Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Edward B. Rilovich, a well known fruit shipper of 815 Main street, Watsonville, was born in Dalmatia, October 19, 1889, the son of Paul and Katerina Rilovich, worthy people who did the best they could under the far less favorable environment of the overcrowded Old World.

Trained in the ordinary schools of Dalmatia, Edward B. Rilovich continued his studies on reaching California, attending night school in Watsonville. He crossed the ocean in 1907 and making his way west first located at Los Angeles and from there he went to San Francisco and to San Mateo. In the latter place, he was for a while in the cement trade, and then was with the T. A. Burns Company as a salesman. In 1910 he came to Watsonville for a short time but later returned to San Mateo county where he remained until 1912 when the firm of Rilovich & Sresovich Company was formed. They carry on business of both packing and shipping fruits and make a specialty of handling apples. They are members of the Chamber of Commerce, the Western Fruit Jobbers, the International Apple Shippers, and are associated with the Fruit Produce Reporter.

Mr. Rilovich married Miss Nina Helen Petrusick, and they have two children, Rita and Lucretia. He has attained to the third degree in the Knights of Columbus, is actively interested in local civic affairs, and is ever ready to advance the interests of both town and county.

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.