Louis Cairo was the son of Italian immigrants who ventured to the United States seeking the American dream. January and Peppin Cairo eventually settled with their young family in Colusa County in the early 1900’s. They had little money so the entire family worked together picking prunes until they saved enough to buy a prune orchard, then another and another.

Louis, the second youngest of 4 children, had grown into an ambitious, good looking teen. He loved living in a country where he could earn a living by providing people with excellent service. He had secured a job at the beautiful St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco as a bell hop. Louis had a gift for remembering faces and names. He was a master at making everyone feel special and important. Louis’s hobbies included being a talented dancer and vocalist. He performed with some of the popular dance bands in San Francisco.