Our ranch has seen much evolution in the 100+ years it has been in existence. When Angelo Poncia first immigrated to California from Italy in 1896, he worked on some other ranches in Marin County and eventually found his way to work for the Fallon family on what is now Stemple Creek Ranch. Angelo had a cow dairy, pigs, chickens, and grew potatoes and fruit for personal use and for sale to the San Francisco markets.
The narrow gauge railroad came right through our property and stopped in the little town of Fallon to pick up local ranch goods to transport them to Tiburon where they would be ferried across San Francisco bay into the city.
The Poncia family continued in the dairy business until 1989 when they sold the dairy cows and started ramping up a commercial beef cattle operation. The matriarch of the family, Jennie “Noni” Poncia, also had a couple of pet sheep that turned out to become a full-blown sheep operation. For many years Jennie and her son Al ran the beef and sheep operation together. Jennie, a great lover of all animals and working on the ranch as well as in her garden, puttered on the ranch and helped take care of animals well into her late 80’s. Jennie passed away in 2012 at the age of 92. Al still lives on the ranch with his wife Cathie, although Al has traded in his pick-up truck for a motorcycle and motorhome.
Al and Cathie have turned the reins over to their son Loren and his wife Lisa, who started Stemple Creek Ranch in 2007.