Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Steve C. Breschmi is a retired citizen of Salinas, prominent among the retired of Monterey county, and one who enjoys the confidence, esteem and good will of a wide circle of acquaintances. A native of Switzerland, he was born September 4, 1870, and having started with certain advantages of boyhood in the sturdy little republic, he grew up to have enterprise enough to borrow the money with which to migrate to America, at the age of eighteen. He pushed on to California, and arrived at Monterey on February 15, 1888. Here he worked in the dairy of Bob Saliacci, in the Alisal district, the first year, receiving a wage of twenty dollars per month and later twenty-five dollars. After two years, he was given profitable employment in his uncle's dairy. In the same county, were two of his brothers, John and Ben, with whom in 1894 Mr. Breschini bought out Peter Taglio, at Blanco. He conducted a dairy for two years on the Bardin Ranch after which he sold out his share of that ranch, rented his uncle's pace two miles distant and ran a dairy. After that, he engaged in sugar-beet and potato farming and so successful was he that he grew seven thousand sacks of potatoes on one hundred acres in one year and two thousand five hundred tons of sugar-beets from the same land the next year. He sold potatoes for from 45 cents to 55 cents per sack, and received four dollars per ton for his beets. For thirteen years he was also engaged in the dairying on the McCoy rancho near Gonzales, in Monterey county, paying a rental of ten dollars per acre. For fourteen years he followed farming and then sold out to his brother Brazil, and in 1907, with his brother Jonn, bought the property at the corner of Alisal and Main streets, in Salinas. This is known as the Pacific Hall Building, and he still owns this valuable realty. In 1918, he established the Moss Rose Dairy on Main street, in Salinas, and from there he conducted a milk route in Salinas. In 1920, he erected the modern business block which bears his name on East Alisal street, in November of that year selling out his business in the Moss Rose Creamery to J. G. Dietrich. Now, retired from active labor, he is the center of an appreciative circle, all of whom are glad that he and his devoted wife are permitted to take it easier in their declining years.

On December 11, 1904, Mr. Breschini was married to Miss Dena Catti, also a native of Switzerland, and they have two attractive children: Walter, aged eighteen, in the high school, and Katherline, aged twelve. Three times, in 1903, 1914 and 1921, Mr. Breschini revisited Switzerland, looking up old home associations, the scenes of his boyhood and youth, and the faces or places of old, dear friends, but each time the proverbial lure of California brought him back to the Golden state and the shores of the Pacific; nor has he ever regretted that he repeatedly cast his lines here. He is a member of the Catholic church and gives his political allegiance to the republican party.

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.