Rasmeo Mariscotti was a hard worker; that’s why he left his job with the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Co. and went to work on the Roberts Ranch, which later became the Sherman Thomas Ranch. It represented a climb up the economic ladder. If only his wife, Pearl, had not killed those chickens.
Actually, Pearl was only doing her job. She was the cook on the ranch, and on that fateful day she decided to prepare chicken for the hired hands, since there was nothing else to cook. This meant that she would have to go to the barnyard for the birds, which she did.
The crew ate heartily and enjoyed the meal, but the owner was not exactly enthralled. Mrs. Mariscotti had not asked permission to kill his chickens, so both Pearl and Rasmeo lost their jobs.
At the time, it must have been a bit disconcerting, but in the end, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. After all, if Pearl had not killed those chickens, there might not be a Vineyard Restaurant in Madera today...