Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Peter Costella, who first saw the light on December 2, 1897, was born in the old Garibaldi Hotel at Santa Cruz and is a son of John and Delphina Costella, natives of Italy. He combines in his nature and his culture so admirably the best traits of Italy with those of the more wide-awake western America that he may be regarded as an eminently interesting example of the Europeans who have brought a definite contribution toward the development of California, although his connection with the old world is through his esteemed parents.

Peter Costella attended the parochial school at Santa Cruz, and when school days were a pleasant memory of the past, he went to work on the home ranch for his father. At that time his brother, John, was manager, but when his country called for aid he enlisted in the American army and made the supreme sacrifice, dying from illness during the World war, so that today his name is inscribed high upon the roll of honor. Peter Costella then assumed charge of the property, stepping into the responsibility John had so well discharged for fifteen years. Now he, too, takes things easier, younger persons assisting to solve the problems of the hour. As a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, he rejoices in what has been accomplished in the Golden state, and he takes a live interest in certain political issues but holds himself independent of party ties.

On the 3rd of April, 1917, Mr. Costella married Miss Edith Marini, the ceremony taking place at Santa Cruz. The bride is a native of California, and she, too, is the center of a circle of friends. They have one child, a daughter, Dorothy. Mr. Costella is a Druid, and he also belongs to the Italian Benevolent Association and participates in the good work for others done by that well managed organization.

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.