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Thomas Frederick Tavernetti, born Tomaso Frederico Tavernetti (December 23, 1889 – December 23, 1934), was the son of Swiss immigrants who was a key person involved in the establishment of the University of California, Davis.
The last name "Tavernetti" is an Italian last name that points to the profession of an Innkeeper or Tavern owner, according to a family seal issued by the Swiss Government. Thomas Tavernetti was born on December 23, 1889 on a ranch near Gonzales, California. His parents were Swiss immigrants from Moghegno, Switzerland. His father was Paul Tavernetti was the son of Giovanni Battista Tavernetti, an unsuccessful "Forty Niner" of the California Gold Rush. Paul was born in Moghegno in 1854 and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1880s. His wife, Giagonda Rianda, came to the U.S. about a year later. Thomas was the second of twelve children, two of which died during birth. When he was young, Tom worked on the family farm in Salinas, California. Hunter Lane, as it was called, was also where the family home was. There was also a large ranch on Natividad Road which raised cattle. After schooling in Salinas, Thomas attended school at the University of California, Berkeley.
A tavern is a place of business where people gather to drink alcoholic beverages and be served food, and in most cases, where travelers receive lodging. An inn is a tavern that has a license to put up guests as lodgers. The word derives from the Latin taberna whose original meaning was a shed, workshop, stall, or pub.
Gonzales is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. Gonzales is located 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Salinas, at an elevation of 135 feet. The population was 8,187 at the 2010 census, up from 7,525 at the 2000 census. Gonzales is a member of the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments.
Moghegno is a village and former municipality in the district of Vallemaggia in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland.
Thomas finished schooling at UC Berkeley in 1913, majoring in agriculture. After graduating, Thomas began working at the UC agriculture center in Davis, California. In Davis, Thomas assisted in the foundation of the UC Farm Station, which later became the University of California, Davis. He served as Assistant Dean of Agriculture from 1922-1934. In 1934, though, he died of pneumonia on his 45th birthday.
Agriculture is the science and art of cultivating plants and livestock. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that enabled people to live in cities. The history of agriculture began thousands of years ago. After gathering wild grains beginning at least 105,000 years ago, nascent farmers began to plant them around 11,500 years ago. Pigs, sheep and cattle were domesticated over 10,000 years ago. Plants were independently cultivated in at least 11 regions of the world. Industrial agriculture based on large-scale monoculture in the twentieth century came to dominate agricultural output, though about 2 billion people still depended on subsistence agriculture into the twenty-first.
Davis, known prior to 1907 as Davisville, is a city in the U.S. state of California and the most populous city in Yolo County. It had a population of 65,622 in 2010, not including the on-campus population of the University of California, Davis, which was over 9,400 in 2016. As of 2016, there were 35,186 students enrolled at the university.
Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung affecting primarily the small air sacs known as alveoli. Typically symptoms include some combination of productive or dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Severity is variable.
There is a bell hung in his memory in the front of Aggie Stadium in Davis. After UC Davis football victories, the California Aggie Marching Band-uh! rings the bell once for every point scored during the game. The bell, referred to as the Tavernetti Bell (also known as the "Victory Bell"), was hung in his honor by UC Davis Alumni. With the construction of Aggie stadium, the bell followed from its previous location at the old site on Toomey field in 2007.The bell came from the Spreckles grade school that Tavernetti attended for his schooling. After its abandonment, the school's bell was taken to Davis where it is still used today.
Aggie Stadium is a 10,743-seat multi-purpose stadium on the University of California, Davis campus in unincorporated Yolo County, California. It opened on April 1, 2007 and is the home to the UC Davis Aggies football and women's lacrosse teams, as well as semi-professional soccer club FC Davis of the National Premier Soccer League. It replaced Toomey Field. Plans call for the stadium to eventually be built out to 30,000 seats. The field at Aggie Stadium is named Jim Sochor Field, after their College Football Hall of Fame coach.
The UC Davis Aggies football team represents the University of California, Davis in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) intercollegiate competition. The UC Davis football program began competing in 1915, and has fielded a team each year since with the exception of 1918 during World War I and from 1943 to 1945 during World War II, when the campus, then known as the University Farm, was shut down. UC Davis competed as a member of the NCAA College Division through 1972. From 1973 to 2006, the Aggies competed within the NCAA Division II. In 2007, UC Davis promoted its football program to the Division I FCS level, and joined the Great West Conference. UC Davis has secured a total of 30 conference championships. Between 1929 and 1992, the Aggies captured 27 outright or shared Northern California Athletic Conference championships, including 20 in a row from 1971 to 1990. In 1993, UC Davis shared the American West Conference title, and in 2005 and 2009, the Aggies have won the Great West Conference.
Spreckels is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the Salinas Valley of Monterey County, California, United States. Spreckels is located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Salinas, at an elevation of 62 feet. The population was 673 at the 2010 census, up from 485 at the 2000 census.
