Monterey County California Genealogy and History

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EUGENE S. FRANSCIONI

Eugene S. Franscioni is the oldest of six children born to Sereno and Mary (Marentis) Franscioni, his brothers and sisters being William, who is associated with his father in the retail meat business; Margaret, now Mrs. Guy Cavalli; Albert, an automobile mechanic; Lillian, a clerk in the department store of Soledad Mercantile Company at Soledad; Edward, a senior in the Soledad high school. William and Albert are veterans of the World war, serving in the navy. Sereno Franscioni, a native of Switzerland, came to California as a young man and for some time was the proprietor of a ranch. He then opened a butcher shop in Soledad, in which line of activity he is still engaged. His wife is a daughter of Don Pedro Marentis, who received a land grant of about ten thousand acres near San Juan. Upon this tract he built a large frame residence-one of the first frame houses in this section of California-and it was in this house that Mrs. Franscioni was born. The house is still standing and occupied as a dwelling.

Eugene S. Franscioni was born November 14, 1890, in the same house where his mother's birth occurred. After attending the local schools he completed his education by a course in the Santa Cruz Business College. The next four years were spent as a clerk in the mercantile establishment of the Walter Cornett Company (now Iverson & Davies) at Soledad. He was next employed as a plumber on the coast division of the Southern Pacific Railroad for about four years. Giving up that position, he became a pumper for the associated oil Company and remained with that corporation for two years. In 1919 he started in business for himself as a general insurance agent. As he had always taken a keen interest in political questions and his business as an insurance man brought him into contact with public and professional men, it was not long until he was recognized as one of the local republican leaders. This led to his appointment as postmaster at Soledad in 1922. Although this appointment was made as a reward for political services, Mr. Franscioni realizes that the post office is a business institution and it has been his ambition to conduct the office at Soledad purely upon that basis.

Mr. Franscioni holds membership in the Soledad Chamber of Commerce, the Masonic fraternity, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Foresters. In 1914 he married Miss Jennie D. Frolli, who was born in Soledad, where her family have been prominent for years. They have two children: Eugene, Jr., and Denice.

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.