Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Paul G. Miladin, one of the well known and successful fruit growers, packers and shippers of this section of California, with headquarters at Watsonville, where he is well established in business, is of European birth but has been a resident of this country and of California since the days of his boyhood and is thus thoroughly familiar with conditions here, one of the most capably experienced men in his line. Mr. Miladin was born in the then crown land of Dalmatia, a titular kingdom in the Cisleithan division of the then dual kingdom and empire of Austria-Hungary, August 29, 1878, and is a son of Peter and Catherine Miladin, both of whom now are deceased. Peter Miladin was a farmer and all his life was spent in his native land.

Reared on the home farm in Dalmatia, Paul G. Miladin received his education in the village schools of the neighborhood and remained at home until he was sixteen years of age, when, in 1894, he came to America and presently made his way to California, locating in this section of the coast country. He began working here at such labor as his hands found to do, giving particular preference to the fruit growing industry, and for some time after his arrival attended night school at Watsonville with a view of learning more rapidly of the language of his adopted country, for he early decided that California was to be his permanent home.

By industry and frugality Mr. Miladin made progress in his affairs and in 1906 found himself in a position to engage in business as a grower and packer on his own account, becoming the proprietor of a profitable orchard in the immediate vicinity of Watsonville. In 1904 he formed a partnership with Anton Balich in an extension of these interests and the firm thus organized has ever since been engaged in business as growers, packers and shippers and has done very well, one of the most successful firms of the kind in the locality. Mr. Miladin is a member of the Watsonville Chamber of Commerce and takes a good citizen's interest in the' general affairs of the community, helpful in promoting all movements having to do with the best development of those interests. He was reared in the faith of the Roman Catholic church, is devoted to the service of the church, and is a member of the Watsonville council of the Knights of Columbus, in the affairs of which organization he has long taken an earnest interest.

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.