Category Archives: Dante Dianda

I ran this photo in an earlier post. On the right stands Dante Dianda, the “Artichoke King” whose ranch was located in El Granada. But I did not know who the man beside him was. The photo was given to … Continue reading

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Meet Ron Schmidt, Grandson of Dante "The Artichoke King" Dianda

Photos: at left, Dante Dianda, El Granada’s “Artichoke King” with unidentified woman and Alessio Mearini. Mearini was born in Arezzo, Italy and immigrated to the U.S. in 1914. He ws a partner and cook at Dianda’s ranch. Alessio Mearini stands … Continue reading

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Dante Dianda: The Artichoke King

( Photo: Dante Dianda at right with unknown man.) Dianda, better known as “the artichoke king”, farmed the fields of El Granada in the earlier part of the 20th century. Below: Dianda, left, with an unidentified couple.

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