Among the Italian-American business men of San Jose, Gaspare Greco occupies a prominent place. He was born in Italy August 16, 1877, the son of Fortunato and Josephine Greco, who immigrated from their native land of Italy and settled first in New Orleans, later at Redwood City, Cal., where the father established the Greco Salt Works, owning and operating it up to the present time. Gaspare Greco was educated in the public schools of New Orleans, where the family located upon their arrival in the United States. His first independent venture in the business world was as a manufacturer of macaroni in New Orleans, where he owned and operated the largest bakery there for ten years; then for ten years he was engaged in the wholesale and retail grocery business; next he became extensively interested in the brewing business, organizing three companies and being connected with four others, among them being the Dixie Brewing Company. In 1917 he came to California and with his brother, Anthony, organized the Alba Canning Company and served as its president for two years. In 1920 he engaged in the canning business on his own responsibility and organized and erected the plant of the Santa Clara Valley Canning Company, of which he served as president. Owing to his initiative, coupled with unlimited energy, he helped to start the big boom in the canning business which has resulted in a complete reformation of the methods employed. The marriage of Mr. Greco united him with Miss Marie Sparicio, and to them three children have been born: Joseph G., vice-president of the Greco Salt Company, at Redwood City, owned by his grandfather, Fortunato Greco; Josephine, Mrs. Philip Barbaccia, and Fortunato. Capable and industrious, Mr. Greco is well deserving of the prosperity he has enjoyed, and he is a loyal supporter of his adopted city of San Jose.

From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1603


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