Thomas' son, Thomas Jr., was a World War II pilot who received many awards while serving his country. He shot down four enemy planes and was awarded the Flying Cross for his efforts. Tavernetti was the first of many in his family to be educated through the UC System. Four of his brothers attended UC Berkeley, three of whom took classes at the University Farm, which later became UC Davis. Thomas' nephew and surrogate son, Burton Anderson, also attended UC Berkeley. All three of Anderson's children attended UC Berkeley as well. One of his grandsons, too, recently graduated from the school, thus making Thomas the first of four generations at UC Berkeley. Three of Anderson's granddaughters attended UCLA. Another of Anderson's grandsons attended UC Davis as well. Anderson's son-in-law attended UC Davis.
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the U.S. state of California. Under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, the University of California is a part of the state's three-system public higher education plan, which also includes the California State University system and the California Community Colleges System.
The University of California, Davis, is a public research university and land-grant university adjacent to Davis, California. It is part of the University of California (UC) system and has the third-largest enrollment in the UC System after UCLA and UC Berkeley. The institution was founded as a branch in 1909 and became its own separate entity in 1959. It has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies", a publicly funded university considered to provide a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.
The Oski Yell is the University of California Berkeley spirit yell from which Cal's mascot, Oski the Bear, derives his name. Although Oski appeared in 1941, the yell was first performed around the turn of the 20th century. The yell's origins are uncertain, although the University of Illinois originated a similar yell in 1899. Another early version is credited to Vince Wirtz, who led a similar cheer beginning in the 1920s at football games for Hamilton, Ontario teams.
Gregorio Billikopf is a mediator, author, and since 1981, a farm advisor specializing in labor management for the University of California, Davis. In May 2005, Billikopf accepted a visiting faculty appointment as an honorary professor of agricultural labor management at the University of Chile in Santiago. Billikopf is a frequent national and international speaker in his field.
Students of the University of California at Davis who attend sporting events can join the Aggie Pack, the largest student-run university spirit organization in the United States. The Aggie Pack was started in 1992 as an attempt to increase attendance at games and events, and was successful. Membership is free and automatic for students, offers chances to win merchandise and food, and provides a very raucous encouragement to the athletes. Students band together as one large group, invent cheers, and support the UC Davis Aggies with their enthusiasm. In past recent years, the more energetic members of the Pack, known as Aggie Pack Extremists, tended to dress up in elaborate yale blue and gold costumes and dairy cow makeup. One Aggie Pack cheer is "Go Ags!".
The California Aggie is a weekly newspaper distributed in the Davis, California area. It is staffed entirely by UC Davis students and is the official campus newspaper.
Picnic Day is an annual open house event held in April at the University of California, Davis. Picnic Day was first held on May 22, 1909. It has grown to be what is believed to be the largest student-run event in the United States, typically drawing more than 50,000 visitors. In 2009, around 125,000 visitors attended Picnic Day – a new attendance record.
Claude Burton Hutchison was a botanist, agricultural economist, educator, and Mayor of the City of Berkeley, California from 1955 to 1963.
The Davis Men's Crew Club is a collegiate sports club representing the University of California, Davis in rowing. As a non-funded team, it is a member of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA), whose participants are mostly of non-Pac-10 schools on the West Coast. Nationwide, the team is one of the most successful collegiate rowing club programs in the United States, making periodic appearances in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championships, the Eastern College Athletic Conference and, more recently, the American Collegiate Rowing Association national championships. Notable alumni include Seth Weil, who rowed in the USA men's coxless four at the 2016 Rio Olympics and who holds two world rowing championship first place titles in the mens four; as well as Carlo Facchino who holds a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for the fastest Pacific Ocean crossing from Monterey, CA to Honolulu, Hawaii with a time of 39 days, 9 hours and 56 minutes.
Luis Alejo is an American politician who served in the California State Assembly representing the 30th Assembly District, encompassing the Pajaro and Salinas valleys.
Harrison Richard Wellman was professor of agricultural economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and became acting president of the University of California in 1967.
John Washington Gilmore was an American agronomist, educator and academic administrator who served as the first president of the University of Hawaii from 1908–1913.
Amy Block Joy is Cooperative Extension Specialist, Emeritus at the University of California, Davis best known for exposing fraudulent activity in a California nutrition education program. She specializes in nutrition and health disparities of diverse populations, nutritional ecology, and ethics. She is an author and advocate for whistleblowers and employee rights.
The 1929 Cal Aggies football team represented the Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture in the 1929 college football season.The team was known as either the Cal Aggies or California Aggies, and competed in the Far Western Conference (FWC).
The 1932 Cal Aggies football team represented the Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture in the 1932 college football season. The team was known as either the Cal Aggies or California Aggies, and competed in the Far Western Conference (FWC).
The 1921 University Farm football team represented University Farm in the 1921 college football season. Although University Farm was the formal name for the school and team, in many newspaper articles from the time it was called "Davis Farm". The team had no nickname in 1921, with the "Aggie" term being introduced in 1922.