ANGELO DI FIORE
Coming to California in the vigor of his early manhood forty-eight
years ago, Angelo Di Fiore, is an excellent representative of the
pioneer element of his day. Daring, enterprising, and full of life and
energy, he at once became identified with the development of the
horticultural resources of the state. A native of Italy, he was born in
Palermo on January 23, 1848, a son of Dominic and Rose Di Fiore, his
parents coming to the United States forty-two years ago. Both parents
have passed away.
Angelo di Fiore was educated in the public schools of Italy and Santa
Clara County, and came to America when he was twenty-two years old. He
worked on ranches for a time and later traveled over the East and
South, dealing in oranges and other fruits and became well known as an
honest and conscientious dealer. In 1874 he settled in Santa Clara
County and his first purchase of land consisted of twelve acres on
which he built his house and planted his orchard, and still is the
home-place. He bought another place of eleven acres near by and set
that to fruit trees; then he purchased forty acres in the Berryessa
district, and in addition to that has 240 acres above Saratoga; fifty
acres now in grapes, which is one of the most profitable ranches in the
fertile Santa Clara Valley. It is known as the Summit Rock Ranch, and
in order to reach this vineyard he was obliged to build seven miles of
private road. Success has come to him through his faithfulness,
industry and hard work, and he is counted among the most enterprising
and successful orchardists of his community.
Mr. Di Fiore's marriage occurred in Santa Clara and united him with
Miss Rose Flora, and they are the parents of five interesting and
intelligent children: Rose, Elizabeth, Angeline, Domenico and Genevia.
In national politics he supports and votes for the candidates as
endorsed by the Republican party. The optimistic spirit which he
possesses sustained him through all the trials of frontier existence
and brought him, in the enjoyment of a competency, tc, the present era
of prosperity and progress.
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 901
FRANK Di FIORE
SURNAMES: LOVOTTI, PENNINGTON, KARTSCHOKE,
A well-to-do and influential rancher and horticulturist who has done
much to advance California agriculture while building a fortune for
himself and near of kin, is Frank Di Fiore, a native of the province of
Palermo, in Sicily, where he was born of his native land, and round
about home worked on farms until, in 1883, he came out to California
and settled near San Jose.
At San Francisco, Mr. Di Fiore was married to Miss Lina Lovotti, native
of Buenos Aires, in South America, whose parents later removed to Italy
and then continued their migrations until they reached San Francisco.
Her father had been a cattleman, who had a transport company between
Italy and Argentine Republic, he was a man of affairs, therefore, and
something of initiative and executive talent was transmitted to his
Frank Di Fiore went to work as a laborer on ranches in the vicinity of
San Jose, and later he engaged in the growing, buying and selling of
fruit. He at first rented a fruit ranch, and then he purchased
fifty-five acres near Alviso, which he devoted to the growing of
prunes. He sold this ranch at a profit, and after that rented twenty
acres on King Road. Next he bought fifty-five acres on Cropley and
Morrill roads, set out to prunes, cherries, peaches and apricots, and
this splendid ranch he still owns—one of the finest irrigated ranches
in Santa Clara County. He also rented a part of the old Shaw ranch on
the Berryessa Road, and later bought thirty-three acres of this ranch,
all in prunes.
In September, 1911, fire destroyed the old home and the cook-house, and
in 1912 Mr. Di Fiore erected a splendid, new dwelling, together with a
new kitchen. Since then, in 1920, he has added to his new farm
buildings, a modern evaporator, doing the work of evaporating in
twenty-four hours. He sunk a well, and installed one of the first Layne
& Bowler deep-well turbine pumps for irrigation in Berryessa, since
which time the supply of water has been large. Mr. Di Fiore has also
purchased the Titus ranch of sixty-seven and a half acres near Saratoga
on the Prospect Road, devoted to prunes and walnuts, the house on this
ranch was fifty-seven years old, and was one of the old landmarks,
until it burned down in January, 1922.
The eldest son, Domenic A. Di Fiore, lives on this place.
Mr. Di Fiore is a trustee of the California Prune & Apricot
Association and also a member of the advisory board of San Jose branch
of the Bank of Italy. He was bereaved of his faithful life companion
November 20, 1917, an amiable woman mourned by her family and many
friends. Three sons made up the family of Mr. and Mrs. Di Fiore.
Domenic A. was graduated from Santa Clara University with the Class of
'12, when he received the B. S. degree and he married Miss Pennington
of San Jose. Carl Frederick is also a graduate of Santa Clara
University, a member of the class of 1915; and he received the B. S.
degree in civil engineering. Leopold Pasqual Di Fiore was given the
same degree in this subject, by Santa Clara University in 1920. Carl
married a Miss Kartschoke, of San Jose, and they have one daughter,
Dorothy. Leopold was a noted football player at college, and although
at present at home, he intends pursuing engineering. Ail three of the
sons were in the World War. Domenic enlisted in the aviation section of
the U. S. Army, was commissioned a lieutenant and served overseas for
nearly two years. Carl Frederick enlisted in the U. S. Engineers and
was also commissioned a lieutenant. Leopold P. enlisted in the Heavy
Artillery and served overseas until after the armistice. So not only
Mr. Di Fiore, but the citizens of Santa Clara County are proud of the
record of the three boys.
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1154
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