Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A popular enterprise that must prove most interesting is that of John Faraola, who owns and manages the pleasure boats putting out from Pleasure Wharf at Santa Cruz, in which town he was born, January 18, 1869, the son of Dominic and Bessie (Herman) Faraola. The father was a pioneer who arrived here about 1850, accompanying T. Simmons and A. Palidino, early fishermen. He passed away nearly fifty years ago, but Mrs. Faraola has survived him, the center of a circle of devoted friends.

John Faraola obtained his education in the country schools and when only twelve years of age became a bell boy in a hotel. He was gradually advanced and continued to be associated with hotels until many years afterward. He started work in the old Douglas House and then entered the service of the Pacific Ocean House. When a lad of fifteen he showed some proficiency as a baseball player and getting a position at the St. James Hotel as night clerk, he was enabled to play with the J. W. Spring Base Ball Club. He also spent a year at the Vendome Hotel, in San Jose; was with the Lewis House at Watsonville for three years; and for two years was at the Mansion House in the same city.

His next venture was in the business of leasing and running pleasure boats at Santa Cruz for three years and then he and his brother, Sunday Faraola established a wholesale and retail fish business. When this partnership was dissolved, our subject took the pleasure boat concession, and now he has five fine vessels. They are used for outings by the general public and occasionally for the more prosaic occupations of the fish-packers. Mr. Faraola maintains a keen interest in athletic sports, and this is second only to his devotion to business. He supports the republican party.

Mr. Faraola married, in Santa Cruz, in September, 1898, Miss Hattie Maxey, of Rockland, Maine, and their family consists of three children: Eva, John Faraola, Jr., and Marcelia, now Mrs. Francis Murray, of Los Angeles. There are also three grandchildren.

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.