Santo Bortolazzo (1884-1965)
Santo Bortolazzo was born on September 19, 1884 in Crespano Del Grappa, Italy. Vittoria Recanello was born on September 28, 1886 in Crespano Del Grappa and died in Santa Barbara on January 11, 1932 at the age of 45. Santo and Vittoria married in Italy and together they immigrated to Santa Barbara in 1910. Santo worked as a gardener on a private Montecito estate. On his World War II Draft Registration Card, Santo indicated that he became a U.S. citizen in 1922. Santo and Vittoria had two children, Julio and Lina. Julio went on to receive his PhD from Harvard and was a pioneer in California’s community college system, including Santa Barbara City College. Lina died in 1947. In the 1930 census, Santo reported that he owned his own home on S. Voluntario Street in Santa Barbara. By 1932 local directories indicate that he owned Bortolazzo Grocery on Cacique Street. Santo died on May 18, 1962 in San Mateo, California.