In 1849, Grandfather Fatjo came North
from Chile to California, and at
San Francisco he engaged in wholesaling general merchandise, and he
also established a retail store in Santa Clara, being one o the first
extensive merchants here. He also started the first tannery in Santa
Clara, the Eberhart Tanning
Company, being is successor. He died in
Santa Clara at he age of seventy-three, mourned as one of the truly
"first citizens" of town and county.
Anton V. Fatjo, the father of our
subject, married Mrs. Refugio
(Malarin) Spence, a native of Monterey, a gifted and attractive woman
who made many friends and was greatly missed when she died at Santa
Clara in 1910. These good parents had two boys and a girl; Robert
our subject, being the eldest, while the others are named Delphine and
Robert A. Fatjo was born at Santa
Clara on December 13, 1876, and was
educated at Santa Clara College. After this he took his place in the
Santa Clara real estate office of Fatjo & Lovell, when his father
went into banking; and later, in 1910, he organized the Mission Bank
was its president until 1917, when it was sold to the Bank of
Since then, he has been the manager o the Santa Clara branch of the
latter bank. He is also the vice- president of the Santa Clara
and Loan Association, in which his father was a treasure, and he is a
director in the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. In national politics a
Republican, he is ever ready to "boost" the locality in which he lives.
At Santa Clara in 1902, Mr. Fatjo was
married to Miss Teresa Farry, who
was born and reared at that place; and their union has been blessed
with the birth of two children- Mary Teresa and Robert J. Jr. The
family are members of St. Claire's Catholic Church at Santa Clara while
Mr. Fatjo is a charter member of San Jose Council, Knights of Columbus,
and is also a member of Santa Clara Parlor, N. S. G. W.
(see Banks of San Jose)
SURNAMES: SALCEDO, MALARIN, SPENCE,
An interesting representative of an early Santa Clara
family is Robert A. Fatjo, the affable manager of the Santa Clara
Branch of the Bank. of Italy. He is a son of the pioneer, Anton V.
Fatjo, once a director of the old Santa Clara Valley Bank at Santa
Clara, which was later absorbed by the Bank of Italy. He was town
treasurer for many years, and at his demise, in 1917, our subject
succeeded him as city treasurer. He came to Santa Clara from Chile,
South America, where he was born, and as he grew up here, he entered
heartily into the building up and the upbuilding of both the city and
county; and being public-spirited, and in no wise a politician, he gave
his salary as city treasurer to the Library, the Woman's Club, the
Chamber of Commerce and the firemen of Santa Clara, and his son,
Robert, is a chip off the old block, and does likewise.
The Fatjo family tree goes back to Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain, and
to the thirteenth century, and although many of them have since figured
as merchants and bankers, our subject's ancestors were for the most
part orchardists, viticulturists, agriculturists and dairy farmers.
Grandfather Anton Fatjo [see bio
below]was born in Spain, where he attended the
Spanish schools until he was fourteen, when he began to prepare for the
priesthood; but owing to his ill-health, it was determined to send him
to Chile with a friend of the family, a merchant well acquainted there,
and thus he rose to be a merchant himself, dealing in drygoods, and to
marry Miss Marians Salcedo, a Chilean lady. In time they made a trip to
Spain,and while they were there, their
youngest child, Louis M. Fatjo, was
born. They had five children, and the second in the order of
Anton Fatjo, Robert A. Fatjo's father.
Transcribed cferoben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 623
Cattle and Mercantile Business-Santa Clara
SURNAMES: RAVENTO, SALCEDO, RAVENTOS
Antonio Fatjo is a native of Spain, and was born in 1828, at
Barcelona. He is the fourth son of John and Madsona (Ravento)
Fatjo. In his fifteenth year, after being educated in the classic
school of Barcelona, he was sent to South America under the care of Dr.
Noguera, on a tour for his health. His ancestors were of an old
and wealthy family of Spain, and under the primogeniture laws he, being
the fourth son, would inherit nothing from his fathers estate.
Knowing this, young Fatjo, on reaching Santiago, Chili, informally left
his traveling companion, when a merchant of that city came on board the
vessel, inquiring for educated young Spaniards, who would make good
clerks. He was employed as a clerk in the wholesale dry-goods
house of Infanta Bros., of Santiago. In Chili young men of old
Spanish families are sought after to be employed as mercantile clerks,
and the father of young Fatjo being prominently known he easily
obtained the situation, when he abandoned the voyage proposed by his
father. He remained with Infanta Bros., at Santiago, for six
years, when, in 1849, hearing of the fabulous gold finds in California,
and crazed by the reports, he conceived the uncontrollable desire to
visit those rich fields, and, asking for a leave of absence, he
left his place behind the counter, never to resume work again in
Santiago. He came to Santa Clara, where he met Joseph Argues,
with whom he became associated, and with whom he was connected in
business many years, dealing in cattle and carrying on mercantile
business in Santa Clara.
At Santiago, Chili, in 1847, he was married to M. Salcedo, who died at
Barcelona, Spain, in 1865, and by whom he had five children:
Antonio, Amelia, John, Clorinda, and Luis.
Twice Mr. Fatjo has been obliged, on account of failing health, to
visit Spain, the first time spending only a few months, but at another
twelve years, his sons who were associated with him still carrying on
the mercantile business at Santa Clara. He married his second
wife, Mrs. Raventos, in Santiago, Chili, in 1877. He and his
family are Catholics and members of the Catholic Church at Santa Clara.
Mr. Fatjo has had an active business life, and success has crowned his
efforts, and now, having his sons, who are still connected with him, to
bear the burden of business pursuits, he has in a measure retired, and
is peacefully and happily spending the declining years of his life in
the enjoyment of his children and grandchildren, blessed with all that
makes home pleasant and life happy.
From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California,
Illustrated. - Edited by H.
S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.
Transcribed by Kathy Sedler
Proofread by Betty Vickroy
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