Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An experienced apple grower who has also become a successful packer and shipper, is P. Peter Capitanich, of 61 Brennan street, Watsonville. An Austrian by birth, he was born in Dalmatia, February 2, 1880, the son of Peter and Nellie Capitanich, substantial and worthy farmers, who made the most comfortable home for their family that they could. Both are now deceased.

P. Peter Capitanich attended school in the old country, and it was in June, 1903, that he reached the United States. He came to California and began work as a packer. Later he was foreman on the Del Monte ranch for nine years and then bought a tract of land, planted to apricots. On selling that he came to Watsonville, where he engaged in growing, packing and shipping fruit, in which he has been quite successful. He is a republican in matters of national politics, and that may be taken to mean, perhaps, that Mr. Capitanich believes in protecting industries once well founded by the best laws and the best administration of law one can devise. In religious faith he is a Catholic.

Mr. Capitanich married Miss Clara Larkin, a daughter of J. J. Larkin, of Watsonville. Her father came here at the age of sixteen, with his uncle, James Larkin, after whom Larkin valley was named. Mrs. Larkin crossed the plains in a train of six hundred wagons in 1861 and they met here and were married. They reared a family of fourteen children and now live retired in San Francisco. Mr. and Mrs. Capitanich have two children, Margaret and Bobby.

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.