Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A very enterprising and successful shipper of apples, whose wide reputation is doubtless due, in part, to his experience in properly packing well selected fruit, is Peter P. Stolich, of 130 Wall street, Watsonville. He was born in romantic Dalmatia, one of the most picturesque portions of Austria, on February 25, 1875, the son of Peter and Mary Stolich, who twice crossed the wide ocean in the hope of finding what they wanted here, but twice returned to the old country. Unfortunately, perhaps, they located in Texas, instead of California; had they come out to the Pacific commonwealth, they might have found everything so much more golden that they would not have wished to return. The father was a farmer and is now deceased, but the mother is still living.

Peter P. Stolich attended the Dalmatian public schools and remained in his native land until he attained the age of twenty-two years, when he resolved to try his fortune in America. He was lucky, in the beginning, to locate in Stockton, on reaching California, for Stockton has been a good business as well as a good home town. Before long, however, he saw greater opportunities in Watsonville, and hither he removed. For awhile he worked on ranches and in orchards, but by 1900, he had so far progressed financially that he was able to embark in business for himself as a packer and shipper. Although he was compelled to commence in a very modest way, he has built up a business of enviable proportions, and in the busy season keeps fifty workers hustling to satisfy the market's demands. While giving his attention primarily to business and the wants of his patrons, Mr. Stolich also pays attention to political affairs and has had enough experience with American institutions to realize the necessity, and therefore the duty, of every citizen to vote for the best men and the best measures, rather than according to party behests.

Mr. Stolich married Miss Stella Arkulin, of Dalmatia, and they have one child, a son, named Peter. Mr.. Stolich is a third degree Knight of Columbus, a Moose, and a member of the American-Austrian Bfenevolent Association. He is public-spirited and charitable, and while looking, fondly back to his Dalmatian home, is ever ready to encourage his fellow countrymen to adopt themselves loyally to American institutions.

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.