Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


George J. Carstulovich, the smiling and genial proprietor of the Saddle Rock Cafe, at 73 Pacific avenue, Santa Cruz, was born March 12, 1877, in Dalmatia, a son of Antone and Margarete Carstulovich. Three sons of the family came to this country, including John, who emigrated to America before our subject was born, and they did not meet until 1905. The other brother to choose the United States as his home was Pete.

George Carstulovich attended both the grammar and the high schools in Dalmatia, and then entered the University of Agriculture, where he pursued practical courses for five years. At the age of twenty-eight years he crossed the ocean to the United States, having already served the time required of him by his home government in the army, and here he joined his brothers in the cafe business. Later one of the trio returned to the old country and sold one-half of his interest to George, and in 1911 John died. George Carstulovich then continued to conduct the cafe for the estate but in 1914 came into possession of the whole property. The Saddle Rock Cafe is the second oldest restaurant in Santa Cruz, having been opened thirty-five years ago by George Dobelich and in its management are now employed eight people. Mr. Carstulovich is fond of outdoor life and given to hunting. Fraternally he is a member of the Foresters and the Eagles, and in national politics he is a democrat but his interest is so keen in all that pertains to the welfare of Santa Cruz county that he never allows partisanship to interefere with his endorsement of the best men and the best measures. Being public-spirited to a high degree, he is ready at all times to assist in forwarding any movement for the public good.

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.