that he was going to work for Avery in Santa Barbara at $50 per month, and board. We thought it was whiskey talk, but it is official and he is leaving on this trip. We are making Cavalli foreman at Christy.”

September 4, 1917 [SCICo]: “…It was a very good thing when Cagnazzi left us and the same might apply to Mauri…”

September 20, 1917 [SCICo]: “In a previous report we mentioned the launch Sunset as having been seen with a portion of a sheep. The man who is said to have done the actual killing is Daniel Rayes and lives on 11th Street in San Pedro. In the party was Larry Lynch, the captain of the Sunset. This occurred on September 5th at Smugglers and the carrying of the meat was witnessed by Mauri and Cagnazzi.”

January 29, 1918 [SCICo]: “Cagnazzi is leaving for a few days.”

November 5, 1918 [SCICo]: “Bortolazzo and Cagnazzi are going to Santa Barbara with their draft questionnaire.”

July 22, 1920 [SCICo]: “I expect Cagnazzi and Camarillo back by this trip of the schooner and the latter says he can bring several men from Ventura with him.”

July 27, 1920 [SCICo]: “Schooner arrived 1 P.M. July 26 bringing Mr. Troup, Mr. Brown and Mr. Church to the island. It also brought Cagnazzi, Triana, Carlos Espinosa, Tom Ward returning to work, and Leo Guerara, a new man.”