Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Nicholas M. Borina, of 57 Brennan street, Watsonville, is engaged in the raising and shipping of both apples and berries. He was born in Dalmatia, Austria, December 20, 1888, his parents being Mateo and Mary Borina, worthy farmer folk. His father died in military service but his mother is still living. They never came to this country.

At the early age of eleven years Nicholas M. Borina emigrated to the United States and for a time attended evening schools in San Francisco, while he labored during the day and lived with an uncle, who already had a large family to support. From 1900 to 1907 he worked on farms, and in that latter year went to Alaska for a season. On his return to California he stopped in San Francisco, where he clerked in a grocery store and also worked for a builder. Then he came to Watsonville and for three years he had charge of a packing house. In 1911 he began business for himself in a very modest way. He had saved some money and since then has made a pronounced success. He has good orchard land, and also grows his own berries. All this is doubly creditable, for since he was a boy of seven, he has made his own way and supported his mother in the bargain. He gives employment to one hundred people and is doing an excellent business.

Mr. Borina's wife before her marriage was Miss Lucy Secundo, a native of Europe but reared here and they have had two daughters, Marian and Jane. In politics Mr. Borina is above petty partisanship and finds pleasure in supporting the best men and the best measures.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.