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From Majkovi, Dalmatia to Santa Clara County


SURNAMES:  Klunak, Simonitsch, Stockard,Ladner,

A successful and progressive rancher who has been a resident of Santa Clara County since June 2, 1889, is Nickolas Zarevich, who was born in the village of Majkovi, near Ragusa, Dalmatia, February 18, 1871, a son of Anton and Mary (Klunak) Zarevich, farmers who were representatives of very old farmers in that county, their lives having been devoted to husbandry. Nickolas was the youngest of their five children and he and his brother
Anton, also of Santa Clara County, are the only ones in the United States.  He was brought up on the home farm, having the advantages of public schools of his section.  Having decided to cast his lot with California, of which he had heard as well as read favorable reports, he started for New York when eighteen years of age, arriving in San Jose June 2, 1889.  He immediately found employment in orchards and began studying horticulture, thus obtaining the knowledge and experience in this branch of agriculture that has been so valuable to him in later years. During this time he was six and one-half years in the employ of Capt. Blake of Cupertino.  Having accumulated some means, he invested his money in a ranch which he was fortunate to sell at a profit and in this way owned four different places before he purchased twenty-five acres, the nucleus of his present place.

At. St. Mary's Church, San Jose, April 24, 1898, the ceremony uniting Mr. Zarevich and Miss Annie Simonitsch, was performed by Rev. Joseph Miller.   Mrs. Zarevich was born at Richmond, Minn.  Her father, Jacob Simonitsch, was a native of Kranska, Austria, and and came to Minnesota when a young  man, becoming a prosperous merchant in Richmond,  Ther he married Gertrude Stockard, of German descent.  On accont of his wife's health, Mr. Simonitsch removed to Oregon, where his wife died in 1889. In 1891 he came to Santa Clara County and began fruit raising, becoming a large orchardist.  He passed away September 11, 1897, leaving two  daughters, Mrs. Mary A. Ladner of Cupertino and Annie, now Mrs. Zarevich, who was educated in Notre Dame Academy, Santa Clara.

After their marriage, Mr. And Mrs. Zarevich engaged in fruit raising on their orchard place, which they have given great care.  Meeting with success, from time to time have purchased additional acreage until they now own 112 acres, all in a body and conveniently located on Stevens Creek Road; ninety-five acres of the place is devoted to a prune orchard and the balance is in apricots, the place being operated with the most modern machinery. Mr. and Zarevich have two children;
Teresa is a graduate of Note Dame high school, San Jose, class of 1919, now attends the State Teacher's College in San Joe.  Ivan was educated at Santa Clara College and Heald's  Business College, San Jose, and is now assisting his father.  Mr. Zarevich is a member of the Knights of Columbus, St.  Joseph's Benevolent Society, the Austrian Benevolent Society, the Salavonian- American Benevolent Society of  San  Jose and with his family is a member of St. Joseph de Cupertino Catholic Church.  Mrs. Zarevich is an active member of the Alter Society of the above church and of the Catholic Daughter of  San Jose.  Mr. Zarevich is a believer in and supporter of the Republican principles, and is a member of the California Prune & Apricot Association.


Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,
 published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1650




Zarevich - In Cupertino, September 23, 1944, Nicholas, beloved husband of Annie M. Zarevich; loving father of Miss Teresa M. and Ivan Zarevich; brother of Anton Zarevich; a native of Majkovi, Dalmatia, Jugoslavia, aged 73 years. Member of St. Joseph Benevolent Society; Slavonian American Benevolent Society and Austrian American Benevolent Society, all of San Jose.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral Tuesday, September 26, 1944, at 9:30 am from his late residence, Route 1, Box 79, Stevens Creek road, thence to St. Joseph's church in Cupertino where a requiem mass will be offered for the repose of his soul at 10 am, thence to the Santa Clara Catholic Cemetery.

Recitation of the Rosary Monday at 8:30 pm at the residence.
A.W. Nuttman Service.

San Jose Evening News - Sept 25, 1944


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