Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Unqualified commendation is deserved by the man who through his own honest efforts overcomes all impediments and presses steadily onward to the goal of prosperity. Such a one is Andrew Strazicich, a prominent member of the Dalmatian colony of Watsonville and one of the city's substantial business men. He was born in Austria in 1872 and was reared on a farm, forming habits of industry and thrift which constitute the basis of success in every vocation in life. Following the example of his two brothers, he came to Watsonville as a young man, arriving in this city in 1891, and like them was handicapped by lack of funds and ignorance of the language and customs of the American people. He spent four days in Watsonville and then went to work for his cousin, who was the proprietor of the Saddle Rock Restaurant on Pacific avenue in Santa Cruz.

On his return to Watsonville Mr. Strazicich formed a partnership with his brother George, who had built the Railroad Exchange Hotel on Walker street. They were associated for nine years in the conduct of one of the pioneer hotels of this district and the subject of this sketch then acquired control of the California Restaurant on Main street, which he operated for four years. He next became owner of the City Grocery, also located on Main street, and now conducts a similar store at the corner of West Lake avenue and Walker street. Since establishing his home in Watsonville, Mr. Strazicich has always been in business for himself and manifests the executive force, the keen sagacity and progressive spirit which characterizes the members of this family. He has firm faith in the future of the city and has made judicious investments in local real estate.

Mr. Strazicich has four children: Lena, who was graduated from the Moreland Notre Dame Academy at Watsonville, after which she completed a commercial course, and is now a member of the clerical force of the Pajaro Valley Mercantile Company; Angela, who also finished her education in the Moreland Notre Dame Academy at Watsonville; and Irene and Lucille, both of whom are high school students.

Mr. Strazicich is identified with the Fraternal Order of Eagles and acts as secretary of the local lodge of the National Croatian Society of America, which maintains its headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has fifty thousand members and is one of the largest and strongest foreign societies in the United States. Mr. Strazicich organized the Watsonville lodge of this organization, which now has eighty members, and its affairs are in a very prosperous condition. He is a self-made man who has made the most of his opportunities, and a life of industry, integrity and usefulness has earned for him the respect, confidence and goodwill of his fellow citizens.

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.