MITCHELL, NICK and PETER
SURNAMES: SKANSE, MUNOZ
As keen and progressive burnishes men of Santa
Clara County the three brothers, Mitchell, Nick, and Peter Ucovich,
compose a trio of successful restaurateurs, who have taken their place
in the ranks of active business men. Mitchell Ucovich, the eldest
of the three brothers , was born in Dalmatia, Jugo-Slavia, in 1881, a
son of Paul and Mary (Skanse) Ucovich. The father, Paul Ucovich,
was a successful farmer in his native land, acquiring some 10,00 acres
of land, on which he raised olives and grapes. Both parents are
deceased. They were the parents of eight children, one of whom is
deceased, the other seven children being the heirs to the large estate
left intact by the father.
Nick Ucovich was born in Dalmatia in 1884, and Peter, the youngest of
the three brothers, was born in 1886. The boys were reared on the
farm, and there learned valuable lessons in industry and thrift.
Two of their maternal uncles were early settlers in Leeds City, N. D.,
and wrote such glowing letters to the family in Dalmatia that Mitchell
Ucovich determined to seek his fortune in the far-away land of promise,
and in 1898 he embarked for America, landing in New York City May
2. Remaining there but a short time, he came direct to San Jose,
where he began working the Overland Restaurant. His early lessons
in frugality caused him to save his earning and invest in business for
himself. In a few years he was able to purchase the Overland
Restaurant, and on April 19, 1906, he was joined by his brother Nick
Ucovich, and in 1908 the third brother, Peter, joined them. They became
the owners of two restaurants, which they later disposed of, and in
t1916 the restaurant known as "Nick's Place," at 9 North Market streets
, was established. Nick Ucovich was the originator of the
establishment and the name was suggested by him.
The marriage of Nick Ucovich united him with Josephine Munoz, and Peter
Ucovich married Isabella Munoz, her sister, both natives of San Jose
who were daughters of an early Spanish family. Mr.. and Mrs. Peter
Ucovich have one child, Mitchell.
Mitchell Ucovich is a naturalized citizen and is an adherent of the
principles of the Republican party, and supports its candidates for
various offices. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Loyal
Order of Moose. He is the business manager, while Nick and Peter
Ucovich are the efficient chefs, a combination that is bringing them
the deserved patronage and success. They are stockholders in the
new Growers' Bank and take just pride in local community affairs.
As public-spirited citizens they subscribe liberally to all measures
that lead toward the advancement of the locality in which they live.
Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. 1361