Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


The Big Tree macaroni enterprise of Peter George Giuliani, with its finely-appointed and most sanitary factory at 15 Eagle street, Santa Cruz, ought never to want for popular favor, especially in this Pacific commonwealth of California, where nature is the pride of the native, and everything huge appeals to the imagination of old settler and newcomer alike. Mr. Giuliani was born in Lucca, Italy, March 7, 1882, the son of Joseph and Oliva Giuliani, and he grew up in a merchant's family, his father, who is still living, having been active in trade. The mother is now deceased, mourned by seven children, two of whom are still in Italy.

The third eldest child in this family is Peter George Giuliani, who made good in the schools of his native district in Italy and for some years worked for his father. At the age of seventeen, he crossed the Atlantic to the United States, and soon afterward made his way across the American continent, reaching San Jose, California. There he stayed for a year; and in 1900 he came to Santa Cruz. He worked on neighboring farms for a time and at the end of a year went to Soquel, where he spent eighteen months. Next he was in a sawmill and logging camps for four years. Then, for twelve years, he conducted the Universal Hotel, and it was not until 1917 that he established his present undertaking as a manufacturer of the Big Tree macaroni. Now his products are sold along the coast in response to the increasing demand. Mr. Giuliani is public-spirited and ready to do anything that he can to bring about moral and civic improvements in Santa Cruz. In national politics he is a republican, and believes in protection to and fostering of American business and industry.

Mr. Giuliani married Miss Gugliemina Piffero. He has three children by a former marriage. Fraternally he belongs to the Order of Druids.

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.