Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Frank J. Scrivani is one of the leading orchardists of the Pajaro valley and exerts a strong and beneficial influence in business circles of Watsonville. He was born in 1884, in the Pajaro valley, and is a son of E. and Rose Scrivani, natives of Italy. The father setled in Santa Cruz county in 1872 and became one of the pioneer fruit growers of the Pajaro valley. Frank J. Scrivani received his education in the public schools of Watsonville and since he was eighteen years of age has engaged in business for himself. He and his brother leased land on Mud flat, now known as the Trafton district; and devoted their energies to the cultivation of the soil, raising hay, grain, apples and vegetables. In 1912 Frank J. Scrivani decided to specialize in fruit growing, finding that branch of agriculture the most profitable, and is now leasing an apple orchard on the San Juan road. It is a tract of eighty-seven acres, devoted to the cultivation of bellflowers, Newton pippins and other choice varieties of apples. Mr. Scrivani has acquired an exhaustive knowledge of the apple industry, of which he has made a life study, and is recognized as an authority on matters pertaining thereto. He is an independent grower, packer and shipper of green and dried fruits, and by concentrated effort and wise management has built up a business of large proportions. His shipments average one hundred and fifty carloads annually.

Mr. Scrivani married Miss Charlotte Garbarino, a native of San Jose, California. He is affiliated with the Catholic church and faithfully follows its teachings. He is a member of Watsonville Council, No. 953, of the Knights of Columbus, and also belongs to Watsonville Parlor, No. 65, of the Native Sons of the Golden West. A man of progressive ideas and enterprising spirit, Mr. Scrivani has won success on his own merits and stands deservedly high in the esteem of his fellow citizens, who have found him thoroughly dependable in every relation of 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.