VALLEY OF HEART's DELIGHT
cferoben from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara
County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922.
LUIGI M. MARIOTTI
-A substantial citizen of Los Gatos who
contributed his full share to its steady upbuilding is Luigi M.
Mariotti, who was born in the Province of Massa Carrara, Italy, on
December 26, 1862. He was the son of Augustine Mariotti, a man of
affairs in the old home place, but both father and mother are now
deceased. The fourth of a family of six children, Luigi M. Mariotti was
educated in the schools of his native province, and later assisted his
father in his business until 1887, when
he came to America, arriving at
Napa, Cal., with $10.40 in his pocket, where for the next nine years he
worked on ranches. He began working at eighteen dollars a month and
later started in the fruit business in San Francisco, made some money
and went to Los Angeles, where he worked in a soda works two years.
Then, after a short time spent in Napa, he went to San Francisco, where
he engaged in the grocery and fuel business, and later he was in the
liquor and cigar business, remaining there until 1907, when he took up
his residence at Los Gatos.
As early as 1904 Mr. Mariotti had purchased the Los Gatos Hotel
Main Street, that city, and after the fire in 1906, he sold out his
bakery and in 1907 came to Los Gatos and took charge of the hotel.
About the same time he established the
Soda Works, which he
built up to a large business. In 1912 he discontinued the hotel
business and converted it into a lodging house and restaurant that he
rents, also four other stores.
He purchased to the rear of the lot at the comer of Main and
streets and here he now has an acre of ground, and manufactures all
kinds of soft drinks, in which he has built up an excellent patronage.
He also owns other valuable residence property in Los Gatos, which he
In 1900 Mr. Mariotti took a trip back to his native Italy and while
there was married to Miss Elena Babini, and shortly after their
marriage they made the long journey to San Francisco. Six
children blessed their marriage: Therese, August M., Frank, Julia,
Eugene, all at home, and are receiving every educational advantage
which their parents can bestow upon them. Mr. Mariotti has been favored
with good success in his business enterprises and is numbered among Los
Gatos' prosperous citizens, a well-earned reward for his years of
thrift. He is a member of the Druids in San Jose, and in politics is an
independent, favoring every movement that will aid in the progressive
development of this beautiful district of California.