The Valley of Heart's Delight

Founder of the Bank of Milpitas


Envialbly prominent, popular and influential for great good, Edward P Giacomazzi of Milpitas, may well feel that he is enjoying some defininte reward for the years of labo rand risk which have led up to the postion he now occupies as one of the representative men of affairs of Santa Clara County.  A native son, he was born in San Jose on March 22, 1879, the son of Peter and Poalina Giacomazzi [
Ed. Note- see obit for Peter below], worthy folks who never failed to have the confidence and esteem fo those who knew them. His father was a native of Canton Ticino, Switzerland, and when a young man, he came out to the United States and California, and settled in Santa Clara County. At first, he worked in the lumber mill on the Alameda, and leter he engaged in the cattle business near Pescadero.  Edward attended Santa Clara College, and also the old Garden City Business College on Market Street; and after a while his father  discontinued stockraising and embarked in the handling of general merchandise, at Soledad, in Monterey County.  From his father he learned the ins and outs of the trade, and for ten yeasr was his right-hand man.  Then he became one of  the bookkeepers at the Spreckles Sugar Company, at Spreckels, Cal., and that responsibility he continued to discharge for a twelve-month.

Peter Giacomazzi then sold his business at Soledad and removed to San Jose, where he joined Felix Maggini in a partnership to conduct a general merchandise store on Thirteen Street; and Edward remained with his father in this new venture for four years.  In 1903 he came to Milpitas and, having bought out Mr. Muller, established for himself a genreal merchandise store.  In 1905, he was appointed the postmaster of Milpitas, and he was also mde deputy county clerk under Henry Pfister.  In 1911, Mr. Giacomazzi cooperated in the founding of the Bank of Milpitas, and so well has this institution been conducted that the Bank of Milpitas has the record of being the first bank in Santa Clara County to pay divdends the second year of its existence.  Mr. Giacomazzi has been director of the bank since its establishment, and since 1917, when he was elected to succeed Michal Lynn, has been its president.

At San Jose, in 1899, Mr. Giacomazzi was married to Miss Amelia Ramelli, a native of Santa Clara County, and the daughter of Joseph and Mary Ramelli.  Her father, a very early pioneer, was a dairyman whe he came to Californai and he had a dairy farm of 120 acres on Coyote creek, about twelve miles south of San Jose.  One daugher, Elsie, a student at the high school, has blessed the union.  Mr. Giacomazzi is a member fo the Lodge No. 522 of the B. P. O. E., and he is a strong Republican.

Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1494


GIACOMAZZI - Near San Jose, March 27, 1901. Pietro A., beloved husband of Poalina GIACOMAZZI and father of E.P. GIACOMAZZI, a native of Switzerland, aged 58 years, and 7 months.

Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to-morrow (Friday), march 29th, at 10 o'clock a.m. from his late residence, Twelth street and Berryessa road. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery.
Source: San Jose Daily Mercury, Thursday Morning,- transcribed by jch

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