Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Important among the industrial concerns of Monterey county is the well known establishment of the A. Paladini Company, whose progressive manager, Jesse A. Zanetta, has contributed not a little to its enviable success. A native of Monterey, born July 5, 1888, he entered the family circle of Ferdinand and Fidela (Hinkle) Zanetta, both representatives of old and long-honored families. Mrs. Zanetta's father was the oldest stage driver of this section and a grandfather of Jesse A. Zanetta once conducted the hotel at San Juan, and also the Washington Hotel in Monterey. He came to California in 1846, lived under the Mexican regime and died under the Stars and Stripes in 1888. Ferdinand Zanetta, born at San Juan, grew up to follow the hotel business. Both he and his wife are still living.

Jesse A. Zanetta attended both the public schools and the San Carlos Convent and after finishing the high school course at Monterey, he fo.lowed the sea during the war. He then turned his attention to the fish business, to which he has devoted the subsequent years of his life. He is regarded as a man of exceptional experience and since July, 1918, has been manager for the Paladini Company, with branches in Monterey and vicinity. He first went to Antioch, where he handled the company's Sacramento business and then he came to Monterey.

Mrs. Jesse Zanetta was Miss Kissiah Coffrin, of Salinas, before her marriage, and her father was Albert Coffrin, of the well known Missouri family, while her mother was a Bonifacio. As a result of these interesting historic associations, Mrs. Zanetta is one of two children that still owns a portion of the old land grants the last grant owned by the direct descendants. Mr. Zanetta is fond of hunting and is a dog-fancier. While a stanch republican in matters of national political import, when it comes to supporting or opposing local measures he is broadly non-partisan.

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.