MG Timeline

  • 1859

    Stephano, now 15, decides to join his older brother in California to help on the farm, where they find the apples grown here are of exceptional quality. Read More
  • 1850

    Stephano’s older brother, Luigi, struggled to earn a living in his hometown and decided to leave Switzerland. He set sail for California and the prospect of the Gold Rush. He reached San Francisco, and eventually made his way to the temperate and fertile Pajaro Valley (modern day Watsonville) to farm… Read More
  • 1843

    Stephano Martinelli is born in the Martinelli family home in Valley Maggia, Switzerland. He is the youngest of eight children born here. Read More