Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A man thoroughly experienced in the handling and the sale of fish, and who has done much to continue the fame of Monterey as the great fish mart of this part of the Golden state, is Antonio D'Acquisto, the wide-awake, far-seeing and genial manager of the ever-expanding Del Monte Fish Company. He is a native of sunny Italy, and was born on September 13, 1873, the son of Vito and Mary (Cefalco) D'Acquisto, who came to the United States in the year 1905. They made their way west and settled in San Francisco, where Mr. D'Acquisto died. The good mother, who was devoted both to her husband and to her family, is yet living, a joy to her children.

Antonio went to the public schools in Italy and then worked at various occupations until, at the age of twenty-five, he accompanied his folks to the new world. He remained in San Francisco only a few months and then he accepted a position with the Alaska Packers Association in Alaska; remaining with that concern for ten seasons and for seven years serving as foreman. He worked untiringly and it is not too much to say that the hardships he could relate would fill a readable volume. In 1915 he came south to Monterey for the Western California Fish Company, and later, when the name of the company was changed and it became the Del Monte Fish Company, he consented to accept the appointment of manager.

Mr. D'Acquisto was married to Miss Josepha Arioto, and they have five children: Mary, Vito, Margareta, Minzio, and Grace. Mr. D'Acquisto is a live wire in the Monterey Chamber of Commerce, and is also active in republican political movements. One of the most progressive in the local Italian-American colony, he is constantly encouraging his fellow-countrymen to become citizens and to assume and properly discharge their duties in civic life.

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.