Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Frank Pedemonte is a fruit grower of both experience and enterprise, whose success, the result of intelligent forethought and practical industry and thrift, has encouraged others working in the same field. He was born in Italy, May 22, 1857, the son of J. Giacomo and Maria Pedemonte, worthy folks in their time who did what they could for their family. The father died in the land of his nativity but it was Mrs. Pedemonte's fortune to come across the ocean and see the New World of her son's adoption, and here, on these western shores, to breathe her last in comfort and quiet.

Frank Pedemonte did not have the same opportunities for a schooling that most boys everywhere enjoy, but he managed to pick up here and there the rudiments of education, so that when he emigrated to America about 1875, he was better equipped for the struggle than might be imagined. He came to Santa Cruz, California, and first worked as a helper on a ranch. At the end of eight years he was able to buy a farm as the result of his labor and savings. With his brothers, he bought a large tract of vegetable gardens, and when, at length a division was made of the valuable property, he acquired nine acres as his portion. This choice section he planted to fruit, and with such discrimination that he has finally developed a very attractive fruit ranch. He likes his home, although he has never married and when he wanders away, it is to feast his eyes on the natural attractions of Santa Cruz county.

In national politics Mr. Pedemonte has held himself above mere party limitations, and he has therefore been able to exert a greater influence with his fellow countrymen, aiding them to become good American citizens. It is natural, as a consequence, that Frank Pedemonte should always have the cordial hand extended to him by fellow ranchers, and that he should long ago have been made to feel that he is highly appreciated here for his real worth.

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.